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NCsoft files lawsuit against Netmarble over alleged Lineage IP infringement

MMORPG Aden stood to benefit from Lineage likeness

NCsoft files lawsuit against Netmarble over alleged Lineage IP infringement

NCsoft has filed a lawsuit against Netmarble subsidiary ITS Games for alleged infringement of its Lineage IP.

The case centres over the fact that ITS Games' MMORPG Aden shares a name with the kingdom in which NCsoft's Lineage II: Revolution is set.

Already potentially misleading according to the lawsuit, ITS Games also stands accused of having used popular item names from Lineage in order to entice gamers into pre-registering for Aden.

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Filed back in August, before ITS Games was acquired by Netmarble in October, the developer has still made no response - creating a potentially awkward state of play for Netmarble in terms of how best to proceed.

Interestingly, even while embroiled in this legal case, NCsoft and Netmarble Games have in place a stock-swap agreement to mutually strengthen their positions and ward off interest from Korean giant Nexon.

[Source: 2P.com]


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