Cover-Credits: Accuses of copying its code

Shivang Patel
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Highlights accuses of copying its CSS Code accused of uploading games from without permission.
Following backlash, shuts down.

Web3 seems to be going through a difficult phase as reports of plagiarism and fraud are emerging rapidly. Recently, popular gaming website accused a website for copying the site’s CSS code for itself and began selling its creators’ games without permission. The copycat website named claims to be "free-as-freedom open marketplace" for games that use web3 technology like cryptocurrency and NFTs.

Soon after that, a few game developers including Befuddle Quest maker Kenton Anderson noted that their games had ended up on the website without their consent and called out the website for essentially stealing their games. claims to be a site where independent game creators could publish their work and users could play them but these allegations indicate otherwise.

What did do?, a website that claims to be an “open marketplace for independent game creators” was put in the limelight when founder Leaf Corcoran accused it of “ripping off”. In reply to Corcoran’s remark, admitted to copying the CSS code and apologized for it citing a lack of designers as the reason to resort to this. However, claimed that while the CSS code was the same, the content and goods offered by the site were completely different.

Corcoran replied by saying that copying CSS code was theft and even the projects that are uploaded on’s website seem to be copied from After this issue blew up on Twitter, several project owners found that had uploaded their projects on its website without their permission and called out the website for it.

Corcoran even went on to report on Github for stealing content.

“You have stolen the UI of, blatantly ripping it off, in addition to using our name directly in your project. As far as I'm concerned, this is scam to trick people by using @itchio's established brand on an unrelated project for your own profit. I request that you immediately remove any likeness, including our name, from your project. Additionally, upon going through the content on your platform, it appears you have stolen many games (see for reupload without the consent of the creators of the games. For the sake of respecting creators and their work, I request that you remove stolen content from your platform.”

What’s next

After being publicly called out for plagiarism, removed over two-thirds of the games on their platform. But despite this, it continued to face immense backlash from the gaming community, resulting in shutting down its website.

Frustrated users are still demanding to delete their Twitter handle so it does not repeat any such moves in the future. With the saga, it became clear that web3 and blockchain gaming still has a long way to go in terms of the security of products and assets.

But the opinion of has always been against NFTs. They are also known to say that “NFTs are a scam”. Due to this sentiment of, was able to enter the web3 gaming space with a similar concept. Unfortunately for them, they took inspiration a little too far and also ended up plagiarizing code and games from and RPGMaker.

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Shivang Patel is a web3 and blockchain gaming content writer at AFK Gaming. On weekends, you can catch him watching anime and playing FPS titles.

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