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Spiel-Spielzeug
Type Video game developer/published
Founder(s) Dominik Reichlich
Founded June 8, 2001
Defunct May 1, 2014
Area served Worldwide
First release Kämpfe in der Straße (2002)

Spiel-Spielzeug was a German video game developer known for ripping off several games from other publishers. Following a lawsuit in 2014, Spiel-Spielzeug was shut down.

GamesEdit

Fighting in the StreetEdit

Known in Germany as Kämpfe in der Straße, this franchise resembles Street Fighter closely.

GamesEdit

Field BattleEdit

Known as Feldschlacht in Germany, this game closely resembles EA's Battlefield. Along with The Plumber and Princess, this game, released for the PC, Xbox 360 and GameCircle Elite in 2011, is considered to be the worst of their games.

The Plumber and PrincessEdit

Known as Der Klempner und Prinzessin in Germany, this was released for the PC and GameCircle Elite in 2012, and is a rip-off of Mario, and along with Field Batte, it is considered the worst of Spiel-Spielzeug's games.

Other gamesEdit

  • Hedgehog (Igel, 2004, close resemblence to Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • The Little Dragon (Die Wenig Drache, 2005, close resemblence to Spyro the Dragon)
  • Gang Life (Gruppen-Leben, 2008, close resemblence to Grand Theft Auto III and Saints Row)
  • Hedgehog II (Igel II, 2007, close resemblence to Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Roller Coaster Empire (Achterbahn Reich, 2008, close resemblence to RollerCoaster Tycoon)
  • Little Ponies (Kleine Ponys, 2013, close resemblence to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)

ReceptionEdit

Spiel-Spielzeug's games have been universally panned by critics and players, saying the company is "the Video Brinquedo of video games" and "a bland, unoriginal company".

LawsuitEdit

Apple Entertainment, Inc. and Hasbro sued Spiel-Spielzeug for US$50 million in damages due to the release of the rip-off of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic game Little Ponies.

In May 2014, Spiel-Spielzeug lost and was forced to shut down. Most assets went to Apple Entertainment to be used as parody games while rights to Little Ponies was acquired by Hasbro. It's website stated:

Friends,

As of May 1, 2014, Spiel-Spielzeug has been shut down following a lawsuit from our game Little Ponies.

We never intended to hurt ANYONE's copyrights and mainly used our original stories while parodying the characters. We were working on an original game however two companies came in, took us to court as basically shut us down for freedom.

Our founder is being charged in America and might be deported. Pray with us that we can continue parodying games and get our new original one on the shelf as a new company.

Sincerely,
The Spiel-Spielzeug Team

Founder Dominik Reichlich has gone to court, charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and criminal copyright infringement.

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