Atari says that, while it admires the work of independent developers, it must defend its intellectual property. The company made its comments after it was revealed yesterday that it had been using its tight relationship with Apple to take down games that had a "passing resemblance" to games in its extensive back catalog of classic games arcade games. Black Powder Media claimed that it took its games Vector Tanks, Vector Tanks Extreme, and Vector Tanks 3 off the app store after Atari claimed the games infringed on its Battlezone IP.
"While we have great respect for the indie developer community and greatly appreciate the enthusiasm that they have for our renowned properties, we need to vigorously protect our intellectual property and ensure that it is represented in highly innovative games," the company told Develop.
Atari went on to tell Develop that it remained committed to working with indie developers to build iOS remakes of its arcade classics.
“We look forward to further developing strong relationships with the indie app development community through additional games that we will be releasing in the future,” the firm added.
Black Powder Media has warned other iOS developers that “anything that has even a passing resemblance to an Atari classic” could be issued a copyright infringement claim and said that it tried in vain to talk to Atari about its games long before they hit the App Store.