How To Deal With A Taken Game Name?

FallingBoxStudiosFallingBoxStudios Freelance Graphic DesignerMember Posts: 822
Hi, I have been working on my game, and I thought of a really good game name, the only problem is its taken by someone else on the AppStore :-O What should I do? and what would you do? Thanks
- Hunter

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  • CodeMonsterCodeMonster ACT, AustraliaMember Posts: 1,078
    I think you could modify your game name. Like add an extra word or letter i dunno. But if you like the name don't change it. But you can't upload a game with the same name, myself I would find it disrespectful if someone did that to me by copying my game name.

    So my suggestion is to just modify it abit so it's not exactly the same.
  • FINNBOGGFINNBOGG Member Posts: 1,810
    Ive seen many games on the app store with the same game name
  • SocksSocks London, UK.Member Posts: 12,822
    edited November 2013
    ". . . its taken by someone else on the AppStore"


    I normally have them whacked, it's often cheaper to hire someone to assassinate the competition than it is to redesign your logo and find a new name and so on.
  • FallingBoxStudiosFallingBoxStudios Freelance Graphic Designer Member Posts: 822
    edited November 2013
    @Socks =))

    @FINNBOGG Yeah, I know what you mean.

    @CodeMonster Thats probably the best thing to do :)
  • BigDaveBigDave Member Posts: 2,239
    I don't know what is the name of your game. But it sounds kind of risky too. What if you copy the name of a big game title without knowing and they discover that you steal some of their traffic. And they have a registered patent, they might sue you.
  • FallingBoxStudiosFallingBoxStudios Freelance Graphic Designer Member Posts: 822
    @BigDave Yeah, too much of a risk to take
  • SocksSocks London, UK.Member Posts: 12,822
    I don't know what is the name of your game. But it sounds kind of risky too. What if you copy the name of a big game title without knowing and they discover that you steal some of their traffic. And they have a registered patent, they might sue you.
    Not if they've been whacked.
  • quantumsheepquantumsheep Member Posts: 8,188
    Doing a little research helps - do a google search for the name and see if anyone else is using it.

    Then do the same search on the app store.

    I wanted to name one of my games 'Sunshine'. At the time, I found that another company had the same name for their weather app.

    I couldn't therefore name the game 'Sunshine', but I decided it might be ok to extend it, ergo 'Sunshine - here comes the sun'

    I emailed the other company asking if they minded me naming my game like that. While both apps would have 'Sunshine' in their title, I pointed out that they were very different and would not 'compete'.

    They were very lovely and said they didn't mind!

    QS =D

    Dr. Sam Beckett never returned home...
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  • tenrdrmertenrdrmer Member, Sous Chef, Senior Sous-Chef Posts: 9,934
    As @quantumsheep mentioned te biggest issue with using the same name is of the app is similar and will be competing. An app name is a trademark and the rule of who gets to use the trademark is who can prove they used it first. And by first I mean publicly advertising something under that name. Your thoughts don't count.
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