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ZeroTigress [Lorekeeper] 22:29, 2016 January 31‎ (UTC)
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A long time ago, in 2008, a game called Aurora Blade emerged out of nowhere to join the growing free-to-play MMORPG market. What made this game "interesting" was the obvious fact that it blatantly ripped off assets from Ragnarok Online, World of Warcraft, and other big online games at the time.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/02/chinese-mmo-rips-of-world-of-warcraft-others/

http://kotaku.com/5100460/chinese-mmo-rips-off-wow-ragnarok-maple-story-etc-etc

When asked for comments, the publisher IGG claimed that they will investigate the issue. As Kotaku said, the name of the developers was nowhere to be found on the Aurora Blade site. IGG asserted that they did not make Aurora Blade, yet every little thing that talked about Aurora Blade always connected back to IGG. IGG said that they only develop mobile games, yet why does everything about Aurora Blade tie back to them? Another site also pegged IGG as Aurora Blade's developer.

Some further digging has Skyunion LLC, a USA company, as having ownership over IGG. However, another source tagged SkyUnion LTD., a Hong Kong company, as owning IGG. According to IGN, Skyunion is responsible for developing both Aurora Blade and Angels Online.

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So we've got two Skyunion companies that both coincidentally own subsidiaries known as IGG. Even after Aurora Blade eventually shut down, there's still no clear-cut answer as to who developed the game and why they chose to steal obvious assets from other games in order to make it. IGG continued to defend the legitimacy of Aurora Blade yet refused to disclose the name of the game's developer. I guess we'll never know the truth behind all this confusion, but I think we can all agree it's helped prevent the backlash from reaching the developers in full force.


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