“BUSINESS WITH YOU IS A LIABILITY”: ‘TERRARIA’ DEV CANCELS STADIA LAUNCH
Terraria, the hit sandbox adventure game from indie studio Re-Logic, will not be coming to Google Stadia following a series of tweets from studio founder Andrew Spinks regarding issues with his Google account.
“I will not be involved with a corporation that values its customers and partners so little. Doing business with you is a liability,” Spinks tweeted on Monday.
Spinks laid out a list of his grievances, asking Google why he lost access to his Google account, including an email address “over 15 years” old, with no explanation for the lockout.
“My account has now been disabled for over 3 weeks. I still have no idea why, and after using every resource I have to get this resolved you have done nothing but given me the runaround,” Spinks said. He then listed a few items lost with the account, including “thousands of dollars of apps” on Google Play, the inability to access his YouTube channel and the aforementioned email address.
Spinks then declared that the Stadia version of Terraria, currently in development, would be halted. “I absolutely have not done anything to violate your terms of service, so I can take this no other way than you deciding to burn this bridge,” he said. “Consider it burned…My company will no longer support any of your platforms moving forward.”
Re-Logic, Terraria’s developer and publisher which was founded by Spinks in 2011, issued a separate statement to VENN on Monday afternoon clarifying Spinks’ position. The studio laid out a timeline of events and how Re-Logic is impacted by the decision, saying their position is “not [one] that we take gladly or lightly.”
“Google has been a long-time partner, but the inability to resolve this for us – a supposedly valued partner – within a time nearly spanning a month is not acceptable,” the company said. “The impacts here are not isolated to Mr. Spinks’ personal affairs, apps, etc. – though to be clear, those are many and substantial as well.”
Re-Logic claims that the studio lost access to its YouTube account and “many important documents” stored on its Drive account. “The impact is material in nature – and this has been made clear to Google repeatedly,” the studio said.
Re-Logic clarified that current players of Terraria on Android devices who downloaded through Google Play will not be affected and that Spinks’ tweet only pertains to “anything not currently available.”
Terraria has sold over 30 million copies across multiple platforms since its release in 2011, including mobile devices. Terraria for Google Stadia was not officially announced by Google or Re-Logic, making its cancellation also its confirmation of existence.
Feb. 8, 3:32 p.m. PT Updated with Re-Logic’s comments.
Photo courtesy of Re-Logic