Atari attacks App Store game developers

Longtime video game maker claims copyright infringement on hundreds of apps

Sometimes it pays to be the first. Classic video game maker Atari is now on the offensive and threatening legal action against any game developers the company believes may be infringing up its intellectual property.

Atari recently accused fellow game developer Black Powder Media of infringing its copyright, forcing Apple Inc.’s App Store to pull a pair of iOS games—“Vector Tanks” and “Vector Tanks Extreme.” The games in question are tank battle games comprised entirely of vector graphics, which harkens back to the game art style of the 1980s, when Atari was among the most prominent game developers.

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