Now news from Indonesia (via TechInAsia) that SmallFarm Studio, developers behind flash game ‘Bar-B-Que’ released in 2009, are the most recent victims. A near-carbon copy of their game appeared on both iOS and Android app stores.
The report of the rogue app was made by a team member from the original Bar-B-Que game, Tandyo Kurniawan, who found the stolen game in a recent list of the top 200 mobile games. The copycat, ‘Prime BBQ’ even copied the style and design of the game icon. And comparing the in-game UX and UI, the iOS game version looks exactly the same as the original, except that the logos of SmallFarm Studio and the game’s sponsor are absent.
The culprit has not been tracked down definitively, but it seems that he goes by three aliases (Yang Hong Yan, Feel Game or Randy Game). The copy-cat version of the ‘Bar-B-Que’ was published on three app stores (excluding Google Play) at the end of October last year.
SmallFarm Studio’s original game can be played for free here.
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