Blizzard Plans to Sue Lilith Games for Ripping-Off Assets From WoW
World of Warcraft developer Blizzard is going after Lilith Games in Taiwan and China. Lilith Games is the creator of DOTA Legends, a popular mobile game in the region. So why exactly is Blizzard suing Lilith?
Well, Blizzard claims that DOTA Legends infringes upon scene and character from their popular MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The company says it did not authorize the use of such assets from their title to Lilith Games. Hence, it is a violation of Taiwan’s Trademark Act and the Copyright Act.
According to Blizzard’s Paul Sams:
“We strongly believe that DotA Legend infringes on our Warcraft and World of Warcraft copyrights and trademarks, and we are aggressively pursuing our options under the law to protect our content.”
He further added:
“As a company whose business is based on creative content, it’s vital that we defend our intellectual property rights, and we will continue to do so in accordance with local laws and regulations in Taiwan and other regions around the world. In order to preserve a sustainable environment for creative and technology-based companies like Blizzard and its partners to thrive in Taiwan, it’s critical that intellectual property rights be protected.”
The irony is that Lilith has also filed a similar complaint in the US against uCool. Claiming that uCool’s Heroes Charge is clone of their DOTA Legends. I have to say this is pretty hilarious!
On a more serious note, cloning or re-skinning is a huge problem for mobile games. What’s even more concerning is that Play Store, Windows Marketplace and App store are filled with such games. They show no real creativity and are just clones of popular games.
Google, Windows and Apple seem not to be doing much to insure such products aren’t distributed through their channels. On the other hand, Blizzard or any other company has complete right to secure their properties, but they should try and get to the root of the problem as well.
As soon as more information comes our way regarding this story, we’ll let you know. So check back with us later.