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Konami requests Skullgirls delisting

Lab Zero Games rushing to resubmit online fighter to Xbox Live and PSN

Konami has requested that the online fighting game Skullgirls be delisted from Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, allegedly without informing its developer, Lab Zero Games.

According to a report on Eurogamer, Lab Zero Games' design director Mike Zaimont mentioned Konami's delisting request during a stream on Twitch.tv. Konami co-published Skullgirls with Autumn Games, who only found out the news after it had been approved by Sony and Microsoft.

Reverge Labs now has to submit a new version of the game to both Sony and Microsoft before the Christmas break, otherwise Skullgirls will be removed from sale.

Konami ended its business relationship with Autumn last month, following a period in which Lab Zero Games' Peter Bartholow used the Skullgirls IndieGoGo page to complain of Konami's slow working practices.

So far, Konami has declined to comment on its reasons for the request.

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From the information provided in this article, without further research, and off hand it seems a little petty to me.
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 2 years ago
Very petty... completely shameful.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
Seems a case of "If it's not mine, then it'll be nobodies"

Shameful indeed.
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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance2 years ago
It's shameful on Sony and Microsoft's parts as well. How is it that Konami can request (and get accepted) the delisting of their direct competition? Anti-competitive much?

Microsoft especially, having been charged with and investigated about monopolisitic intentions, should have paused before approving this. Here's hoping Skullgirls gets a bump in sales and support due to this news.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 2 years ago
I bought skullgirls on PSN, what now? I cant download it incase my harddrive fails? Does it dissapear from your downloads or purchases made?

This is particularly, why I dont like purchasing stuff digitally, unless I can have the installer, were I can store a hardcopy on disk for myself and able to install it offline.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 10th December 2013 3:53pm

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James Prendergast Research Chemist 2 years ago
@ Steve Wetz,

Konami published the game on both services - it's "theirs" to take down as per the publishing agreement to get it on XBLA and PSN in the first place. So they're not "competitors" - they just don't want it listed under their banner. I don't know if there's a way for them to just hand over the game back to Lab Zero games. The content of the article might hint that this is currently not possible and that re-submission is required when titles are put under the umbrella of a new (for the service) entity.

However, the classy thing to have done would have been to allow the re-submission (or transfer) before this came to a head so that the game would be on the service without interruption. Especially over the potentially lucrative holiday period - which is what stings the most and why this move is so petty.

@ Rick:

Well, de-listing would be primarily because the publisher no longer has the authority to sell the game (I would think) since the two entities are no longer working together. You should still be able to access and download your game but other people won't be able to buy it (nor probably see it on the store pages). You might have to go into whatever section of the interface details your digital licenses in order to download it, though.

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
This should have been on a disc, I say, as the chances of it getting pulled out of retail would end up being up to the retailers in some cases and not the publisher even if they ordered it not be sold. Try and stop a small game shop from selling a "recalled" game (although I'd expect a price jump if this were to occur)...
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
@Rick:
I bought skullgirls on PSN, what now? I cant download it incase my harddrive fails? Does it dissapear from your downloads or purchases made?
They are re-releasing the game on January. Recently I read something about it, let me find it again...

Ok, it's from a Spanish website (trustworthy one) thing changed depending on the platform but for PSN buyers:

- Buyers of the original get the new one (Skull girls Encore) for free
- DLC of the original is not compatible with "Encore", but it will all be ported to "encore" and made available for free for a few days (including a new character).
- Savegame data not compatible (you'll have to re-start from zero)
- Brand new Trophy set (For me this is good ^^)

Source (Spanish only, sorry): [link url=""]http://www.anaitgames.com/noticias/skullgirls-resucitara-en-enero-como-skullgirls-encore[/link]
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