King.com Says It Doesn’t Clone Others’ Games, Removes Accused Title

There’s been nothing but drama surrounding Candy Crush Saga dev King.com this week, first with stories of its ambitious trademark moves and then with the claim of an indie developer who says they cloned something he did after spurning King for a rival publisher. The latter is just a game of he said/she said at this point, though, and King issued a statement today to GamesBeat.

““King does not clone other peoples’ games,” a company rep said. “King believes that [intellectual property] — both our own IP and that of others — is important and should be properly protected. Like any prudent company, we take all appropriate steps to protect our IP in a sensible and fair way. At the same time, we are respectful of the rights and IP of other developers.”

They did take down the allegedly offending title, Pac-Avoid, from royalgames.com. King said they did so “for the avoidance of doubt” as it was coded by a third party rather than in-house.

Dev Stolen Goose claims Pac-Avoid was cloned from its game Scamperghost in 2009, with the clone released shortly after because Stole Goose was tipped off about the clone. That whole story can be found here. Taking a side on this from teh presented info, by the way, is what we call “jumping to conclusions.” So don’t do that.

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