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I'm being sued for 'copying game play' ?!

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Hi!

 

I've recently published a small (but fun ;) ) iOS game, Flipz:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipz/id775988938?mt=8

 

I basically wrote it as a birthday gift for my father since I never know what to give him. The game principle is not completely unique but at least has some unique features not seen in any other games (at least as far as I know).

 

Now, for the scary part: I recently received a cease-and-desist email in broken English from the publisher of the following game:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/block-puzzle-fit-match-magnet/id738268654?mt=8

 

The email basically states that I copied their game illegally, that I should remove my game immediately from the app store and pay "lawyer fees" of 500$.

 

What should I do now?? Granted, the games share a bit of gameplay but look nothing like each other and I do have some unique features in it. Should I remove my game and pay as requested? Should I lawyer up and refute the claim?

 

My game has only like 200 downloads, so I don't know how I even got a target :<

 

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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I doubt they have a leg to stand on, but nevertheless, consult an attorney.

 

To be honest, it just sounds like they're trying to extort money; I doubt they'd follow through with an actual legal claim.

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Thanks Tom!

 

I'm not expecting to make any money with Flipz (it was just a birthday gift!) and I would prefer not to spend any money on this either...

 

Is there actually grounds for a the cease-and-desist letter?

 

If, I'll have to take down the game, fine (but sad) - but I'd rather not pay :[

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Thank you samoth.

 

Since I've settled down now a bit, I also feel like just ignoring it... Or not. D*mn, games were supposed to be about fun >_<

 

However, for now, I'll just reach out to that developer of "block puzzle" and ask him directly what's going on there...

 

And no, I don't have legal cost insurance - and wouldn't have dreamed of needing it for this!

Edited by KoMaXX

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Your app is published by Apple and is sold in apples store

 

Haven't thought of that! Thank you very much, I'll try to reach Apple then!

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FLeBlanc,

... maybe you're right. I'm a "just let's sit down and work this out" guy but perhaps not the route to go here :/ Thanks. 

 

I'll lawyer up then.

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