Sega Wrongly Targets Steam Database Over Yakuza: Like A Dragon Piracy

SEGA lawyers have targeted Steam Database over piracy issues surrounding the game Yakuza: Like A Dragon, mistaking the website for a piracy site.

The lawyers at SEGA have wrongly targeted the team behind Steam Database over pirated copies of Yakuza: Like A Dragon. While some people have been pirating the new Yakuza game online, Steam Database is definitely not responsible for these pirated copies; unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to have stopped SEGA from threatening the website with legal action. 

Yakuza: Like A Dragon is the latest installment in the Yakuza series from SEGA. The game was released worldwide in November 2020 and released on the PlayStation 5 in early 2021. This Yakuza focuses on a different main character than previous installments, following the life of Kazuma Kiryu, who is trying to live a normal life after leaving the Tojo Clan. The game features all the wacky novelty fun and street brawling the series is known for, though in a first for the series it’s shifted to a turn-based combat system more familiar to fans of Persona 5 and similar titles.

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One of the creators and developers of Steam Database, Pavel Djundik (via Kotaku), has posted on Twitter about lawyers from SEGA who are trying to take down the website’s page for Yakuza: Like A Dragon after claiming that the statistics site has been distributing the game. Djundik had to take the page down himself after a claim was sent to the web host company managing Steam Database. Currently the page sports a message explaining SEGA’s accusation and blatantly refuting it.

It goes without saying that Steam Database is not a website to pirate games on. It is a site that tracks public information from multiple sources, including Steam, to display in an easy to use format. Information such as game pricing, sales and player counts can be found on Steam Database. Even though the site has always been devoted solely to viewing this kind of information, it seems that the creators receive a DMCA at least once per year. The team works hard to resolve any issues that pop up, but SEGA seems disinclined to respond to any of Steam Database’s messages on the matter. 

While it’s understandable that SEGA would want to bring the hammer of justice down on sites that help people pirate the games it works so hard to make, clearly, a mistake has been made in this case. Hopefully, SEGA and its lawyers quickly realize that Steam Database is innocent; it is simply a great tool for people to view interesting information online for free, and not for pirating games. 

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.  

Source: Twitter (via Kotaku)

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