Electronic Arts Hits Zynga With Copyright Lawsuit Over The Ville

Electronic Arts Hits Zynga With Copyright Lawsuit Over The Ville

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)