Ten months ago, we learned that Wargaming was suing a developer consisting primarily of former employees who had worked on World of Tanks: Blitz, claiming that "Blitz Team" (or "BlitzTeam") had infringed upon its copyright and trademarks. The company has since changed its name to Press Fire Games, and the suit has been dismissed in the United States, but Wargaming continues to press its claims.
As GamesIndustry.biz reports, Wargaming contends that Press Fire is using "source code of its proprietary engine to build its debut game Battle Prime." Judge Cormac J. Carney stated that, despite Wargaming having offices in the U.S., both companies are based out of Belarus, and thus the U.S. has "little interest in adjudicating this suit."
In a follow-up statement, Wargaming told GI.biz that its "main objective is to protect its rights" and that it is going to appeal the order. The developer has five other lawsuits pending in Belarus against Press Fire, whose game was removed from the Google Play Store as a result of these events.
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