Zynga Settles With 'Bang With Friends' Maker

October 1, 2013 - James Fudge

In late July Zynga sued a company for making a casual sexual rendezvous app called "Bang With Friends" because its title closely resembled its lineup of "With Friends" game apps including "Words with Friends," and "Chess with Friends." Since the beginning of this year, Facebook users have been able to use the "Bang With Friends" app to choose which one of their friends they’d like to "get with." The app lets you select your friends that you want "benefits" with, but the object of your affection that you’ve selected won't know you've done so unless they are using the app and select you back...

Zynga didn't like that an app about casual sex had a name that could be associated with their products, so they sued. In a 22-page complaint (found here), the social games giant said that it filed the lawsuit to protect its famous brand from the "opportunistic exploitation" of the defendant's app. At the time, Zynga asked the court to find that Bang With Friends infringed on its trademark and that it should be barred from using the name in the United States.

Well whatever concerns Zynga had with Bang With Friends maker Next Bang, it seems that the two companies have settled their differences amicably. Speaking to Ars Technica, Next Bang CEO Colin Hodge told the publication that the matter has been settled.

"Zynga Inc. and Bang With Friends, Inc. are pleased that they have reached an amicable resolution of their dispute. Although the terms of the settlement are confidential, Bang With Friends, Inc. acknowledges the trademark rights that Zynga has in its WITH FRIENDS marks and will be changing its corporate name and rebranding its services in the near future. Details on the next version of Bang With Friends can be found at http://www.TheNextBang.com."

Source: Ars Technica


 
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