After being accused from nigh-on the entire Internet of being game-stealing weasels, Zynga is now facing a lawsuit from the 800-pound gorilla of the gaming world: EA. It looks like we’re in for some popcorn-munching as EA drops some science on the court about Zynga’s shady dealings.
Electronic Arts Inc. EA today announced that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of its Maxis Label against Zynga Inc. for infringing EA’s copyrights to its Facebook game, The Sims Social. In the complaint, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on August 3, 2012, EA claims that in Zynga’s recently-released Facebook game The Ville, Zynga has willfully and intentionally “copied and misappropriated the original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a violation of U.S. copyright laws.”
Regardless of your personal feelings about EA, this is going to be interesting. For too long, Zynga has seemingly been trading off of the work of other developers. From what I’ve garnered from my personal conversations with a former Zynga employee about the company’s business practices in general, EA probably has a pretty strong case. Hopefully, this will land a blow big enough to sink Zynga and their scummy ways. Really and truly, the entire Internet has been waiting for a company with enough resources to get fed up with Zynga’s bullshit.
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Source: Business Wire/MarketWatch