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Oh how the plot thickens for King.com, the developer behind the Candy Crush Saga, the same company who is currently trying to trademark the word "candy" and has filed a Notice of Opposition against the developer behind The Banner Saga for using the word "saga." Now it has come out that another developer claims that King.com stole their game idea years ago after offering to buy the game outright.
The game is called Scamperghost, and it was developed by Junkyard Sam and Nick Bray. King.com then tried to negotiate with the team to purchase the game in 2009. The developers found a better deal elsewhere, so King.com took a page out of Zynga's book and produced a clone of the game, Pac-Avoid. Both games feature nearly identical menus, gameplay, controls, and a high-score screen.
Junkyard Sam has posted other screenshot similarities on their site. It's unbelievable.
The developer goes as far as to accuse King.com of retaliating "against us (two young indie devs) by quickly making a direct clone of our game and almost released it before us!" He explained that they were only able to publish Scamperghost before Pac-Avoid because a close friend privately warned them.
They took to the IndieGamer.com forums, which of course rallied behind Junkyard Sam. King.com responded to Junkyard Sam with the following statement:
The flash world is filled of similar-looking games, and there are probably hundreds of avoider-games with similar menus, a box with enemies, and coins - and we though Scamper Ghost was awesome. We're sorry our deal didn't turn out with you guys... we were left without an avoider game that we had already planned on.
So let me get this straight...the world is filled with similar-looking games? Isn't that what King.com is on a tirade against with the similar sounding "saga" game name?
"It's obviously inspired by Pac-Man," Sam said on his site. "King.com, however, showed no respect for other people's intellectual property when they made a direct, blatant clone of Scamperghost. Now they've trademarked 'Candy' and are using their massive legal power against other small competing developers."
Any bets on how fast will King.com will go with way of Zynga? Gone and forgotten once Candy Crush Saga drops off?
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