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.