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Mojang “really bored” of Minecraft clones, but won’t sue makers

Wednesday, 15th February 2012 09:14 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Mojang has confirmed it won’t sue developers who make clones of Minecraft, but says it’s “bored” with those already there.

In a webchat attended by Eurogamer, Mojang boss Daniel Kaplan has said if any content that is made by them isn’t included, it’s all gravy.

“As long as they don’t use anything we made, we don’t care,” said Kaplan in the chat.

“Like, would the DOOM creators sue everybody who has done an FPS? Don’t think so.”

It comes as Minecraft clone FortressCraft has become one of the most popular games on Xbox Live Indie Games. Kaplan said he doesn’t think they add anything new.

“I’m really bored by the clones. They don’t bring anything new to the table, which is really sad.”

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5 Comments

  1. Christopher Jack

    I like his attitude, as long as they don’t physically steal any software or indistinguishable, i don’t think there should be any lawsuits based on similarities.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. absolutezero

    Thing is Mojang have no foot to stand on when it comes to being irritated at clones, seeing as Minecraft was directly influenced by Infiniminer.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    This is a strange situation. On one hand, I kinda feel Minecraft is being ripped off (I know some of similar games are great but still). On the other hand, Mojang has pretty much created a new genre with their game so calling those games clones is like calling every FPS a Doom / Wolf 3D clone.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    @3 nah, there’s a difference between using a genre and cloning a game. Cloning infers not only is the gameplay copied, but also the visual style. Point in case, fortresscraft: http://www.fortresscraft.com/

    If an FPS came out today with the same look and feel of either of the games you mention it’d also be a clone.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    bungie should sue minecraft as minecraft stole forge from halo 3

    #5 2 years ago

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