Legendary and Infamous: The Story of the M4A4 Howl

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Legendary and Infamous: The Story of the M4A4 Howl

Lots of skins are in demand for CSGO! One reason is the masterful work of art. On the other hand, some skins have reached legendary status in the community because of controversy. One example is the M4A4 Howl. So, how did it gain fame and notoriety? Why did it need to be reborn? Well, if you don’t know the tale of the M4A4 Howl then here it is.

The Fraudulent Beginning

It began in 2014, during the explosion of the CSGO Market. A year before, Valve released the Arms Deal update, which finally allowed players to buy the CSGO skins of their choice, as well as trade skins with players. On top of that, artists were encouraged to pitch their ideas for skins on the CSGO Workshop. The work of creative’s whose work managed to be chosen by the community as a new skin got money.

Motivated by money and fame, many artists submitted their work, so did plagiarists. Two non-artists, Auzzii and sic, uploaded a skin and sticker called “Howling Dawn” to the workshop. Auzzii claimed to have come up with the skin, which got 4500 positive ratings. In his entry description, Auzzi said the following: “I wanted to make an interesting [sic] illustration, so I created one. It originated from a picture of my dog, it’s kind of taking the ♥♥♥♥ out of him in a way as he’s the complete opposite [sic] to the wolf.”

Rise to Prominence

Since the artwork provided by sic and Auzzii got lots of positive feedback, not only did it make it to a spot on CSGO but also on the Huntsman collection. If players are lucky, they could earn an M4A4 Howl for opening cases included in that collection. The frauds received their money, CSGO players got their skins, and Valve achieved a satisfied player base. It’s was a win-win situation for everyone, except for one individual: CanisAlbus (the original artist who made the design for the M4A4 Howl).

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In June 2014, DeviantArt user CanisAlbus found out that Auzzii’s submission did not “take cues” from his artwork. Instead, it was a complete and obvious rip-off. Angered with what had happened, he took legal action. Also, CanisAlubs posted on his DeviantArt page: “I’m just letting you know [sic] that I did design this piece, but I didn’t upload the items to the stream [sic] 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.” CanisAlubs is playing his card right because he’s asked himself “what’s my CSGO inventory worth?”

A Controversial Legend was Born

Valve received a takedown notice from DMCA; Howl and five other guns that sic worked on were taken out from the Huntsman collection. Players who never had the Howl won’t have the chance ever to get the original version. Thankfully, Valve released a new version of the MA4A Howl.

However, the first M4A4 Howl that are in players’ inventories were not taken down. In the end, they’re the ones who got the best out of the situation because they managed to get an item that became limited-edition because of a controversial scandal. Just imagine an item that’s not only rare but it has a remarkable story and in your possession. Amazing!

Did that just make you want to get on a piece of CSGO history? Well, if it did, then make it happen in a way where no one is getting stabbed in the back. Perhaps the article made you reevaluate your inventory. How much is your CSGO inventory worth?

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By | 2017-08-17T10:18:43+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: CSGO, Featured|29 Comments

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Community Specialist for PlayerAuctions. Chard is invested in a plethora of geekery: from console and retro games to Japanese anime, crime/thriller films, and Batman graphic novels. Huge fan and follower of Destiny and Halo lore.

29 Comments

  1. Default July 12, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Great content… Lots of information thanks for that… U people are doing great work… Hopefully we will get more such stories… 👍👍

  2. Logan July 11, 2017 at 5:12 pm

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    best u tuber ever tbh

  3. Chris July 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm

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  4. rnd July 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    that a hot skin

  5. Salla July 10, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Been one of my favorite skins since I started playing! Damn I need it ;-;

  6. Ilyas July 10, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    one of my favorite skin

  7. kifah July 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm

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  8. kifah July 10, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    hi

  9. kifah July 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    love your vids keep up the good work

  10. Jonathan July 10, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I’m here for the giveaway

  11. sdfsfesf July 10, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I lovew this skin soooooooooooooooooooooooo much

  12. Von Lim Dela Vega July 10, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Great Read!

  13. Noot noot July 10, 2017 at 12:01 am

    SICK

  14. julian July 9, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    nice story

  15. GeilGerman July 9, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    This skin is fire!!!

  16. SANDER July 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Sick!

  17. Kelvin Saula July 9, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I would’ve never guess, great story

  18. philip July 9, 2017 at 7:41 am

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  19. william July 9, 2017 at 7:41 am

    hey

  20. Epicturtle July 9, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hey

  21. CyborG_26 July 9, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Thanks for sharing this legendary story with us …hope u gyz do more of these 😉 lots of love .. to u Nd ALEXJGATE <3

  22. Mehul July 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Nice dude

  23. Josh July 7, 2017 at 6:52 am

    CanisAlbus is a woman… wasn’t she?

  24. Arnas July 7, 2017 at 3:01 am

    Good

  25. iWolf July 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Cool story. That skin looks clean!

  26. harry7lee June 29, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Man, this skin is 1.5K USD on the steam market!!!!

  27. Kaesyri June 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    You can’t shoot yourself in game though, TheHammer.

  28. TheHammer June 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I wish I could buy this skin man, it looks amazing when shooting noobs.

  29. Albert
    Albert June 29, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Great read. Where can I check what my inventory is worth?

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