Blizzard China Is Suing a Developer Over an Overwatch Clone

Blizzard China Is Suing a Developer Over an Overwatch Clone

Clone wars.

Knock off games happen, especially in today's age of Steam and mobile. Overwatch has already had its fair share of copycats, but the latest from China is one that takes the similarities a tad too far. So, Blizzard China and NetEase, Overwatch's China operator, has a bone to pick with the Chinese mobile title Heroes of Warfare. In court.

As translated by Kotaku and first reported by PC Watch, Blizzard China and NetEase are suing Heroes of Warfare's developers, demanding restitution, an apology, and for the game to be removed from Apple's App Store and the Android store. The game, which lifts not only vague character designs but replicates entire maps from Overwatch, is said to violate intellectual property laws and China's specific unfair competition law.

Below you'll find some comparisons between Heroes of Warfare and Overwatch. Additionally, there's another map in Heroes of Warfare that looks an awful lot like Overwatch's Temple of Anubis. If I had to guess, judging from the general creative infringement seen, I don't think the game will be around much longer.

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Caty McCarthy

Features Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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