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Adobe Goes After Indie Game Emulator Delta for Copying Its Logo | TechCrunch

After Apple relaxed its App Store guidelines to allow gaming emulators, retro gaming emulator Delta – an app that had been in the works for a decade – landed at the top of the App Store charts. However, the increased attention also brought with it the threat of legal action, as Adobe targeted Delta for sporting a logo too closely resembling its own.

Delta’s gaming emulator was created by developer Riley Testut, who began his experiments in the field by figuring out how to load games on graphics calculators before moving on to iOS. The app itself evolved from Testut’s older app GBA4iOS, which exploited a vulnerability to run emulated games on iOS without jailbreaking an iPhone. Consumer demand for such an app was high – millions of people used GBA4iOS while it was available. But Apple eventually dropped the matter and took GBA4iOS out of business.

With Apple now facing regulatory pressure to open its App Store to more competition, the tech giant began allowing gaming emulators in April. This has opened up a whole new market for developers who previously weren’t able to take advantage of the App Store’s enormous distribution power. In short, Apple prefers to host these apps itself rather than have to compete with alternative app stores where the once-banned apps might find favor with consumers.

Testut took the opportunity to introduce Delta to the public and it quickly became the number one app in the App Store, holding a top spot on Apple charts for weeks and racking up millions of downloads. More than a month later, Delta is still sitting pretty high at the No. 33 overall app spot in the US App Store. The number 5 spot is now occupied by another game emulator, PPSSPP (a PSP emulator).

However, becoming the top app in the App Store also has its drawbacks. Although an under-the-radar app like GBA4iOS may have been ignored, Delta’s rise to No. 1 has drawn increased attention.

According to a post on Mastodon, Adobe went after Delta and threatened legal action because it felt Delta’s logo resembled its own.

“Adobe is threatening legal action because they think our logos are too similar – so we changed it,” the post reads. “This new icon is an inspired design by Caroline Moore (@[email protected]), we hope you all love it as much as we do,” it said.

Photo credit: delta

Both logos had a broken triangle, similar to the Greek letter Delta. However, Adobe’s logo is red and white and its “A” is thicker and extends to the edge of the app icon. Delta’s logo is purple and white, smaller and centered in the app icon. Of course, they also operate in other areas, as Adobe offers a range of tools for creatives and no way to play retro games. It’s hard to argue that there would be much confusion among consumers about which logo is which.

Delta told us it first received an email from Adobe’s attorney on Wednesday, May 7, informing the company that its app icon violated Adobe’s “A” protocol Adobe said it was infringing, and asked that it be changed so as not to violate “Adobe’s rights or the law.”

Adobe gave Delta until May 17 to respond, but then received a second email from Apple saying Adobe had asked Apple to remove the Delta app for violating its trademark. Delta responded to both companies, explaining that their symbol was a stylized Greek letter Delta, not an “A,” but that they would update the logo anyway.

Photo credit: delta

To avoid potential legal issues, Delta introduced a new logo that looks like a broken triangle. Unfortunately, the redesign isn’t as simple and clean as before, leading some users to believe that a different route could have been taken – such as using the lowercase delta or creating custom graphics for the new brand.

Testut tells us that the new app’s icon includes a temporary logo, but he plans to update it again when Delta 1.6 launches.

“…We plan to update the icon again soon to a ‘final’ version – also designed by Caroline -,” he said, adding: “We’re not too worried about the impact on the brand in the meantime.” “

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