Not many dancing arcade games can rival the mammoth success that is Dance Dance Revolution. However, Roxor, a small development company, released a game called In The Groove. While it doesn’t share the same name as DDR, it shared enough similarities to get Konami’s full, legal attention.

Back in May, Konami filed the lawsuit against Roxor on the grounds that they infringed on DDR’s patent and trademark rights. RedOctane, the publisher for Roxor’s dancing game, had to briefly halt production on the release of the game for the PS2, after the lawsuit emerged. Primarily, Konami seemed awfully ticked after Roxor began promoting their game using slogans such as “never before seen” and “exclusive” to describe features that were alleged rip-offs from the DDR games.

Both DDR and In The Groove have similar control schemes, as they require gamers to dance to the beat of music while using a dance mat. The similarities were apparently so strong that Konami alleged that Roxor had used In The Groove logos to replace those found on the cabinets of DDR, and that the Roxor game was using some form of the DDR cabinets. Well, the entire fiasco has been resolved, sort of.

Konami has come to terms with settling their score with the financially inferior infringer. Roxor lost out to Konami by handing over the intellectual property rights of In The Groove to the interactive dancing champion. What Konami plans to do with the newly acquired property rights is still unclear, but Roxor stated that they would be more respectful of Konami, in their future endeavors.

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