Today Electronic Arts has filed a lawsuit on behalf of its Maxis label against competitor Zynga for infringing on EA’s copyrights to its Facebook Game, The Sims Social. Lucy Bradshaw, General Manager of EA’s Maxis Label, commented on this lawsuit stating that Zynga basically copied and pasted The Sims Social into their Facebook game, The Ville.
“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.”
The Maxis team seems very upset over Zynga allegedly taking their ideas and making them their own. You can read the whole blog post by Lucy Bradshaw here. Let us know what you think about copyright infringement in the video game industry in the comment section below.