EA and Zynga Settle The Ville -The Sims: Social Lawsuits

February 15, 2013 -

AllThingsD is reporting that Electronic Arts and Zynga have quietly settled their long-running lawsuit concerning their respective Facebook games The Sims Social and The Ville.

According to a filing (which you can read here or below) in U.S. District Court of Northern California, the case has been dismissed with prejudice. Both companies have also issued identical statements on the subject, meaning that they have settled the matter out of court:

"EA and Zynga have resolved their respective claims and have reached a settlement of their litigation in the Northern District of California."

For how much and what the terms are we do not know.

EA originally sued Zynga alleging that its Facebook game The Ville took great liberties in copying its popular game The Sims Social.

At the time EA asked for injunctive relief and damages. A month later Zynga filed two motions to refute EA's claims, arguing that The Ville on Facebook is not similar to EA’s The Sims Social. In a third filing it countersued EA, saying that the company was engaged in anti-competitive business practices when it came to recruiting employees.

All of that stuff is apparently water under the bridge. Since the terms of the settlement were out of court and confidential, we may never know what demands each side had to give in to... Of course, The Ville is one of the games Zynga decided to "phase out" as part of its bid to reduce costs.

 

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Source: AllThingsD


Comments

Re: EA and Zynga Settle The Ville -The Sims: Social Lawsuits

Zynga is even worse with how it treats its employees if it ever got big without a doubt they would treat their customers worse than EA ever did. I know Zynga's CEO went to Temple (In Chicago) with some other small business Russian Immigrant CEOs I used to work for that treated their employees and customers like garbage.

Re: EA and Zynga Settle The Ville -The Sims: Social Lawsuits

I'm glad the case was settled. Given how much of what EA claimed as its own involved depictions of everyday household behavior, a decision in favor of EA would have been awful for the industry. Developers shouldn't have to fear being sued by EA for making a "domestic life" simulator, especially when The Sims was itself inspired in part by another game called Little Computer People.

Re: EA and Zynga Settle The Ville -The Sims: Social Lawsuits

Unfortunately, since Zynga doesn't have to take responsibility anymore, they'll continue to make cheap clones of popular games until they day they go out of business.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: EA and Zynga Settle The Ville -The Sims: Social Lawsuits

The details of the settlement are confidential, so how do you know they're not responsible? As for clones, I'd rather have a bunch of cheap clones than to have only one company be able to make domestic life sims.

 
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