Hearthstone not even in open beta before complete ripoffs start to hit the market

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By on October 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Ever heard of a game called Sleeping Dragon: Heroes of Three Kingdoms? Even if you haven’t, you’ve technically have: it’s a complete lift of Hearthstone, from top to bottom, and it’s currently doing quite well in China.

The game is developed by a company called Unico (here’s the official site), who seem to be developing it in response to demand from players for a Chinese version of Hearthstone.

As intellectual property laws are more “intellectual property suggestions” in China, it’s unlikely that Blizzard will be able to do much about this, but we shall have to wait and see. Here’s a video so you can get a better idea (which even uses World of Warcraft music):

Source: via PCGamesN

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James Pinnell

Well, they did beat Blizzard to mobile devices ;p

 

Serves them right, you can’t ignore the Chinese market, not when they have entire generations of single males with nothing to spend their money on and no prospects for a family.

 

Given how difficult it’s been to get involved with this game, I don’t blame them :P

 

I will never understand the frenzy of interest over an electronic version of what appears to be something like Magic. So basically taking a powerful virginity maintenance system and then amplifying its effect by turning it into a computer game.

 

caitsith01:
I will never understand the frenzy of interest over an electronic version of what appears to be something like Magic.So basically taking a powerful virginity maintenance system and then amplifying its effect by turning it into a computer game.

Thats interesting, seeing that my girlfriend and I regularly attend Friday Night Magic together, and one of my friends met his girlfriend there. Things like card games and “Nerd Culture” isn’t male exclusive anymore, it doesn’t exactly warrant the title “Virginity Maintenance System ” anymore. And the frenzy of an electronic version comes down to a few things, like AI players, playing from home, and generally playing when it suits you.

 

It’s so disturbing how a games company can steal someone elses IP and profit from it. Poor Blizzard came up with an original idea with Warcraft and then expanded their originality with Starcraft and WoW and made bajillions of dollars all from their own original idea. And now these… these… OMG THESE THEIVES! They steal Blizzards new game based on Blizzards old games, based on Blizzards original ideas.

Karma?

 
James Pinnell

caitsith01:
I will never understand the frenzy of interest over an electronic version of what appears to be something like Magic.So basically taking a powerful virginity maintenance system and then amplifying its effect by turning it into a computer game.

That’s a horrible generalisation of both the game (which is fantastic) and people who play card games.

I’m sure many people would say the same thing about many of your favourite video game hobbies.

 
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