Eidos is currently considering whether or not to take legal action over the game Lava Kroft, released by Singaporean publisher Ozura Mobile. As you can tell by the game’s title, Lava Kroft is a blatant theft of Eidos’ intellectual property.
“The game first came to our attention yesterday evening,” a spokesperson said.
“We have contacted our legal department and brand team who are currently investigating the matter.”
Lava Kroft, according to Ozura, is “a new age woman who has an exceptional thirst for discovering some of the most intriguing and mystical treasures in the world”. Weird, because Lara Croft is pretty much exactly that.
Ozura hasn’t done a very good job of defending themselves. Their only comment on the issue is by H.E. Mah who said:“The game consists of appealing storyline and [a] distinctive gaming atmosphere.” The distinctive gaming atmosphere that Mah is talking about involves a bitter taste in your mouth from knowing that you’re contributing to the shameful act of intellectual property theft.
Eidos has not made their decision as to whether or not they will pursue legal action for breach of copyright. Hopefully the game flops and sends a message that stolen intellectual property gets you a bad reputation and wasted dollars.