U.S. News | Blizzard Entertainment Sues Developers for Copyright Infringement

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Video game publisher, Blizzard Entertainment has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the developers of a game, Glorious Saga including a Hong Kong company, Sina Games.

Other defendants named in the lawsuit are DOE 1, DOE 2, Intelligent Joyful International Limited, Lutong Zhou , Shanghai Yinfan Network Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai Zhouzhong Network Technology Co., Ltd., WANG HAO, ZROAD (HONGKONG) CO., LIMITED, ZROAD, INC.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants ripped-off its flagship Warcraft series for the Glorious Saga online game without permission.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the game features characters, names, and likenesses bearing a striking resemblance to those in its “Warcraft” franchise, including the hugely successful “World of Warcraft”.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants earn profits from the sale of the virtual in-game currency which attracts a large body of users to download their games.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants intend to trade off Blizzard’s IP to get customers to play the game.

“Defendants know exactly what they are they doing, and they specifically know that their conduct is unlawful and infringes Blizzard’s IP rights,” the plaintiff reportedly said.

Blizzard argues that Glorious Saga has distributed a cluster of shell companies based in Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands.

Blizzard reportedly claimed that the defendant’s infringement has caused lots of damages and unfair competition.

The case is still ongoing.

Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. v. JOYFUN INC CO., LIMITED a/k/a SINA GAMES OVERSEAS (), et al

Judge: James V Selna
Court: California Central District Court
Case #: 8:19-cv-01582
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: August 16, 2019
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