We’ve seen Chinese and Vietnamese “developers” flat out copy successful Flash games, and steal visual assets from titles like Torchlight before. Now they’ve taken it upon themselves to rip off an actually good Facebook game, Woodland Heroes, a real-time strategy game made by alums of the studio that makes Madden NFL.
Worst part? The copycats know they can get away with it. “We really have no leg to stand on to pursue them,” said one designer from Row Sham Bow, the game’s creator. “Major bummer, yet sort of flattering?”
Probably not coincidental that this happened right after Row Sham Bow partnered with China-based Perfect World to create a new game. Not that Perfect World has anything to do with it, but it probably put Woodland Heroes on the radar out there.