Activision Allegedly Files DMCA Against ‘ORION’ Game Causing Its Removal From Steam, Trek Industries Responds

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Jun. 27 2016, Updated 6:48 p.m. ET

Until today, Trek Industries and its 17 developers were welcoming in new players to their latest game, ORION, thanks to the visibility gained due to the Steam summer sale. The ambitious title is the next entry in the company’s ORION series after the series’ previous entries gained some popularity on Steam just years ago. ORION features a small price tag of just $1, and during the Steam summer sale, players were able to purchase it half off the normal price. Unfortunately, the game and the ability to purchase it have been removed from Steam due to a DMCA claim allegedly filed by Activision.

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According to Trek Industries, a complaint was filed against ORION on Steam stating that certain assets in the game violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The developer notes on the game’s Steam discussion forums that the DMCA complaint was filed on behalf of Activision due to gun asset similarities between ORION and Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Two images of guns in question are provided by Trek Industries in the post. Specifically, the Bal-27 rifle, the Haymaker rifle, and the M8A7 rifle from the listed Call of Duty games are shown in comparison to similar guns in ORION.

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