The gloves are off: EA vs. Zynga over copyright infringmentPosted 10:33 am on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
Zynga has been copying games from smaller developers and creating their own versions of it. One developer, Nimblebit, wasn’t too pleased. They released a sarcastic image dedicated to Zynga (which you can see below) when Zynga took “inspiration” from their Tiny Tower game and created Dream Heights.
Zynga wasn’t done taking “inspiration” from games. They created TheVille which was inspired by Maxis Studios’ The Sim Social. That wasn’t a wise move on their part, since Maxis Studio is under EA’s umbrella. Now EA is taking a stand to go up against Zynga. We’re about to see two big dogs battling it out.
From EA COO Peter Moore:
“When we looked at TheVille we felt somewhat affronted by what we saw as copyright infringement.”
“We also feel from an industry perspective that a number of these things have happened before related to Zynga, but there’s never been a company that has the wherewithal and the resources to take it to the next level. We do.”
“We’re defending our Maxis studio, and we’re standing up for the industry,” continued Moore.
“The roots of what we do as an industry is creative, from the minds of people who sit there and build storylines and characters and mesh it all together and work hard to do it. You take years to do that. And when you see somebody, quite frankly, take months replicating what you’ve done, you’re upset. We were upset. We were upset for Maxis.”
“And we’ve seen enough of it from an industry perspective, with smaller publishers and developers who also put their hands up and said, ‘this is not right, but I don’t know what to do about it.’ We do.”
“We got a lot of that and the teams respond to that. And privately we’ve had a lot of feedback directly to our teams, to Lucy [Bradshaw] in particular, who’s well known in the industry, and she more than anybody has been part of The Sims since the Will Wright days of creating it. She was upset about it. And we decided to do something about it.”
And here’s Nimblebit’s message to Zynga.
BTW, you can go ahead and support Nimblebit by purchasing Tiny Tower at the Apple Store.
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.