Trek Industries

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Trek Industries
Meet Trek Industries, The King of stealing assets from COD.
Founded: 2006

Trek Industries formerly Spiral Game Studios is an independent video game developed who is currently developing his new game called Orion: Prelude or known as Orion: Dino Beatdown and Orion: Dino Horde, the game was initially released in 2009 as a multiplayer beta test.

Why They Suck

  1. The company has a long history of accusations, scandals, and damage control. Before the game officially exited its beta stage in 2012, an employee of the company posted this article[1] on its developer. The head of the company, David Prassel, is most infamously known for a KickStarter scam for the game. He supposedly received $20,000 in community donations, and then proceeded to fire his team without any given warning, leaving them with no money or form of compensation for their work.
    • The company also treated their employees poorly and pushed them to their limits in order for them to meet deadlines. One employee lost consciousness due to being overworked and another had to buy his own plane tickets to support David. Combined with allegations of an autocratic working environment, working at the studio is basically hell. For more in-depth information, you can read this thread on Reddit.[2]
  2. Trek Industries has also stolen the assets of many games and used them in Orion. A model of a T-Rex in the game was stolen from Primal Carnage. The only changes made to it are the slightly skewered proportions, a new texture for the body, and a redone head.
  3. In June 2016, Activision filed a DMCA takedown claim on Orion, stating that the game had stolen assets from some of its Call of Duty titles. This resulted in the game being pulled from Steam for a day, and Trek Industries was not happy about this. They claimed Activision was attempting to hurt the sales of their product and that no assets of any form were taken from the company. To prove their point, they posted two[3] comparison[4] images. While the first comparison shows the weapons aren't identical in design, the second one has parts of the gun look suspiciously like the one in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Soon after, two[5] more[6] comparisons were done by users on this[7] Reddit page, which show that Trek Industries is indeed guilty of stealing assets from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Activision was right to file a takedown notification. Trek Industries even admitted the designs of the guns were copied from Call of Duty games days after the evidence was put on display.


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