Blizzard Sues Shameless WarCraft Rip-Off

There are a lot of mobile games out there ripping off Blizzard’s characters and series, but Glorious Saga is pretty bad even by those low standards.

As Polygon reports, Blizzard is suing the game’s creator, Sina Games, accusing it of wholesale theft of the characters from its own WarCraft series. “Every monster, creature, animal, and vehicle in the Infringing Game was copied from the Warcraft games,” Blizzard alleges.

“Weapons, amulets, and other objects were taken straight from the Warcraft games, without pretense. Audio cues and sound effects from the Warcraft games were reproduced for the Infringing Game.”

If you’re wondering just how infringing an allegation of infringement can be, here’s some footage of Glorious Saga in action:

Pretty much every single thing there is from WarCraft. Blizzard is after $US150,000 ($222,719) “per infringed work”, as well as legal fees.


Comments

    Yeah looking at that header image I think Blizzard might have a case here.

    Holy crap, I don't think there's even a word for how shameless and blatant this is.
    Blizzard doesn't even need it's army of high paid lawyers for this one, the bloody janitor could argue this!

      Even the title screen music sounds almost like a pitch and tempo shift of WoW music.

    Lol at “Hellstream”. What is that, Grom taking a wiz?

    Blizzard suing anyone for infringement just makes me chuckle about how WarCraft and StarCraft are just Warhammer / 40K with the numbers filed off because they didn’t get the license.

      YEP ! LOl I still have no idea how that got away from that one.

      By your logic, then just about every piece of high fantasy is a rip off of Tolkien.

      It's actually a myth that Starcraft was originally supposed to be a 40k game got was changed after Games Workshop turned them down. This didn't happen. The game has inspirations from 40k, but it also draws inspiration from many other sources including Alien and Starship Troopers.

      Warcraft's art style was inspired by fantasy Warhammer, and it's true they did consider pursuing the license for it at one point because they believed it would increase brand recognition and drive more sales. But it didn't happen (which was actually more to do with Blizzard's side than GW's side, as they wanted to control their own universe) and that was the end of it.

      The irony of that statement. As games workshop rips off everyone elses IP.
      Well maybe rips off is a bit harsh, but you get the point.

    Only $150k? Seems like they could go higher than that.
    t. not an expert

      That's per infraction. Not the total amount.

        Oh shit. I missed that.
        I'd hate to be Sina Games' anus after this one.

          They have only themselves to hate lol

    Suing a Chinese company for copyright violations. Good luck with that one.

    Chinese company ignores patent/copyright/trademark to create clone game/product/service. Par for the course. Remind me why countries still allow trade with China?

      Watch this go exactly nowhere in the Chinese legal system.

        I doubt it. Blizzard has a huge presence in China and a lot of pull as a big business compared to the company who made this.

        The Chinese government will easily listen to blizzard.

      Because they love their cheap electronics and the megabucks the film industry pulls in.

      I've been buying Amiibo from Japan, which have fun little notes about 'even though it says Made in China, it is a legitimate product because all Amiibo are made in China'

        Avoiding the dreaded 'Edit Zone', you'll also find that lots of Kickstarters for board games and roleplaying products, or even comics, are all printed in China because its cheaper and then shipped throughout the rest of the world.

        For some reason, most of the KS I've backed have a habit of being ready to get the product printed just in time for the chinese equivalent of Golden Week.

    Wow. See what’s even worse about this is that when you look at the character select screen, it’s clear that even though the character designs are 100% stolen, some poor artist did a great job of applying their own style to them, creating some adorable miniature fanart. So it’s not like they didn’t have any talent or skill to make use of, but rather that they were deliberately trying to associate themselves with WoW.

    Copyright infringement or not, the game looks half decent. I'd have played it.

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