Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

8 08 2012

It hasn’t been a great couple of weeks for Zynga, whose less-than-stellar earnings report last Friday was quickly followed by allegations of insider trading by no fewer than five different law firms. Now, Electronic Arts and Maxis are piling on, suing Zynga over The Ville‘s similarities to EA’s own The Sims Social.

EA believes that Zynga copied The Sims Social‘s game design, graphics, and other elements to such an extent that “the two games are, to an uninitiated observer, largely indistinguishable,” said Maxis General Manager Lucy Bradshaw in a press release posted over at Joystiq. Bradshaw also wants to protect the “creative teams who feel that their hard work and imaginations have been ripped off” by the alleged copying.


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