Blizzard Entertainment and its partner NetEase are taking legal action against the developers of mobile shooter, Heroes of Warfare, which they claim is an Overwatch clone. The studio, 4399EN GAME, released its title on Android and iOS.
According to Japanese website PC Watch (translation courtesy of Kotaku), Blizzard and NetEase want 4399 to cease the game’s production, and are seeking monetary compensation alongside an apology. The companies argue that Heroes of Warfare is an infringement of copyright laws and violates Blizzard’s intellectual property.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an Overwatch clone. Prior to the game’s release last year, a Reddit user unearthed concept art for a Chinese game called League of Titans, which looked an awful lot like Blizzard’s hit title. A video of the game also surfaced but when the discovery made rounds online, its developer told Chinese press that League of Titans was never meant to be sold or played. We were told that it was merely a tech demo.
We’ll update our readers when we hear about the lawsuit’s outcome. In the meantime, make sure to check out the latest Halloween-themed Overwatch event, which is now live. Over the next three weeks, players have the chance to earn new skins, emotes, sprays, and more. Check out our previous coverage for more details on the event.