Blizzard and Netease, the distributor of Overwatch in China, are reportedly suing the developer of a Chinese mobile game called Heroes Warfare for alleged copyright infringement.
According to a report on Friday from Japanese gaming news site PC Watch (that was translated by Kotaku), Blizzard and Netease are demanding an official apology and restitution payments from 4399 EN GAME, the company that makes Heroes Warfare.
Heroes Warfare is a mobile game available for both Android and iOS and, judging from the video, has distinct similarities to Overwatch, from the abilities of the heroes to the maps.
The mobile game was previously noted by Kotaku a couple of months ago for being a blatant ripoff of Overwatch, but at the time the website reported it was unsure if Blizzard even knew the game existed. Well, it’s pretty clear that Blizzard is quite aware of the game.
This is at least the second well-known Western video game developer to sue a Chinese company over a knockoff. League of Legends developer Riot Games sued Chinese company Shanghai Moontoon Technology earlier this year over alleged copyright infringement regarding three mobile games: Magic Rush: Heroes, Mobile Legends: 5v5 MOBA, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.