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Ukranian developer Elyland reportedly in trouble with Niantic over similarities between Draconius Go and Pokemon GO

Ukranian developer Elyland reportedly in trouble with Niantic over similarities between Draconius Go and Pokemon GO

Niantic is reportedly displeased with Ukranian developer Elyland due to similarities between its game Draconius Go and the former's Pokemon GO.

As reported by Forbes, Draconius Go, like Pokemon GO, is a location-based game about finding and battling creatures. It also uses augmented reality mechanics to place its creatures in the real world.

Niantic has reportedly contacted Elyland claiming the developer has infringed on its copyright. Elyland, however, is adamant that its game is entirely original.

Feels familiar

"When we developed this game, we consulted leading world-class lawyers, and we are 100% certain that Niantic's claim is unjustified. Niantic's reaction shows that they consider us as a serious rival," said Andriy Semenyuk, Founder and CEO of Elyland.

"By doing so, they actually prove that our product is better. In just one year, our Ukrainian team has managed to do more than Niantic, with all their billions of income. And we are proud of our results. Our graphic is unique and better quality than in any other AR games."

Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara said back in September 2017 that the firm has only accomplished 10% of what it wants to do with Pokemon GO. Trading and battling between players are set to be added to the game in the future.


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Ric has written for PocketGamer.biz for as long as he can remember, and is now Deputy Editor. He likes trains.

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