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).
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?