First-person tactical shooter Ready Or Not disappeared from Steam on June 16, leading to a slew of rumors as to why. Now it’s back, and the developers say the removal was because a “removal request was issued via Steam regarding a proposed trademark infringement in our recent nightclub map.”
Let’s start with the beginning. In an update released on June 12, New Zealand-based developers Void Interactive added a finished version of a Ready Or Not nightclub map, among other changes. So on June 16, both the game and the store pages disappeared, which means the owners could not continue playing it.
Void Interactive announced that the game was offline the same day, however did not explain the reason for the removal, and just said that they “investigated” it. Rumors spread quickly on social media suggesting that the removal was due to the finished nightclub map being added to the game on the anniversary of the nightclub shoot Pulse in Orlando, Florida in 2016. It seemed unlikely, given both that Valve is happy to have all sorts of horrible shit on Steam , and that the club map had been present in the game in whitebox form for several months.
The rumor spread quickly enough that Void Interactive issued a statement explaining the removal on Twitter:
– VOID Interactive (@VOIDInteractive) June 18, 2022
“We would like to address the rumors surrounding the removal of Ready Or Not and related pages on Steam that occurred on Thursday, June 16,” the statement begins.
“A removal request was issued via Steam regarding a proposed trademark infringement in our recent nightclub map that was shared as part of our latest Steam update. We take IP matters very seriously, and in good faith we have decided to remove the topic material and any reference to it from Ready Or Not and from any of our social media or other publications. ”
The statement does not say who made the allegation of violation, but comments from players on Twitter indicate that the nightclub in the game used a name similar to a real nightclub chain in the UK.
Now that Ready Or Not is back on Steam, the infringing content has probably been removed, although developer videos of the update will remain offline until edited. You can still find details about the update’s other new additions in the Steam patch note post from the 12th.