Popular free Superman Unreal Engine 5 demo ‘stolen’ and sold as $11 game on Steam

An eye-catching Superman demo, created in Unreal Engine 5 and widely distributed online earlier this year, has been acquired and sold on Steam as an $11 game.

The original proof-of-concept demo – titled A Superman Style Flight Experience (UE5) – was created by Toybox Games’ Tyson Butler-Boschma, using the City Sample from Epic Games’ The Matrix Awakens as a superhero flight sandbox. Back in April, Butler-Boschma made the playable demo available for free via itch.io, but unfortunately things are starting to go wrong here.

In early November was Butler-Boschma warned of the fact an entity calling itself Hero Game Studios had taken his demo – a project he created “for fun to show what could be made” in Unreal Engine 5 – and started selling it on Steam under the name Heroes City Superman Edition with an asking price of $10.99 US DOLLAR.

Hero Game Studios recently sued Butler-Boschma’s video from April with a copyright claim.

Initially, Butler-Boschma urged his followers to retweet his concerns and report the game on Steam. Later, however, when Heroes City Superman Edition continued to sell despite his best efforts, he took to the Steam discussion boards to warn potential buyers – whereupon Hero Game Studios forbade him under the guise of “hate speech”.

Butler-Boschma’s next move was to buy a copy of Heroes City Superman Edition to leave a Steam review where he could share his story in more detail. “I made this demo myself months ago as a proof of concept, using mostly free resources,” he wrote, “and several YouTube videos and reviews will attest to this, and I was always open and honest about it. ”

“Just to be safe, I bought this game… my game, to absolutely confirm it was my project,” he continued, “and I just confirmed this when I played it, and found the opening level I made from scratch WITH A MESSAGE FROM ME, explaining to players how the simple demo works and offering two doors to walk through.”

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“It’s morality that’s the biggest problem here,” added Butler-Boschma. “If they took it and put it on Steam for free I wouldn’t care so much, but they sell it, make wild claims, take people’s money, use pure lies and drag my name through the mud in the process. ”

Hero Game Studios responded to the review, insisting that “our game wasn’t stolen”, claiming that Butler-Boschma was “one of the former developers on our user team. [who left] a long time ago. But now he claims that the whole project is his, but this is completely false. The rights and development process of the game are entirely ours. The reason why he did this is because sales increased quite quickly. He thinks he can make money with it.”

While Hero Game Studios’ claims seemed dubious based on the timeline of events, it didn’t stop the company from pursuing Butler-Boschma further, even going so far as to claim a copyright claim on a YouTube video he made back in April to show off his Superman demo.

“They are outright attacking and harassing me right now and I don’t feel safe giving out my personal information for a counterclaim,” said an exasperated Butler-Boschma. wrote on Twitter. “I’m completely at my wits end at this point…Steam hasn’t done anything and now I have a feeling the same will happen to YouTube…”.

Fortunately, progress has finally been made, albeit two weeks later and only after the incident began to gain traction on major news outlets. The copyright claim on Butler-Boschma’s YouTube video has been resolved, and Valve has finally pulled Heroes City Superman Edition from sale – though questions remain about how it got through the platform’s sign-up process in the first place.

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