When you make one of the biggest mobile games of all time, it’s inevitable that people would try and copy it. But Niantic isn’t sitting idly by while it happens. The company has recently taken legal action against an “association of hackers” that have creative unauthorized copies of their games.
We aren’t talking about games that use the same AR world concept, like the Jurrasic Park mobile game. The lawsuit is specifically targetted at a company called Global++ for the production of games called PokeGo++, Ingress++, and Potter++.
“Among other things, defendants’ schemes undermine the integrity of the gaming experience for legitimate players, diminishing enthusiasm for Niantic’s games and, in some cases, driving players away from Niantic’s games altogether.
Defendants’ schemes therefore damage Niantic’s reputation and goodwill and interfere with Niantic’s business.”
Potter++ is the primary target of the lawsuit. The Harry Potter-based mobile game is set to release soon, having already launched in select countries like Australia and New Zealand.
“Niantic files this motion on the eve of the United States launch of Harry Potter, the culmination of a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment by Niantic, the success of which is threatened by defendants’ unlawful conduct.”
We support Niantic’s decision to drop the law-hammer on these folks.