Sometimes it’s obvious when a developer takes inspiration from a particular game. It happens all the time throughout the industry, but developers Ejoy and Qooka Games have allegedly stepped over the line with their latest creation, Area F2. In a recent Bloomberg report, Ubisoft have claimed that “virtually every aspect” has been lifted from the extremely popular Rainbow Six: Siege, and that Area F2 is a “near carbon copy” rip-off.
Ubisoft apparently contacted both Apple and Google, but both companies refused to remove the game from their respective storefronts. In a last-ditch attempt, Ubisoft are now suing both tech giants in order to make the game harder to access, cutting off revenue.
On the surface it may seem a little strange for Ubisoft to be going after the storefronts and not the developers themselves, but it is most likely because of the location of said developers. Ejoy is situated in China and trying to deal with copyright infringement over there is a tricky endeavour. Ubisoft will be more than likely placated with the game being removed from popular storefronts to make the game harder to find for new players. If Ubisoft are successful, then we could see a lot more lawsuits of this nature from other developers.