Sci-fi author sues Ubisoft for allegedly stealing Assassin's Creed premise

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John Beiswenger, author of the little-known 2003 science fiction novel Link, has filed a lawsuit against Ubisoft, the developer of the Assassin's Creed series of video games, the Escapist reported.

The first Assassin's Creed game was released in 2007, three years after Beiswenger authored his book, Venturebeat reported. However, many who have read his book fail to see much resemblance, the Escapist reported.

Beiswenger is seeking a minimum of $1.05 million in damages for 11 counts of copyright infringement, including all four core games, their spinoff games, the official encyclopedia, and the DC Comic book series, Venturebeat reported.

Worst of all for the fans of the franchise, Beiswenger is reportedly attempting to block the release of Assassin's Creed 3, due to be released this October, until the case is resolved, the Escapist reported.

Angry video game nerds have since gone online and posted terrible reviews of his book on Google Books, bringing down his average score to one star out of five.

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