NCsoft Accused Netmarble of Lineage IP Infringement
NCsoft filed a lawsuit against ITS GAMES, the subsidiary company of Netmarble, for Lineage’s IP theft. According to NCsoft, ITS GAMES used famous items’ name in Lineage for their mobile MMORPG Aden.
NCsoft’s Lineage II: Revolution and ITS GAMES’ ADEN are set in the same kingdom - Aden, which could easily make players confused at the first sight. What’s more, ITS GAMES misled players by using Lineage related contents to attract gamers to pre-register the game.
It’s worth to mention that in February NCSOFT and Netmarble Games, two of the country's major game companies, said they have established a stock-swap alliance to fend off management intervention by Nexon. And in the 2nd NTP, Netmarble unveiled it’s 2016 mobile game product line, including “Lineage”, “TERA” and “Blade & Soul” IP based mobile games.
NCsoft filed a law suit against ITS GAMES in mid August. However, ITS GAMES didn’t take any actions before being acquired by Netmarble this October, which leaves an embarrassing situation.