Electronic Arts Inc. is suing Zynga Inc. accusing them that the latter copied essential elements of their “Sims Social” in their “The Ville” game.
Zynga is one of the largest game providers for Facebook. The company has been at the receiving end of copyright infringement accusations coming from different game developers.
According to EA, Zynga copied “Sims Social” personality traits to its characters’ actions.
Head of EA’s Maxis label Lucy Bradshaw said, “Zynga’s design choices, animations, visual arrangements and character motions and actions have been directly lifter from ‘The Sims Social’. The copying was so comprehensive that the two games are, to an uninitiated observer, largely indistinguishable.”
Reginald Davis, the general counsel of Zynga said, “It’s unfortunate that EA thought that this was an appropriate response to our game, and clearly demonstrates a lack of understanding of basic copyright principles.”
Analysts have said that it is common place for competitors like EA and Zynga to have similar offerings.
A partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC J. Gregory Boyd said, “There’s a tremendous significance to this case. The issues of copying, particularly in the social space, have been bubbling for years. Now we have two behemoth companies that have the opportunity between the two of them to settle a lot of questions.”
EA vs Zynga. Who will win over “The Ville”?
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