Electronic Arts (EA) has filed a copyright infringement case on behalf of its Maxis Label, which created âThe Sims Socialâ. The Sims Social was released on Facebook in August 2011 as an extension of its popular Sims PC game franchise. Zynga’s The Ville came out in June 2012.
In a 40 page filing, EA pointed out numerous game elements it claimed Zynga ripped off in âThe Ville,â from personality traits to avatarsâ actions, such as conversing and dancing. In another example, EA claimed âThe Villeâ characters included eight personality types, ranging from athlete to villain, that echoed âThe Simsâ own jock-to-scoundrel lineup. EA also accused Zynga of using eight identical colors for its charactersâ skin-tone palette.
Reginald Davis, Zyngaâs general counsel, hit back in response, âItâs unfortunate that EA thought that this was an appropriate response to our game, and clearly demonstrates a lack of understanding of basic copyright principlesâ.
This is not the first time Zynga has been accused of copying other developerâs games.
It may be remembered that the social gaming giantâs âDream Heightsâ bared more than a passing resemblance to indie developer Nimblebitâs iPhone game âTiny Towerâ. But this is the first time Zynga has butted heads with a company as large as EA.