Hey, remember last month when we poked fun at the ability to make “whoopee” in Zynga’s latest ‘ville’ game The Ville and noted the similarity to the ability to make “woo-hoo” in EA’s Sims Social?
Yeah, good times.
Well, EA thinks “whoopee” and other features are just a bit too similar to its game and are suing Zynga for copyright infringement.
"The similarities go well beyond any superficial resemblance," said Lucy Bradshaw, general manager of EA's Maxis Label. "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. Scores of media and bloggers commented on the blatant mimicry."
Bradshaw goes on to note that EA is not the first to accuse Zynga of copying its creative product but does have the “financial and corporate resources to stand up and do something about it” and hopes that its action against Zynga will help protect other studios who don’t have EA’s resources.
Naturally, Zynga thinks the lawsuit is a bunch of hooey.
"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,” said Reggie Davis, Zynga's general counsel. “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."
Source: The Verge
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen