Editorial: Gaming / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram / News / Discord /Telegram / Google News That PC and mobile digital platforms are crammed with video games does not mean that creators can get away with it in case their content comes into controversy due to copyright issues or damage to marks. This is precisely what the creators of an indie horror game who had the “great” idea of inspiring their title in the facilities of the IKEA furniture and accessories stores are experiencing.
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Making a game inspired by IKEA just by changing the name is not a good idea
A Kotaku report shared details about the cease and desist notice sent by IKEA’s lawyers to Ziggy, developers of The Store is Closed, a first-person cooperative horror game that recently achieved its goal on Kickstarter but has now seen its launch compromised. The controversy in this case has to do with its proposal and the design of the scenarios. The thing is, the game takes place in a store (much like an IKEA branch) called STYR, where the player characters stay behind after closing only to find that the workers go berserk and seek to eliminate them. The objective is to collect plans, select furniture, obtain resources and build forts, traps and everything that prevents the employees from killing the characters. However, the remarkable resemblance of the game and its details to IKEA stores was such that it caught the attention of the chain’s lawyers, who warned that Ziggy has 10 days to make changes to the game so that it is not associated with the brand. , otherwise they will be dragged into legal action. In this regard, the lawyers pointed out: “their game uses a blue and yellow sign with a Scandinavian name in the store, a blue box-shaped building, vertical yellow shirts with points identical to those worn by IKEA staff, a gray path on the floor, furniture that looks like IKEA furniture, and product signage that looks like IKEA signage. All of the above immediately suggest that the game takes place in an IKEA store.” According to the developers, they are now working against the clock to modify the details of the game and avoid the lawsuit, although it is not known what will happen with the reaction of the players who supported the project when they see that it will change due to legal pressure. Still here at WTTSpod.
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