Chinese developer Gamebox
saw its tank combat game Project Tank
pulled from Facebook in early April after Wargaming.net
alleged the game was a knockoff of its World of Tanks
Now Gamebox has fought back, filing suit against Wargaming.net for "illicit competition and slander."
How Gamebox will manage a "slander" charge when the copycat accusations were presumably text-based is unknown. However, the company has a few things to say about the substance of Wargaming.net's claims.
"The accusation of PT by Wargaming has two major aims—gameplay and game image. However, the term gameplay is a very general concept in the online game industry. It merely refers to a set of game rules, which are not subject to any intellectual property protection," Gamebox said in a prepared statement. "Wargaming also made accusations about in-game images, which is even more unreasonable... The designers of Project Tank
have done nothing but rebuild classic tanks that actually existed in history."
Gamebox presented multiple side-by-side comparisons (below) between its game and Wargaming.net's World of Tanks
. There are some undeniable similarities, but as Gamebox points out, several of those have to do with the common subject matter. What do you think?