SteamDB is a site that tracks various public information provided by Steam itself, from player counts to regional prices. It is not a platform that sells or distributes games, but SteamDB has now come under criticism from Sega due to the mistaken belief that it has illegal access to Yakuza: Like a Dragon.
According to SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik, “Sega’s lawyers are trying to bring down Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s SteamDB page claiming that we are distributing the game. I have removed the page because they did not respond to the first report of abuse. and sent a new one to our host. “Djundik says SteamDB receives DMCA takedown requests with some regularity, but these issues tend to be resolved“ quickly. ”“ Sega, on the other hand, ignored all responses. ”
If you go to the SteamDB page for Yakuza: Like a Dragon, it now simply says “This page has been removed because Sega claims we are distributing their game here (we are not).” This is an oddly specific target for Sega, as other Yakuza games, including ports released more recently than Like a Dragon, are unaffected, as are all of the other titles Sega has released on Steam.
We’ve reached out to Sega for more information and will update if we learn more.
SteamDB does not support hacking, it does not provide downloads, it does not sell keys, it does not link to any websites that perform any of these activities. https://t.co/Cv33ml7Anm
– Pavel Djundik (@thexpaw) March 29, 2021
A little silly for Metacritic’s Editor of the Year, but hey, putting together some of the greatest RPGs we’ve seen in ages doesn’t necessarily mean your lawyers automatically understand the Internet.