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EA Suing Zynga over The Ville Rip-off of Sims Social

It has been reported in the past that Zynga hasn’t being playing nicely when it comes to other peoples games. You look at Dream Heights ,and it looks, feels and plays like Tiny Tower. It seems like they went ahead and did it again, this time having a go at “The Sims Social” from EA, a Facebook game. And EA have decided to say, “No Sir!”
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Lucy Bradshaw, general manager for the Maxis label over at EA (responsible for everything Sims), posted on EA News that they have filed a lawsuit against Zynga over copyright infringement.

“When we launched The Sims Social in August 2011, Maxis brought the distinctive universe of our world-renowned franchise, The Sims, to Facebook. We created a game that allowed players to create Sims that can interact with the Sims of their Facebook friends. It was an instant hit, gaining tens of millions of users, many of whom continue to play the game after nearly a year since launch.”

“As outlined in our complaint, when The Ville was introduced in June 2012, the infringement of The Sims Social was unmistakable to those of us at Maxis as well as to players and the industry at large. The similarities go well beyond any superficial resemblance. 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.”
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Let’s hope that with this move from a behemoth such as EA, Zynga will pull its socks up, in both its stock and as a company as a whole. Innovating gameplay is one thing, copy/pasting and saying it’s your own is another …

Thanks to RPS for the alert, and EA for the source!

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