Electronic Arts Hits Zynga With Copyright Lawsuit Over The Ville

on August 3, 2012 3:11 PM

Zynga has been accused multiple times of making games that show a rather uncanny resemblance with other titles released before them, but so far the small companies that called the casual gaming giant on cases of alleged plagiarism lacked the legal oomph to properly protect their intellectual properties.

This time things may be a tad different, as the accuser isn’t a small developer with little resources, but Electronic Arts, a company whose legal office isn’t exactly a lightweight.

Electronic Arts identified a very close resemblance between their The Sims franchise (and in particular The Sims Social) and Zynga’s The Ville. 

Today the publisher from Redwood filed an official lawsuit against the rival for copyright infringement, asking for injunctive relief and damages.

Below you can find the whole text of the complaint, including some very compelling comparative pictures. Did Zynga finally bite off more than it can chew?

EA v Zynga Complaint (Final)

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.