The Return of Ownership: Warner Bros. Contacts Developers About Steam Pages

Warner Bros., the former owners of Adult Swim Games publishing label, have reached out to several developers regarding the return of ownership of their game’s Steam pages. This news was shared by the developers of Small Radios Big Televisions and Duck Game on X yesterday. This development marks a significant reversal from Warner Bros.’s policy back in March, when it seemed like all Adult Swim Games were destined to be delisted. Landon Podbielski, the developer of Duck Game, expressed his relief on X, stating that the game is safe and will be returned to him. Similarly, Owen Deery, the developer of Small Radios Big Television, also received the good news that his game would not be retired and that ownership and store listings would be restored to him.

Initially, Warner Bros. had informed some developers that they had made a universal decision not to transfer the games back to the original studios due to resource constraints. However, the recent development indicates a change in their approach, with several developers reporting that they have received emails from Warner Bros. regarding the return of ownership of their games’ Steam pages. Super Mega Team, the developers of Rise & Shine, also confirmed that they had received a similar email from Warner Bros.

Adult Swim Games was established in 2005 but underwent restructuring by its parent company in late 2020, leading to the label becoming defunct. Despite not retaining IP rights to the games they published, Adult Swim Games controlled the Steam store pages, which could have been a significant setback for developers if delisted. The transfer of ownership of a Steam store page is a relatively simple process that can be completed in just a few clicks. However, in cases where developers are no longer operational, there is a risk that some games may never return to the Steam platform.

The recent communication from Warner Bros. to developers regarding the return of ownership of their games’ Steam pages is a positive development for the affected developers. It offers them the opportunity to reclaim control over their games and store listings, preventing the loss of years’ worth of Steam reviews. While there may still be some challenges for defunct developers to navigate, the overall gesture from Warner Bros. signifies a step in the right direction for supporting the creators in the gaming industry. Hopefully, more developers will come forward with positive experiences following this update.


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