Akshay Kumar revealed that, shortly after the PubG was banned in India, FAU-G, PUbG’s replacement. The poster of the Multiplayer Action Game, announced on Twitter by the Bollywood star, was soon plagiarised by the Net users. The game developers nCore Gaming released a resolution to clear claims of plagiarism.
You would assume that with its similarity to PUBG, a game called ‘FAU-G’ would be under threat, but with a different cause, Akshay Kumar-backed game made headlines. The poster of FAU-G gave speculation when the picture appeared in several search results.
In line with PM Narendra Modi’s vision of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Friday announced the launching of a multiplayer action-game, FAU-G.
The game, however, seems to have hit a wrong note with Twitterati, even before its release. As soon as the poster for the game was released, Twitter users pointed out a ‘lack of originality’ as it seemed as if the poster had been heavily ‘inspired’ by a stock image.
Twitter user @maximustaurean took to Twitter to share a screenshot of the stock image and alleged that the poster had been copied.
Yaar poster toh original banwa lo https://t.co/ukEB1Padhn pic.twitter.com/2HiKgzj1GQ— r (@maximustaurean) September 4, 2020
The only difference between the teaser poster and the original seems to be the Indian flag on the soldiers’ shoulders. And the original is, in fact, a stock image as per the statement in which Vishal Gondal, co-founder of nCore Games addressed the “ongoing conversations/rumours on social media that FAU-G was conceptualized by late actor Shri Sushant Singh Rajput”. Yup, there is somehow an SSR angle due to which #FAUGStolenFromSSR was trending on Twitter. So that’s that.
Gondal’s statement covered the company and the image’s details calling the rumours “false and baseless”.
Clarification @vishalgondal @dayanidhimg @akshaykumar #FAUG pic.twitter.com/qVFMjv5Crt— nCORE Games (@nCore_games) September 7, 2020
The clarification checks out. Buying a stock image is perfectly legal and doesn’t infringe upon any copyright laws. But admitting the game poster was just a mildly edited stock image is a little embarrassing for the owners. FAU-G was announced a little too quickly after India banned PUBG along with 117 other China-made apps. The speed at which the game cropped up was a big question but now it looks like the announcement came much before a teaser or even in-game artwork could be put together.
The ban on China-made apps including Ludo All Star and HD Camera is a part of the Indian government’s decision to vet Chinese apps for data security breaches in the interest of cyber and national security.