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PQube, a games publisher that has over 50 games on Steam, has been accused of engaging in "predatory practices".

Toge Productions and Mojiken Studio, who are currently working on the slice of life adventure game A Space For The Unbound, accused PQube of some pretty shady behaviour on Twitter and in an official Steam news post.

In the statement they mentioned that PQube had left them feeling "manipulated and exploited" leading to a terminated agreement. According to Toge and Mojiken, the people at PQube pulled in funding from a diversity fund that's supposed to help underrepresented game devs. However, instead of giving it to the developers they hid it and then used it for their own gain, including using it to negotiate an increase in their own revenue share from the developer.

We've heard about and seen plenty of pretty terrible publishing agreements over the years, but if this is true this is a pretty new low for a publisher to use the position of a developer for their own gain in such a way.

Have asked PQube for a statement, will update if they reply.

Update: PQube sent us this statement:

We have honoured all obligations of our publishing agreement and have supported Toge Productions at every stage of product development throughout their delays and difficulties.  This support has included offering significant further funding, over and above grant funding, to support development, porting and marketing.  Toge Productions have sought for some time to unilaterally enforce unreasonable revised terms to our agreement and it is disappointing that, as a result of not achieving that and despite PQube's significant efforts to accommodate this, they have sought to deal with the matter in this way.  We will respond through the appropriate channels.

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pb 24 Aug
Is there a way to filter out topics irrelevant to, nomen omen, gaming on linux? This one is more about developing on windows...
Liam Dawe 24 Aug
Quoting: pbIs there a way to filter out topics irrelevant to, nomen omen, gaming on linux? This one is more about developing on windows...
It’s industry news and the publisher has multiple Linux games.
Cmdr_Iras 24 Aug
Quoting: pbIs there a way to filter out topics irrelevant to, nomen omen, gaming on linux? This one is more about developing on windows...

You could fitlter out the 'Meta' tag in your account profile it will then hide all these from the news feed you unless you specifically look at 'All'
tonyrh 24 Aug
I know nothing about "games publishing" but in my mind, a games developer is someone who wants to make games, while a games publisher is someone who wants to make money... off someone else creativity, talent, and hard work.
F.Ultra 24 Aug
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Quoting: tonyrhI know nothing about "games publishing" but in my mind, a games developer is someone who wants to make games, while a games publisher is someone who wants to make money... off someone else creativity, talent, and hard work.

Yes and no, if you are a games publisher then you really want to make money of your own creativity, talent and hard work when it comes to publishing which is a whole different talent than developing. Now that is of course the ideal naive version and I'm not saying that this is how every single publisher works (which this very article shows) but lets not pretend that publishing is "not work" or "not worth anything" or every single dev out there would be self published.

Now happen to get your game showcased on some big YT channel and sales will handle itself without a publisher, but that is the exception, not the rule.
KROM 24 Aug
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Quoting: tonyrhI know nothing about "games publishing" but in my mind, a games developer is someone who wants to make games, while a games publisher is someone who wants to make money... off someone else creativity, talent, and hard work.

Yeah, but the publishers usually are the ones funding the development, fully or in part, and they usually would like to get their money back. It's not that the developers don't get anything in return.
Liam Dawe 24 Aug
Quoting: Cmdr_IrasYou could fitlter out the 'Meta' tag in your account profile it will then hide all these from the news feed you unless you specifically look at 'All'
I wouldn't really advise that, unless you only ever want news on specific individual games, as Meta covers everything not about a game directly.
Eike 24 Aug
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Cmdr_IrasYou could fitlter out the 'Meta' tag in your account profile it will then hide all these from the news feed you unless you specifically look at 'All'
I wouldn't really advise that, unless you only ever want news on specific individual games, as Meta covers everything not about a game directly.

Maybe it needs another tag? "Industry News" or something, fro non-Linux related stuff that's still interesting to many people here?
Quinn 25 Aug
Greedy, manipulative publishers? Who'd have thought it!
tonyrh 27 Aug
Quoting: F.UltraNow that is of course the ideal naive version

More than naive I'd say delusional: Tencent, Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft... do I really need to go on?
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