Social games maker Zynga has settled a lawsuit with a former employee that it claimed stole confidential company information before leaving to take a job at a rival video game developer, according to a TechCrunch report.
The lawsuit filed in 2012 by Zynga accused Patmore of storing 760 documents in his Dropbox account before his final day working for the company. Zynga alleged that these files included design documents for several upcoming games and other trade secrets.
Under the terms of the settlement, former Zynga General Manager Alan Patmore admitted to making a "serious mistake" by taking confidential Zynga information when he left the company to work for Kixeye.
"I accept responsibility for making a serious mistake by copying and taking Zynga confidential information when I resigned from Zynga. I understand the consequences of my actions and I sincerely apologize to Zynga and my former colleagues," Patmore said in a statement.
The admission was part of a joint statement released by Zynga and Kixeye, who also said:
"Zynga Inc. and Kixeye Inc. have reached a mutually agreeable settlement of their litigation involving Alan Patmore in San Francisco Superior Court."
Terms of the settlement beyond the public apology were not disclosed.