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Hearthstone copycat hit by Blizzard lawsuit – report

Tuesday, 21st January 2014 23:01 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Blizzard and Chinese partner Netease are reportedly suing the company behind Legend of Crouching Dragon, a Chinese mobile title accused of ripping off Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

According to MMOCulture‘s interpretation of Chinese media, Blizzard and Netease have filed suit against Unico for ¥10 million (that’s Chinese yuan, not yen, and about $1.65 million).

The iOS and Android title contains assets and gameplay noticeably similar to Hearthstone’s, and has been hailed as a clone of Blizzard’s free-to-play card battler since it came to western attention in October 2013. The game is reportedly no longer available for download, but existing players are still able to play.

Blizzard is yet to respond to media queries over the lawsuit, but as Gamespot notes, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime acknowledged the existence of “another game that is infringing on [the] Hearthstone intellectual property” in November 2013, and said that Blizzard’s “legal department is taking legal action against that”.

Hearthstone is now in open beta in North America, with other territories expected to join in over the next few days.

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6 Comments

  1. Tormenter

    The video game industry is built on clone ripoffs and the big companies are as guilty as anyone else… There is already plenty of precedent for accepting this is common practice.

    If Blizzrad and friends succeed with the suit then it’s a disgusting travesty

    #1 8 months ago
  2. lolatfanboys

    Wow, first Blizzard rips off the Warhammer franchise and then when they have the big bucks they file law suits. Shame on you!

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Darkfield

    You guys missing the point, they are clearly using trademark art assets as well as game play copy paste. It’s like Motor Rock, where it shamelessly copied everything Rock and Roll Racing was into 3D engine, even the voice overs by the announcer. Or there was an iOS game back in a few years ago that exactly used art assets from World of Warcraft. Like the t13 priest shoulders, Death Knight’s Bone Armor, The Bow from Illidan, etc. There’s a distinctive difference between cloning gameplay mechanics and adding your own ideas to it and building a game on top of it than exactly copy-pasting stuff from other developers. Why they never filed a lawsuit against Titan Quest, Divine Divinity, Torchlight devs and so on? because there were no stolen assets from the games Blizzard has made.

    Clearly none of you played HearthStone to know the difference so stop drawing conclusion based on your resentment for Blizzard, that is outright embarrassing.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Tormenter

    @3

    “Clearly none of you played HearthStone to know the difference so stop drawing conclusion based on your resentment for Blizzard, that is outright embarrassing.”

    People ARE allowed their OWN agenda you know.. comments are sometimes made because of the details of the situation, be they right or wrong, and not just from the sheer hate of a particular company/entity (although I do have plenty of that when the situation is called for)… and this dumbassed perpetuation that someone can’t complain because of a perceived RIGHT to complain rather than just through a need to cause mindless agros is as fucking stupid as you seem to think I/we are.

    Or to put it plainly.. Shut the fuck up.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Darkfield

    @4 in other words “I’m so fucking pissed when someone on the internet points out when I’m talking out of my ass, I shall be mean, nasty and foul to them.” Also crying in your mommy’s bosoms would help.

    One more thing, you are entitled to your informed opinion, not when you pulling garbage out of your rear end like a cheap one-trick magician.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Tormenter

    @6

    Really.. I said what I did.. and THAT retort is all you have?

    I gave it to you on a plate. With the stance I took you should have been able to rip me a new one.. Missed opportunity. Word of advice.. when you’re return includes ‘crying’ and ‘mommy’.. you need new words.

    You’re a real winnur, you are.

    #6 8 months ago

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