[Update] Atari defends firing at competing iOS games
[Update] Atari is now defending their actions after targeting a number of App Store indie games with resemblances to classic Atari games:
Apple has yet to comment on the events.
[Original post] Atari has "scrubbed" the App Store of a number of indie iOS titles which resemble anything from Atari's back catalog of games, according to one production company.
Black Powder Media, the production company behind indie iOS Vector Tanks titles, claims legal action threats from Atari caused the company to remove Vector Tanks and Vector Tanks Extreme from the app store because "It doesn't seem to matter that the games bears only a vague resemblance to Atari's Battlezone."
A statement on the latest Vector Tank 3''s Kickstarter page alleged that they weren't the only company suffering from Atari's actions, and claimed that hundreds of apps had been targeted to make way for the reissuing of Atari classics.
The company went on to further claim that Atari appears to have met little resistance from Apple in forcing out a number of indie titles.
Vector Tanks programmer Peter Hirschberg discussed the situation with VentureBeat, saying:
Personally, I would say Vector Tanks bears slightly more than a "vague resemblance" to Battlezone, but it's still sad to see Atari going after an indie game that seems to be paying homage more than anything.