EA sues Zynga for copyright infringement

by Nathan Misa Featured 7 Comments 29 Votes 1647 Views 04/08/2012 Back to News

EA has sued social gaming giant Zynga for copyright infringement over Zynga's game, The Ville.

According to a complaint filed earlier today, EA believes Zynga's The Ville 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."

"Zynga's The Ville, released on June 26, 2012, is an unmistakable copy of EA's The Sims Social. Not only does The Ville blatantly mimic the entire framework and style of gameplay in The Sims Social, but it so closely copies the original, creative expression and unique elements of The Sims Social - i.e., the animation sequences, visual arrangements, characters' motions and actions, and other unique audio-visual elements - that the two games are nearly indistinguishable."

"When The Ville was introduced in June 2012, the infringement of The Sims Social was unmistakable to those of us at Maxis as well as to players and the industry at large. The similarities go well beyond any superficial resemblance. Zynga’s design choices, animations, visual arrangements and character motions and actions have been directly lifted from The Sims Social. The copying was so comprehensive that the two games are, to an uninitiated observer, largely indistinguishable."

"By calling Zynga out on this illegal practice, we hope to have a secondary effect of protecting the rights of other creative studios who don’t have the resources to protect themselves. Today, we hope to be taking a stand that helps the industry protect the value of original creative works and those that work tirelessly to create them." - EA Complaint

The Ville was announced earlier this year in June and allows players to build a house and career, customise character appearances and pave a career and life for themselves. EA believes that the general idea and similarities blatantly copies The Sims Social, which launched over a year earlier in August 2011.

A few hours after the complaint was filed, Zynga replied to both IGN and Gamasutra about the lawsuit.

"We are committed to creating the most fun, innovative, social and engaging games in every major genre that our players enjoy. The Ville is the newest game in our ‘ville’ franchise – it builds on every major innovation from our existing invest-and-express games dating back to YoVille and continuing through CityVille and CastleVille, and introduces a number of new social features and game mechanics not seen in social games today. 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. It’s also ironic that EA brings this suit shortly after launching SimCity Social which bears an uncanny resemblance to Zynga’s CityVille game. Nonetheless, we plan to defend our rights to the fullest extent possible and intend to win with players." - Reggie Davis, general counsel of Zynga

To read the original court filing, click here. Take a look at the video below, which was one of six used by EA as video evidence, which shows the similarities between the two games.

Get the Adobe Flash Player to see this video.

What do you think of the lawsuit? Do you think the similarities are too close for comfort for Zynga?

Source: Gamasutra

By Nathan Misa

Link to us http://wii.mmgn.com/News/ea-sues-zynga-for-copyright-infringement
Vote for this article Log in with Facebook

EA sues Zynga for copyright infringement Comments

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook
This is Zynga we're talking about. It is harder and more time-consuming to find ways their games don't infringe on other company's IP.
EA use's sue attack
it's super effective
Zynga takes 999damage
Zynga fainted
punk
+
iamtom LOL so true.

[Rage] zynga
Somehow don't see a bunch of unemployed housewives standing up and defending Zynga.

Good luck you soulless fad feeding mother****ers.
Wow... And I was just playing that game 3 days ago...

But Zynga is much better than EA...
And btw, did Chillingo and EA merge? :D
Zynga.. is better.. than EA? [WTF] [WTF] [WTF] [WTF] [WTF] [WTF] [WTF] [WTF]

TrblyXlent said: Wow... And I was just playing that game 3 days ago...
But Zynga is much better than EA...
And btw, did Chillingo and EA merge?


wut

Post a comment

Leave a comment Log in with Facebook

Recently Read

Featured Wii Content

Most Anticipated July Game

Most Anticipated July Game

26/06/2015 Polls 2 4
Friendly Fire Show 100: Vegas, baby!

Friendly Fire Show 100: Vegas, baby!

Gryllis 5 hours Articles 0 1
Big games of July

Big games of July

Tano 26/06 Articles 12 6
Super Mario World beaten blindfolded in 23 minutes
Tano 25/06 News 0 1
The Best and Worst of E3 2015

The Best and Worst of E3 2015

Gryllano 23/06 Articles 2 6
E3 2015 - MMGN Hub

E3 2015 - MMGN Hub

Tano 19/06 Articles 10 12
Friendly Fire Show 99 E3 Part 2: Fully back compatible

Friendly Fire Show 99 E3 Part 2: Fully back compatible

Podcast 19/06 Articles 0 2
The 20 best trailers of E3 2015

The 20 best trailers of E3 2015

Tano 18/06 Articles 7 10
Celebrate Mario's 30th anniversary for a good cause

Celebrate Mario's 30th anniversary for a good cause

Gryllis 17/06 News 0 3

Community Content

Wii U - 2, MMGN - 0

Wii U - 2, MMGN - 0

01/05/2015 Blog 14 1

MMGN Updates

Status
Updating..
Username

commented on Black Ops 3 gets its own comic book prequel

Tano 2 hours ago
Username

tiger0123, Diagonis83, MicDaMan commented on Monsters: Dark Continent giveaway

tiger0123 3 hours ago
Username

commented on Fallout Shelter should hit Android in August

Tano 8 hours ago
Username

Rebecca6211, Mobe1969, Tia commented on Monsters: Dark Continent giveaway

Rebecca6211 1 day ago
Username

commented on Monsters: Dark Continent giveaway

zurczner 1 day ago
Username

Kazanagii made a change to Hibike! Euphonium

Kazanagii 1 day ago
Username

kangle4, Leasha, Daniel369, Andy7365 commented on Monsters: Dark Continent giveaway

kangle4 1 day ago