If there’s one thing you should know about the gaming industry, it’s that you don’t mess with Nintendo. Unfortunately, Android game developer Special Gamez did not receive the memo.
Android game caught stealing Nintendo assets
Through Vending machine, Special Games’ mobile submarine game Battle Warship: State War.io is stealing heavily from Nintendo. Caught with resources from Nintendo’s own submarine series, Steel Diver, the Android game is currently under fire.
In advertisements for the game, Special Gamez features assets from the 3DS game Steel Diver: Sub Wars. The assets are not in the game but are common in trailers and advertisements. This is undoubtedly an ongoing problem with mobile games. However, it’s usually only a problem if you get caught… right?
Special Gamez has been captured. Plus, it’s in the worst possible way. It turns out they are currently being called by Takaya Imamura. That’s right, the director of Steel Divers 3DS.
In a tweet, Imamura called out the Android game for stealing his game. It should be noted that Imamura is not upset. On the other hand, he seems intrigued by the situation. Plus, now that the internet knows, so will Nintendo.
“What’s this! A Nintendo game is being used in a promotional video for another app! And it’s a game I directed!”
A trend of ten years
Unfortunately, the use of pirated assets in mobile game advertising is incredibly common. Over the past decade, if not more, low-effort games have used a large number of stolen assets to seize players.
Obviously, these ads are copyright infringement and fake ads. However, mobile markets have always had poor moderation.
Hopefully these fake ads will be a thing of the past in the future. However, it seems that future is far, far away. For now, we’re just laughing at them.
What do you think of this situation? Do you like to see games calling out? Tell us what you think about fake mobile ads in the comments below. On the other hand, you don’t have to.