AllThingsD is reporting that Electronic Arts and Zynga have quietly settled their long-running lawsuit concerning their respective Facebook games The Sims Social and The Ville.
According to a filing (which you can read here or below) in U.S. District Court of Northern California, the case has been dismissed with prejudice. Both companies have also issued identical statements on the subject, meaning that they have settled the matter out of court:
"EA and Zynga have resolved their respective claims and have reached a settlement of their litigation in the Northern District of California."
For how much and what the terms are we do not know.
EA originally sued Zynga alleging that its Facebook game The Ville took great liberties in copying its popular game The Sims Social.
At the time EA asked for injunctive relief and damages. A month later Zynga filed two motions to refute EA's claims, arguing that The Ville on Facebook is not similar to EA’s The Sims Social. In a third filing it countersued EA, saying that the company was engaged in anti-competitive business practices when it came to recruiting employees.
All of that stuff is apparently water under the bridge. Since the terms of the settlement were out of court and confidential, we may never know what demands each side had to give in to… Of course, The Ville is one of the games Zynga decided to "phase out" as part of its bid to reduce costs.