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Ketchapp copy my last game. What can I do ?

12-25-2017, 05:55 AM
#1
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 17
Yuri Sanachev copied my last game. What can I do ?

Hi,

My game Reverse Basket have been copied.

Original from Honikou : Reverse Basket
Copy from Yuri Sanachev : Dunk hoop

What can I do ?

Apple's rule : 4.1 Copycats Come up with your own ideas. We know you have them, so make yours come to life. Donít simply copy the latest popular app on the App Store, or make some minor changes to another appís name or UI and pass it off as your own. In addition to risking an intellectual property infringement claim, it makes the App Store harder to navigate and just isnít fair to your fellow developers.

Last edited by Honikou; 12-27-2017 at 05:20 PM.
12-25-2017, 01:30 PM
#2
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Bethlehem, Pa
Posts: 856
This happened a lot especially with shall developers like yourself. Sad to say but I think u are pretty screwed here, I've seen it before with Ketchapp taking another's idea/game and using it, sadly will no doubt see it happen again. I hope it works out for you!

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12-25-2017, 02:04 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 17
Thank you for your reply. That isn't normal that apple don't remove copycat !
12-25-2017, 03:33 PM
#4
Didn't know Ketchapp was owned by Ubisoft! I think you shouldn't dwell on it too much and move onto your next project. Since the idea itself is very basic you won't really able to do much about it as there are many clones or similar ideas that have been done already before.
12-25-2017, 03:37 PM
#5
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 5,335
There is really nothing you can do about it.
12-25-2017, 03:38 PM
#6
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 5,335
There is really nothing you can do about it. That being said, you should link to your game in a thread like this so people can see your game.
12-25-2017, 07:39 PM
#7
Joined: Dec 2017
Location: United States
Posts: 14
Sorry to hear that. It happens a lot. I don't think there is anything you can do about it. Legally, I mean. You can keep posting about it and notifying as many people as possible, at least the alleged thieves will get some bad press and maybe a bad rep because of it. You can post in the game's reviews too...
But, it is my understanding that stealing the mechanics of a game is not stealing. Only the art assets can legally be protected. At least you know you had come up with something that someone else thought was worth stealing (small consolation, sorry)
I'd say move on and create another good game. You will eventually develop a reputation for being able to consistently put out good games. Best of luck to you, whatever you decide.
12-25-2017, 07:45 PM
#8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Honikou View Post
Hi,

My game Reverse Basket have been copied by Ketchapp (Ubisoft).

Original from Honikou : Reverse Basket
Copy from Ketchapp : Dunk hoop

I'm a small developper, I have no idea what can I do to protect my idea. Normally Apple remove copycat, but what can I do ?

More Information : During 2 months I increase the game retention and trying differente version of the game. I deal with voodoo and transfer the game on the voodoo account. Few days after that, I realized that ketchapp post on facebook a video of a copycat, the video had 2.4 millions views and I can't do anything...

I found that terrible that big company can copy idea without any consequences.

Apple's rule : 4.1 Copycats Come up with your own ideas. We know you have them, so make yours come to life. Donít simply copy the latest popular app on the App Store, or make some minor changes to another appís name or UI and pass it off as your own. In addition to risking an intellectual property infringement claim, it makes the App Store harder to navigate and just isnít fair to your fellow developers.
Actually, there is no rules against idea copying. If there are no idea copying then we won't be seeing other car companies than Ford. Amirite. TBH, ideas should be allowed to be shared among mankind. That aside, what you can protect however is your IP (Intellectual property), ie what you create in your game, like a character design, world design and so on. Those are yours.

And you also could be looking at it on the positive side - Ketchapp game is probably going to help boost your game's rank since it is similar-genre. You could also post a comment on their appstore page with your game's name.

For me, I did similar thing back then when Dong Nguyen pulled out his Flappy Bird so I made a copycat game (more as a learning on Spritekit for myself really). It did not catch on at all. However, these days the game does not matter much it is the marketing that do the most job. So even your game is good and fun to play, if you don't spend on marketing, it'll just get buried anyways.
01-10-2018, 10:17 PM
#9
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Posts: 2,062
Quote:
Originally Posted by Honikou View Post
Hi,

My game Reverse Basket have been copied.

Original from Honikou : Reverse Basket
Copy from Yuri Sanachev : Dunk hoop

What can I do ?

Apple's rule : 4.1 Copycats Come up with your own ideas. We know you have them, so make yours come to life. Don’t simply copy the latest popular app on the App Store, or make some minor changes to another app’s name or UI and pass it off as your own. In addition to risking an intellectual property infringement claim, it makes the App Store harder to navigate and just isn’t fair to your fellow developers.
Did you send them the game then they decided to clone your game?

Sometime, the developer that copied your game wasn't Ketchapp but somebody else, they just published it. Some indie devs around me are prevented by Apple because of some similar points of their apps compare to another. The action of Apple was quite clear for me so far. However, after seeing Voodoo release a shitty clone of Impossible Road (which is my favorite game that inspiring me on creating Sky Dancer), I don't understand this world anymore. Sad.

Ell Tee
(aka. Antony)

Last edited by antony.thai; 01-10-2018 at 10:22 PM.