Today started as a normal day for us writers. Wake up, consider the option of getting up, pick the wiser choice, wake up again in a hurry after oversleeping – just a standard day in anyone’s life.
Morning passes as my head is still filled with dreams of Fnatic winning the LEC finals, but coffee brings me back to the sad reality. So far, still a normal day.
As I manage to start functioning, one of us publishes an article, before looking it up on Google to make sure that everything went well. The article comes up in the search results, all is still normal.
It came up on another website.
We click the link, leading us to Games Predator, where the page we find is a near-identical copy of the article we wrote. The only differences are single words swapped out for synonyms, phrasings modified by one word, and other minuscule things that one does so that the teacher wouldn’t be able to say that they copied their classmate’s homework.
Curious about this discovery, I do my own search, only to find out that each one of my articles also appears on that website. And this is when the surprise starts going from intriguing to funny.
Sure enough, I find it on their website, but upon reading it, I get the pleasant surprise of learning about changes that I had never heard of! Did you know that Gallium is getting nerfed? That Saw is receiving a PsyOps skin? Or, most importantly, that the summoner spell Turn On has a visual update on the way? Truly an instructive read. This information is so exclusive that you won’t even find it in the actual 10.18 changes.
That was a fairly good laugh already. They can be pretty comical, so, it’s time we saw if we can be the ones making a joke too. So, in the next article that we write, about Cyberpunk 2077’s transactions, we include a line stating that “this article may, or may not, be stolen by Games Predator, [who] didn’t write this”.
Fast-forward a few dozen minutes, and sure enough, our joke has hit! There is now an article on their website in which “they” specifically state that they stole this content from us. Oops.
All in all, this day that started quietly ended up taking a fairly eventful turn. It was like a Rogue match in the LEC, except that… well, nevermind, those don’t leave the boring and uneventful stage.
With further research, we realized that Games Predator has stolen over 3700 articles, from diverse websites – from at least 11 different sites. Not one of their posts isn’t a copy. Stolen over 3700 articles… and given us a rather funny day.
And now comes the real question – whether this post, too, will find its way to their site.
This has been written by Naerlyn, from Gamezo. Should you find yourself reading this from any website that isn’t https://gamezo.co.uk, you will be able to find the original over at https://gamezo.co.uk/league-of-legends/.