Eternal Magic publisher denies accusation that it plagiarized WoW and Guild Wars 2, shades accusers

    
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Over the weekend, we covered a brewing storm in the world of Eternal Magic. The MMO, developed by Chinese studio Duoyi, just hit open beta, and players who leaped in are already generating with a growing pile of plagiarism accusations on Reddit. In a thread with now 470+ upvotes, players have annotated and screenshotted infractions, from sound files and skill icons and animations to whole maps and textures that resemble – rather convincingly and rather a lot – assets and ideas in games like World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2.

Before our piece ran Saturday, we reached out to the PR agency representing Eternal Magic’s Moscow-based publisher 101xp for comment on the accusations. Here is the statement conveyed to us today from 101xp through its PR; the studio essentially denies the accusations, saying it didn’t steal anything. It also seems to be implying that those gamers circulating the story are in it for the clickbait.

“The topic of plagiarism is always hot for everyone: both for the bloggers and for their audience. The developers of Eternal Magic didn’t steal anything from other developers. You can find many similar elements in well-known and beloved games – if you have a burning desire to. We will do our best providing our players the best game experience and we wish the blogger accusing Eternal Magic on plagiarism having as many subscribers as he wishes.”

Given Blizzard’s penchant for hunting down plagiarists in court, we expect we’ll be revisiting this story again.

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Avaery

Got a toon to 60. It’s a fun game. The complaints are overblown.

And the pack is sweet. Heaps of people have it in game by the looks of things.

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Castagere Shaikura

I must be missing it. Last night I played the game and got a character to level 35. The only thing I noticed was some of the music sounded like when you zone into Westfall in wow. I have to admit though I was having a blast in groups in this game. Got some really epic gear drops too. Its been a long time when I did group content that long in a playthrough. It was that fun and made friends with everyone.

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Mewmew

People were talking about this on their own forums as well, before they deleted the comments and banned the posters – were those people hoping to get “subscribers” to the Eternal Magic forum by talking about it there?

I can say, as someone who has been reading various Reddit posts about this, the people aren’t posting about it to be clickbait. They’re posting about it because it’s true and is easy to see and hear it exists by looking and listening to the copied stuff.

We even had someone post a comment about it here back on the Closed Beta article announcement on this site.

The commenter there posted how people noticed they had taken sound assets from WoW and posted about it on the Eternal Magic website, to which they found their comments deleted and accounts banned after mentioning it.

That reader here mentioned it because it is something that is happening. Not to get views or clicks. And just like commenting here, there is no reason to post about this on Reddit if you’re trying to make a clickbait article, you’d get nothing from it at all.

So basically they’re accusing someone who would benefit from it of posting clickbait articles, so they’re accusing you here at MassivelyOP of doing that in point of fact :D And I can say that you guys were just reporting on what others were saying and showing with very good examples of the copied assets, not that you were doing it as some kind of clickbait.

They make out like some lone blogger is accusing them of this, when it’s great numbers of people on forums like Reddit which are just for discussion and not for “subscribers”.

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Nate Woodard

WoW and GW2, eh, maybe a few icons, I guess. Okay, whatever. Really, NC Soft should be the ones that are all over this. It literally looks just like Wildstar. People forgot about Wildstar because they are too busy defending wOOw and Gee Double You Too.

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Mykal Quinn

Huh? I admit I only played Eternal Magic for a few hours, but at no point did I find ANY similarities to Wildstar.

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Nate Woodard

Okay. I felt like it looked a lot like Wildstar, but that’s just my assertion of it. I have no vested interest in it either way. xD

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Castagere Shaikura

Don’t all MMO’s do this though. Wow was accused of stealing from EQ back in the day.

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Bruno Brito

That’s a bit different. This game literally drew line per line of some art assets and maps.

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Nick Smith

Is it a fun game though? Anyone tried this yet?

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Mykal Quinn

I only played for a couple hours. The combat is pretty interesting, but the english localization is so bad. I don’t actually know what some of my abilities do, and npc names often don’t match those in quest descriptions.