@delenn13 This is a different sort of licensing from what you’re probably thinking of. This isn’t the Sherlock Holmes license being an issue (most of Sherlock Holmes is public domain anyway), this is their publisher, Focus Home Interactive, not transferring what amounts to their games’ entries in various platforms’ stores. Frogwares is losing access to some of their original IP games as well because of this.
To publish games via Steam, Playstation Store, etc, you have to register your game with the platform/platform holder, and that’s what these title IDs are - they’re the ID numbers of the games on the various platforms, and they’re bound to some entity on that platform (to FHI’s publisher accounts, in this case). As part of their publishing deal, FHI created these entries for Frogwares’ games, and Frogwares expected that they’d become theirs when their publishing contract expired. Instead, FHI is holding on to them and not handing them over to Frogwares. Of course, since the games themselves are Frogwares’ property and FHI only has what amounts to a database entry, FHI can’t actually sell the games, which is why they’re being removed.
It’s pretty silly, and the only reason I can think for this happening is that FHI doesn’t want to put in the effort to transfer the title IDs when the contracts expire, since it’s more complex than just pressing a few buttons and likely involves quite a bit of paperwork. It’s cheaper to let the games just languish. Unfortunately, though it’s cheaper, it’s also not consumer-friendly, and hopefully the backlash will make the transfer seem more worthwhile in their eyes xP