It must have come as a shock to Microsoft when the creator of Braid; Jonathan Blow, pointed out three available titles on Windows Store, which are his game’s clones.
The clone games on Windows Store are called Breid, Brady’s Adventure, and Braidy Jump. Even by judging from the titles, it’s pretty evident that these titles are inspired by Braid.
However, this is not all! These games not only have somewhat similar titles but also feature identical art, enemies, locations, and Braid’s protagonist; Tim.
What is even more embarrassing is that these games were promoted by Microsoft’s own Surface Twitter account; having about 300,000 followers.
Microsoft has assured that the matter will be dealt with an iron hand, and they’ll “act expeditiously” to the matter.
While speaking to VG247, a Microsoft spokesperson said that they respect the copyrights and ask the developers not to voilate them:
Microsoft respects the intellectual property rights of third parties and we ask that developers who distribute apps via our Store ensure their apps do not infringe the intellectual property of others.
He further added that upon receiving a complaint about copyright infringement, the company looks into the matter and remove the app from Store upon confirmation.
Microsoft provides an easy online process for developers to notify us if they believe their works are being infringed. Upon receipt of a complete notice, we act expeditiously to review the complaint and remove the app in appropriate circumstances.
It looks like Microsoft is done with their investigations as none of the three titles is available at the Microsoft Store, at the time of writing this.
You can also check out Jonathan Blow‘s official Twitter account to know the exact complaint.