Go Develop Your Own Game: More Developer Thefts
1월 30, 2013


Startups work their asses off, with big hearts and small budgets, so it’s disapointing to here about tech thieves. But if exposing the culprits helps, here goes again…
We reported last week that in-house developer teams at large Korean Corporations were earning their keep by copying mobile apps from small-time entrepreneurs. Now news that a small-time entrepreneur from Korea is the culprit of a similar theft.
Take a look at the example below for perhaps the most blatant copy-cat I’ve seen.

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.

Yang Hong Yan name has also published other games, such as Jail Escape and Gangster War, though these seem to have been original material.

SmallFarm Studio’s original game can be played for free here.

If you are the victim of intellectual property theft please get in touch. We will help you nail down the culprits.

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