Hi all, I’m new to game development and have been working solo on a project in my spare time.
Right now I have what would best be described as a vertical slice; it’s a fully functional prototype of a small portion of the game. I have the full story, gameplay, characters, etc. mapped out and am in the process of creating and implementing that content now. I’d like to begin showing it around and getting feedback, but I’m really paranoid about someone stealing my ideas/concepts.
For instance, say the Flappy Bird or 2048 dev showed his or her game off before it was fully completed. People liked and saw how addicting the game was but also how simple of a concept it was to execute. So they copied it, rushed out a clone, and were first to market with this gameplay mechanic. They receive all the accolades, popularity, and sales while the original dev loses out because he or she wanted feedback on his game.
Is this a legitimate fear? Or am I being paranoid? Are there any ways to protect my game and/or gameplay mechanics?