Although Apple’s iTunes App Store is known for its strict policies for new applications, a fake application of Cuphead has made its way into the store. Although the application appears to be a legitimate game and lists developer as MDHR, the support link of the application takes users to a fake website rather than the developers’ original website.
Following the discovery, a YouTuber has uploaded two minute long footage of cloned version of the popular game. However, co-founder of Studio MDHR, Ryan Moldenhauer revealed that this is far from the first time someone tried to copy the game. In a statement to Polygon, he said, “We constantly find Cuphead ripoff games on the iOS storefront, but this is the first time someone has tried to directly sign up under our actual company name and sell a fraudulent version of our game.”
“It’s unfortunate because it’s time consuming for us to have to keep contacting the storefronts to get them to remove these frauds. We don’t want fans to think it’s our stuff — because it isn’t and it could possibly be malicious.”
Since then, Apple has taken down the fake application. However, at the moment, it’s unclear whether the company will issue refunds to affected users.