In 2014 there was no gambling scandal, but a huge copyright infringement. The popular Howl skin wasn’t inspired by Auzzii’s dog, it was a shameless copy of CanisAlbus artwork on Deviantart. Atfer the DMCA takedown, the Howl Skin got a rework and skyrocked up a value of ~1000 keys (Stat FN) today. Below we collected some evidence from 2014, to cover the story of the howl scandal.
Added: 1 May 2014
Removed & Contrabanded: 12 June 2014
Update: The Hunt Begins
Journal Entry: Sun Jun 8, 2014, 7:29 AM
UPDATE: SIC (the other half of this collaborative gun skin design) has contacted me, saying that he was unaware that this canine piece was copyrighted to me. I don’t blame him for this unfortunate event. We’re currently working on to solve this, in the best case the Howl items on Steam will not be removed.
Someone has stolen one of my artworks to make a custom skin for a gun in a game called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The name of the weapon is CS:GO M4A4 Howling Dawn.
I’m just letting you know that I did design this piece, but I didn’t upload the items to the stream marketplace and the spineless worm who submitted it didn’t have my permission to do so. However, I have reported both copyright infringements and I’m hoping that the items will be removed soon, solving the case.
Great way to ruin my day, thank you for that.
CanisAlbus post on deviantart.com
VALVES official statement:
Howling Dawn Sticker
The new contraband M4A4 | Howl