Developer Takes Down Popular Game from Steam Due to Stress, Leaving Gamers Disappointed

Developer Takes Down Popular Game from Steam Due to Stress, Leaving Gamers Disappointed


Indie Climbing Game “Only Up” Removed from Steam

A few months ago, the indie climbing game “Only Up” gained whole lot of popularity on Twitch, attracting streamers like xQC, Ninja, and Pokimane who broadcasted the game to over 279,000 simultaneous viewers. Nonetheless, the game’s developer has now abruptly removed it from the PC game store Stream, citing months of stress.

In a patch note attached to the now-removed game on Steam, the founder, Indiesolodev, stated their decision. They stated that as a solo developer, the game had caused them many of stress and they wanted to put it behind them. They likewise mentioned that they no longer wanted to worry about supporting Only Up and instead wanted to focus on their education and develop their next game.

Only Up received positive reviews on Steam and featured references to Goblintown NFTs, but some gamers complained about its use of NFT art. Speculation has arisen online that the game’s removal may be related to its incorporation of copyrighted material.

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The sudden removal of “Only Up” from the Steam store outlines the challenges faced by indie game developers. It serves as a reminder that game development can be a stressful and demanding endeavor, especially for solo developers. Indiesolodev’s decision to prioritize their well-being and education is commendable, and it will be interesting to see what they create next. The controversy surrounding the use of copyrighted material and NFT art in the game raises important questions about intellectual property and the ethical considerations in game development.

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