Candy Crush developer King.com has filed a lawsuit against mobile developer 6Waves, alleging that the company has "blatantly" infringed on two of its games, Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga. The lawsuit, which was in the U.S. district court in San Francisco today, claims that 6Waves copied the color scheme, puzzle design, and UI elements for its games Treasure Epic and Farm Epic.
"6Waves went well beyond simply using King's ideas for inspiration," King co-founder and CEO Riccardo Zacconi said in a statement sent to GamesBeat. "We welcome fair competition but developers that simply mimic our products… pose a threat not just to us, but to the entire games industry."
Speaking to Gamasutra, a 6Waves representative said that the company cannot comment on particular details of the court case, but did adamantly deny the allegations by King.com
"6waves cannot provide detailed comments at this stage but we deny all allegations of the copyright infringement complaint by King.com Limited. Puzzle solving games and themes like farming and jewels are not unique and have been created by many other companies. Such popular gameplay and themes cannot be copyrighted."
6Waves is no stranger to these types of lawsuits; it settled a case with Spryfox last October. Spry Fox accused it of cloning its popular match-three game Triple Town for its game Yeti Town. As part of the settlement, 6Waves turned the IP for Yeti Town over to Spryfox.
We will have more on this story as it develops.