Suit says Zynga copied 'Sims Social' game

Aug 03, 2012
Lucy Bradshaw GM of Maxis presents Simcity integrated into Facebook during the EA (Entertainment Arts) media briefing in June 2012. Electronic Arts said Friday it had filed suit claiming Zynga's game "The Ville" illegally copied the life simulator "The Sims Social."

US videogames giant Electronic Arts said Friday it had filed suit claiming Zynga's game "The Ville" illegally copied the life simulator "The Sims Social."

"The core legal issue is our belief that Zynga infringed copyrights to our game, The Sims Social," said Lucy Bradshaw, general manager of EA's Maxis label.

"The legal reasons are solid. But for creative teams who feel that their hard work and imaginations have been ripped off, there's obviously an emotional element too."

Bradshaw said that when Zynga's game was introduced in June "the infringement of The Sims Social was unmistakable to those of us at Maxis as well as to players and the industry at large."

She added that "the copying was so comprehensive that the two games are, to an uninitiated observer, largely indistinguishable. Scores of media and bloggers commented on the blatant mimicry."

Zynga, a social games maker which grew from the platform, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sims Social is among the life-simulation games from -based EA.

The Ville, one of the top games played on Facebook, has been described as "very similar" to The Sims Social but "not a complete clone" by a reviewer at the website Inside .

Explore further: Nokia posts higher Q3 profits on one-off tax gain

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Zynga sues French startup over "Ville" game

May 08, 2012

Zynga is out to strip "Ville" from the name of a social game made by French firm Kobojo on the grounds it piggybacks on a line of its titles including "CityVille" and "FarmVille."

Zynga sued over patent infringement

Aug 17, 2011

(AP) -- Zynga Inc., the maker of popular online games such as "FarmVille" and "CityVille," is being sued for patent infringement by a Texas gaming startup.

US videogame maker EA in deal with Facebook

Nov 02, 2010

Electronic Arts said Tuesday that it has reached a five-year agreement with Facebook that calls for the social network's virtual currency to be the exclusive payment method for EA games.

Recommended for you

Nokia turnaround since handset unit sale continues

7 hours ago

Nokia appears to have turned around its fortunes after the sale of its ailing cellphone unit to Microsoft, reporting a third-quarter net profit of 747 million euros ($950 million), from a loss of 91 million euros a year earlier. ...

Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism

7 hours ago

Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction.

Sk Hynix logs all-time high Q3 earnings

7 hours ago

SK Hynix, the world's second-largest memory chip maker, reported Thursday a record high quarterly net profit for the three months to September on strong sales and currency earnings.

User comments : 0