There are only two certainties in life: Death, and that if there is a product in existence, China has ripped it off and claimed it as its own. Now you can find a ripoff of just about anything in China, including MMO Fallout as I recently discovered. Litigation against these companies is generally extremely difficult, if not impossible, in part because copyright infringement apparently does not translate into Mandarin. I say this with the full knowledge that any time I talk about China being infamous for ripping off products, that MMO Fallout will probably be hit with a surge of attempts at breaking into the site. Twenty six thousand attempts in April, and still going strong. World of Tanks developer Wargaming is taking the fight head on by filing a lawsuit against the developer of Project Tank, Chinese companies Changyou and Gamease. So how does a company steal a game based on tanks that existed in reality? By using the exact same historical inaccuracies and stealing the … [Read more...] about Wargaming Sues Chinese Developer Over World of Tanks Ripoff
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Bluehole and PUBG Corp are apparently continuing their government-backed crackdown on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds cheaters. Last week, PUBG Corp told Steam players that it takes cheating seriously and has upgraded its security measures. “In the meantime, we’ve also been continuously gathering information on hack developers (and sellers) and have been working extensively with multiple partners and judicial authorities to bring these people to justice,” the studio writes. “Earlier this month, on April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. It was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information.” The studio indicates the suspects, all in China and being dealt with by Chinese authorities, have been fined the rough equivalent of $5.1M USD for their infractions. Prison time is historically a … [Read more...] about Chinese authorities arrest 15 more accused PUBG hackers, fining them over $5M
It was during the early years of this century that Western gamers first witnesses an influx of Korean games, with the most common genre being MMORPGs. This influx soon became a tsunami that washed literally hundreds upon hundreds of games of varying quality upon our shores. This 'Korean Wave', as I just coined it, left a permanent mark on the gaming industry -- the free to play model. While popular in East Asian for many years due to rampant and unaccountable piracy, Western gamers got their first taste of free to play with titles like Nexon's MapleStory and GalaNet's Fly For Fun. Love it or hate it, free to play stuck. Western studios soon started adopting the foreign business model and the fruit of that cultural exchange were some of the best games ever made, including League of Legends by Riot Games and Warframe by Digital Extremes. As the second decade of the century approaches its final lap, the Western gaming market is being overwhelmed by yet another East Asian contender. This … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Is The Influx Of Chinese Money Good For The Gaming Industry?
MMOCulture is reporting that Tencent will be closing the Chinese Orcs Must Die! Unchained servers on July 19th. This is a scant seven months after the open beta kicked off in December 2017. The game did not gain enough traction to keep servers open and may have been affected by the lay off of thirty employees (called "strategic changes" by Tencent) at Robot Entertainment this past March. The Tencent decision for China does not impact the free-to-play Steam version in all other regions. Check out our Orcs Must Die! Unchained portal page to learn more about the game. … [Read more...] about Tencent Announces Closure of Chinese OMDU Servers on July 19th
As everyone in the gaming industry is talking about the glowing success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the Chinese government has taken notice as well. Recently, the gaming branch office of China Audio And Video And Numeral Publishing Association released an official statement about the game. To summarize, the article condemned battle royale games as having too much blood and gore, and violent content. The article even went on to compare this genre with the ancient Rome arena fights, where the singular aim of survival goes against the Republic of China’s moral principles, and negatively influences teenagers’ physical and mental health. As such, the gaming branch office sent out a warning that it will be hard to approve battle royale games to launch in China. It also recommends local companies not to develop or publish such games. At the same time, esports and livestream platforms should not promote such these games as well. It is important to note that there have … [Read more...] about – Chinese government might ban battle royale games