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EA Sues Zynga for Copyright Infringement

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Zynga has found itself in quite a bit of financial and legal trouble recently, with this just the latest in a series of lawsuits against the company. This follows two from investors in the company about not being informed of financial troubles, and an investigation into a large sale of shares before a sudden share price drop.

Lucy Bradshaw, General Manager for Maxis, gives her view here.


19 Comments

Oh dear god, here we go. EA is following Apple's path.
Typical EA, just squeezing in more and more money.
I really hope that EA's craze for money will ultimately lead to it's downfall. Hopefully, the rumors about John Riccitiello getting the boot are true. Maybe the company can start moving in the right direction.
Regardless of views towards EA, they do have a legitimate complaint here. And it's not the first time Zygna's been caught doing something like this. Zygna's Dream Heights is brought up in the complaint, comparing it to Nimblebit's Tiny Tower.

EA has a strong case. I wouldn't think this is about money anyway - Zygna's likely to collapse soon, given their recent financial issues. This is copyright protection, pure and simple.
I know you people hate EA, but look at those games, The Ville is almost identical, EA has a right to do something about it. And it's not the first time Zygna is copying someones ideas...
lets be honest, most of fb games look the same. And alot of games are the same games only with different game art and quests.
For the first time in ages, EA does something reasonable and...."right" O_o. Unfortunately I have to say.....I-I support EA's stand in this case :S (man that was hard to get out).

The Ville, man it's obvious imitation! I hate you EA :) but good luck with that anyway ;D
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Halen Of Dania
Aug 04, 2012 - 09:06 AM
Just -_- .
Did some of you people even read the article!?!?

How would you feel if something you work on for hours, months and maybe even years; was stolen from you!!

You probably wouldn't like it if you tried to get it back and all your friends did was antagonize you for it, just because they think you want the money.

Suing costs money, EA has to hire lawyers to sue... This is not 100% free to do this on EA's part.
Eh... EA or Zynga... Two evil, bloodsucking companies leaving black marks on the game industry. While EA might shoot its IP in the head every other week, they don't go around, stealing other IPs and making completely identical products while deploying them on the same or a slightly different platform. I'm with EA on this, Zynga has been doing this for too long.
I just wish it was possible that they could both destroy each other. Unfortunately EA is large enough to sustain the losses necessary to put any company it targets out of business. then they will turn to the gaming model of microtransactions, online-only, and spamming your contacts and apply it across the industry.
It is a little ironic considering simcity social is so similar to cityville. But EA kinda had other reasons for its release and zynga does this with everything so good luck EA. wow youre right that was difficult to say.
Exactly why was The Great Giana Sisters sued, again? The graphics or gameplay?
There needs to be a change in the law as these constant lawsuits are getting out of hand. Its not good for innovation or for the customer.

EA would not have bothered suing Zynga if their Ville series was a flop. This is about greed and market dominance pure and simple.

Hopefully this will drive both EA and Zynga in the qutter.
It's rather strange that everytime EA is brought up, people complain about it being crazy for money, or really greedy, or something along those lines. As opposed to the other corporations, which sell products purely out of the goodness of their hearts? There are plenty of valid criticisms of EA, such as short-termism, but "greedy" or "money hungry" isn't one of them, because by definition corporations seek to maximize profit...

And of course this is a valid complaint, and probably not a great money making opportunity for EA anyway, they probably actually did do it on principle this time.
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Aug 05, 2012 - 02:33 PM

It's rather strange that everytime EA is brought up, people complain about it being crazy for money, or really greedy, or something along those lines. As opposed to the other corporations, which sell products purely out of the goodness of their hearts? There are plenty of valid criticisms of EA, such as short-termism, but "greedy" or "money hungry" isn't one of them, because by definition corporations seek to maximize profit...

And of course this is a valid complaint, and probably not a great money making opportunity for EA anyway, they probably actually did do it on principle this time.


Valve sells for money, but they update their games in non-DLC forms. They keep their games updated and fun while making a profit. But that is off topic, EA may have a valid point on the Ville, but SimCity Social and Cityville do bear a resemblance as well.
thank god maybe zynga will disband and remove what started the social gaming revolution (cough cough) EVIL FARMVILE!

wait...... EA is the one sueing THERE BECOMING TO POWERFUL!!!!!
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A Nonny Moose
Aug 07, 2012 - 07:21 AM
EA has to defend its property. The other company has a reputation of prior copyright violation and this will enrich some lawyers on both sides.

Any of us who may be involved in producing a new city simulation game have to be very careful not to step on any copyrighted material for the same reason.
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A Nonny Moose
Aug 07, 2012 - 07:23 AM
Oh, I forgot to say: There are no evil companies. A company is a thing. Things don't have any awareness. Only people can be evil. Corporate greed is a standard eminating from the board of directors who see themselves as doing their best for their shareholders.