NFT Glory Hero game accused of ‘unlicensed use’ of 2018 Paladins mobile title assets

Even as the NFT and cryptocurrency markets begin to slump, new video game titles continue to be announced that aim to integrate metaverse functionality into traditional live service experiences. One of these games Glory Hero: NFT Warsis a five-on-five hero shooter for mobile set to release next week.

Unfortunately for heroes of glorythe release plans of, it looks like nearly every character and asset revealed so far is straight from a mobile spin-off of Paladins: Champions of the Realm called Strike of the Paladins. It didn’t take long to Paladins‘ publisher Hi-Rez Studios to find the trailer, released on May 12, to which its CEO Stewart Chisam responded, saying Hi-Rez would crack down on unlicensed use of its intellectual property.

It’s hard to imagine heroes of glory has a lot of defense to muster, as apparently little effort has been made to modify the original Strike of the Paladins list of champions beyond changing character names. Mal’Damba for example, a Paladins champion who serves a snake goddess, was renamed “Slyther”, and in one special case, a champion originally named Terminus was renamed “Finalus” to heroes of glorythe exit.

While Strike of the Paladins was shut down in February 2019 after an unsuccessful first year on the market, its champion roster consisted of characters from the original Paladins game that is still going strong today. What heroes of gloryThe developers of ‘s may have believed it to be a long-forgotten mobile title, but continues to have an active fan base through the PC and console title of which it was a spin-off, and these fans flooded the social media posts of the NFT game with memes and responses to the call tag Hi-Rez Studios and its employees.

After Chisam said Hi-Rez would pursue withdrawal avenues with Google Play, Apple’s App Store, and the Flow blockchain, the heroes of glory account said “our game art learns from many game companies.” When the company asked Chisam to clarify if their skin designs were “90% similar” to Paladins‘, the CEO of Hi-Rez responded with a screenshot From one of heroes of gloryThe May 11 tweets where a character still has the Strike of the Paladins logo on his cap.

In a video from April, the Paladins the champion Terminus still has his original voices referencing a faction of the game universe, with the Paladins menu theme playing in the background. Looking only a few days later, a sharing gameplay overview for heroes of glory shows that the gameplay and features remain identical to the original Strike of the Paladins with only a new logo attached.

Following threats of copyright takedown and potential lawsuits from Hi-Rez, the heroes of glory The logo that had adorned both the Twitter profile icon and banner was replaced with a photo of a crude alternative logo written on a piece of paper. “After 10 hours of discussions” heroes of gloryit is most recent statement reads, “The senior management of our various departments have unanimously decided to keep the original name and use this style as our logo, so that we can avoid being accused of plagiarism.” With heroes of glory apparently choosing to ignore accusations that the game itself was the main source of plagiarism, Chisam chose to express his feelings about it by responding to the tweet with a some scientific study of the Guardian.

heroes of glory Most likely lives on borrowed time before Hi-Rez’s intellectual property protection efforts resulted in the removal of the majority of its content. The game’s Reddit community has already been made private, but its official Twitter account. and the download links remain active for the time being. the Paladins The community’s unity to criticize the plagiarism attempt has always been seen by many as a proud moment, especially for a small fanbase of a live service title that often flies under the radar. “I just want to say that I’m very proud of the Paladins community today, tweeted ThunderBrush, artistic director at Paladins developer Evil Mojo Games. “You all rock.”

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