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Sega accidentally accused stat site SteamDB of Yakuza piracy

Sega accidentally accused stat site SteamDB of Yakuza piracy

Japanese publishing giant Sega mistakenly flagged data site SteamDB of selling pirated copies of Yakuza: Like A Dragon.

In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, the firm said that its tech accidentally said that outfit was distributing cracked versions of the popular release. This follows SteamDB founder Pavel Djundik taking to Twitter to say that Sega was trying to take down the Yakuza: Like A Dragon page on SteamDB.

In a subsequent tweet, Djundik said that the site does not "support piracy" or sell games or link to any websites that are involved in that kind of thing.

SteamDB tracks various data for titles on Steam, including their price over time, how many people are playing them and what kind of attention they are getting from platforms such as Twitch.

"We utilize anti-piracy software to protect our games at a large scale, but sometimes it makes mistakes," Sega said in a statement to GI.biz.

"Sega will continue to fine-tune these systems to avoid this in the future and we appreciate SteamDB cooperating with us to resolve the issue quickly."


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