When we reported on the launch of The Ville, Zynga’s “most social game ever”, we noted it sounds a lot like The Sims. Too much like The Sims, apparently, as EA are alleging that it’s a clone of their game The Sims Social.
EA Maxis have stated they feel they are the studio with the resources to stand up to Zynga, on behalf of everyone else, and absolutely gone to town in their lawsuit, not only claiming for their grievance with Zynga, but outlining every other claim of plagiarism ever made against the company, including the recent controversy involving Nimblebit’s TinyTower.
“EA believes and therefore alleges that Zynga did not achieve its success in online social gaming through creative game design and innovation. To the contrary, it is widely reported, and EA believes and therefore alleges, that Zynga explicitly discourages innovation in game design and instead watches successful games, plays and analyzes those games, and then creates its own games that closely follow the games of its competitors.”
For their part, Zynga have issued a statement that sounds suspiciously similar to their usual response to plagiarism claims.
Via Reggie Davis, the company said EA has “a lack of understanding of basic copyright principles” and claimed The Ville “builds on every major innovation from our existing invest-and-express games dating back to YoVille and continuing through CityVille and CastleVille, and introduces a number of new social features and game mechanics not seen in social games today.”
Zynga also suggested that Sim City Social is a clone of Cityville, one of Zynga’s other franchises.
You can read EA’s complaint in full here.
It’s unusual for EA to stand up for anyone other than itself – are you convinced? Who’s side are you on?