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World of Tanks Lawsuit

Wargaming is suing Chinese companies Changyou.com Limited and Beijing Gamease Age Digital Technology seeking damages and an injunction over a game called Project Tank (aka Tanks Ground War) that's currently in closed beta, saying the game is "disturbingly similar" to their World of Tanks. According to Polygon, the companies "copied the plot, theme, dialogue, mood, setting, pace, and character of World of Tanks, in addition to copying specific features, items, tanks, and artwork." There's a statement from the "Project Tank Team" on GameBox saying: "Continuously sabotaged by Wargaming, Project Tank and Gamebox have never intended to pose a threat or compete at any platform with World of Tanks. The graphics used in Project Tank are our efforts to reconstruct WWII battle scenes. We feel truly shocked and bullied by Wargaming, a giant company of the gaming industry who is apparently “threatened” by a closed beta phase browser game aiming to provide a cheaper, fairer, and more accessible war game to players around the world." Wargaming counters this: "Copying is evidenced by the fact that the designers of Project Tank copied historical inaccuracies found in WoT, each of which does not affect game play, but which was included in WoT to simplify the tank modeling and rendering process," Polygon's quotes the complaint as saying. "Copying is further evidenced by the fact that the designers of Project Tank copied tanks from WoT that never existed in real life, and which included features original to WoT."

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