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Warner Bros. Discovery Delisting Several Indie Adult Swim Published Titles, In Response One Developer is Making Their Game on PC Free to Download

While Warner Bros. Discovery has no “L(s)” in its name, it feels like it’s making the extra effort to give itself bad press with its questionable decisions lately. The next chapter in this saga is that the company is telling some indie developers of its Adult Swim Games label that they are “retiring” their games from PC and console digital storefronts due to, according to Polygon.

If these plans go into action, more than 18 games would be lost, as the conversation of game preservation continues even more with such a move from Warner Bros. Discovery. Worse, the company known for DC superheroes or villains is refusing to transfer ownership of the game and IP to the developers as Warner Bros. Discovery ‘made the decision not to transfer ownership due to logistical and resource constraints.” The delisting process is expected to happen in the next 60 days, according to the developers affected via Polygon.

“I don’t know if they’re delisting it or deleting it. I pleaded with the rep to transfer ownership to my company, as I still retain all IP and game rights. I sent him a link to Steam’s transfer page and explained clearly that it takes literally three clicks to transfer ownership to me. He rejected my request,” Soundodger+ developer Michael Molinari said to Polygon in an email.

In response, one solo developer, Owen Deery, decided to make a stand by making their 2016 dreamlike puzzle adventure game Small Radios Big Televisions free on PC through their studio’s website. It comes into question why Warner Bros. Discovery is deciding to delist them now, but if we look at a quasi-similar move in the company’s movie decision, we might get a better idea. Warner Bros. Discovery is well known for scrapping seemingly completed movies like Batgirl and Coyote vs. Acme to get a tax break. It’s possible the same could be happening for games, although I don’t know how much money Warner Bros. Discovery would get for delisting indie games for one of its lesser game publishing arms.

The delisting news wasn’t the only thing Warner Bros. Discovery was in the news this week, as on Wednesday, the company announced it was shutting internet video game pioneer Rooster Teeth (which also has an in-house game development studio) after almost 21 years and laying off more than 150 full-time employees and content creators, alongside contractors no longer having worked with the digital company better known for Red vs Blue and RWBY.