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Zynga countersues EA over “anticompetitive” practices

Zynga has returned fire against Electronic Arts’ August lawsuit, with the social gaming company alleging the Battlefield and The Sims publisher has been deliberately anticompetitive. The Los Angeles Times reported last week on Zynga’s claims that EA engaged in “unlawful business practices, including legal threats and demands for no-hire agreements.”

Several of Zynga’s top current and former employees held positions at EA, including Zynga’s recently departed chief marketing officer Jeff Karp and likewise resigned chief operating officer John Schappert. Zynga said EA’s current claims have no merit and alleged that EA threatened to sue if it continued recruiting the company’s employees.

EA responded in the same Los Angeles Times article. Spokesman John Reseburg called the countersuit “predictable subterfuge” intended to divert attention from Zynga’s “persistent plagiarism.”

EA’s initial suit was filed in response to what it said were inexcusable similarities between Zynga’s The Ville and EA’s The Sims Social, both Facebook games. EA took the opportunity to claim the moral high ground, saying the suit is also intended to strike a blow against Zynga’s plagiarism of smaller, less legally prepared studios.

"Zynga would be better served trying to hold onto the shrinking number of employees they’ve got, rather than suing to acquire more," Reseburg said.

5 comments

  • Kinnolo - September 17, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    Take EA to the cleaners!
  • angelusdlion - September 17, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    EA taking the high ground is like Hitler speaking on world peace.
  • LongRusty_Monk - September 18, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    I completely agree, however Zynga are NOTORIOUS for copying games down to the T other than art style. Nimblebit's TinyTower was SOOO blatantly copied by Zynga, so much so that Nimblebit posted an open letter to Zynga, showing screenshots of both versions showing that they were EXACTLY the same, problem is where Nimblebit are relatively small (less than 10 guys work in the company) they arnt exactly legally equipped to sue Zynga, i for one would prefer to see Zynga go than EA.
  • sandplasma - September 17, 2012 9:17 a.m.

    Let the games begin..
  • ParagonT - September 17, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    May the odds be ever in your favor!

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