A video game called Glorious Saga was produced by Sina Games. It was a free-to-play game, and it did garner some popularity in the time that it was available. However, the makers were recently sued and decided to just shut the whole thing down.
The lawsuit was started by Blizzard Entertainment, a long-time video game producer whose most popular titles are in the Warcraft series. Blizzard claimed that Glorious Saga infringed on their games because it was merely a copy of Warcraft.
The artwork for one of the famous Warcraft games is indeed an orc and a human looking at each other angrily, and the artwork for Glorius Saga is similarly staged. The human is not wearing a helmet and is on the other side, but one can see the resemblance — and that’s without even playing the game itself.
This may not be the end of the lawsuit. Blizzard asked to stop the infringement, which has happened with the game getting taken down, but they also wanted damages for the harm that the alleged copyright infringement did to their business. They want “$150,000 per infringed work.”
Sina Games did put out a statement in which they notably did not mention getting sued. They thanked users for supporting the game and loving to play it. They said they had “irresistible reasons” to close down the servers and make it so that players who had the game could not login any longer.
In the world of digital information, infringement is common. It’s important for those involved to know what legal steps they can take.