Quantcast
Destructoid: Videogame News & Community

DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist



DESTRUCTOID, EST. IN 2006, IS AN INDEPENDENT NEWS COMPANY. WE ARE GAME CRITICS. OUR COMMUNITY IS RAW, VOCAL, AND HARDCORE <3
Support Dtoid by becoming a Huge Member








Dtoid is...

Hamza Aziz
Chief Executive
Dale North
Editor-in-Chief
Max Scoville
Video Warlock
Steven Hansen
Features Editor
Chris Carter
Reviews Director
Jordan Devore
News Editor
Andy Dixon
Community Manager
Niero G.
Founder

Editors
Meet the team

Our sites
Flixist
Japanator
Tomopop

Contact Us
Suggest News
Advertising
Privacy
Contact Us



EA suing Zynga over copyright infringement  photo
EA suing Zynga over copyright infringement
by Jim Sterling

Electronic Arts has announced that it will be twisting the knife into the beleaguered Zynga by taking it to court -- suing the trouble company over its new social game, The Ville. EA alleges that The Ville is a rip-off of The Sims Social. Man, we knew EA was gunning for Zynga, but they brought out the cannons now.

"The core legal issue is our belief that Zynga infringed copyrights to our game, The Sims Social," wrote EA.  "In legal terms, our claim is that Zynga copied the original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a clear violation of the U.S. copyright laws.

"The legal reasons are solid. But for creative teams who feel that their hard work and imaginations have been ripped off, there’s obviously an emotional element too."

The full allegation can be read here, as Maxis manager Lucy Bradshaw attempts to garner sympathy in what can only be described as the villain face-off of the century. Seriously, Electronic Arts versus Zynga. What next? Two pedophiles having a fistfight? 

view full story + comments


3:00 PM on 06.18.2012

Jimquisition: Why do people hate EA?

Recently, IGN asked EA why people hate EA in an article that seemed designed to dismiss any actual reasons for people hating EA. Hardly surprising, since EA was the one being interviewed about the hate for EA. Looking to set...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 05.11.2012

EA kills free Battlefield 3 servers, pushes paid ones

Electronic Arts has yanked a large number of official DICE and EA servers for Battlefield 3's multiplayer modes on PS3 and Xbox 360, leaving mostly privately rented servers in its place. For those wondering, EA's been leasing...

Jim Sterling





9:00 AM on 05.07.2012

Battlefront 3 killed by 'psychopaths' at LucasArts

Free Radical co-founders David Doak and Steve Ellis and former audio director Graeme Norgate have been chatting to Eurogamer about Star Wars: Battlefront 3, revealing the chain of unsavory events that led to its cancella...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 05.03.2012

Notch: EA is methodically destroying gaming

Minecraft developer Markus "Notch" Persson is angry at Electronic Arts for exploiting the concept of the indie bundle, expressing his distaste for the company's self-made association with independent developers. According to ...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 02.03.2012

EA loves COD Elite, wants more subscriptions in games

Electronic Arts has been loving the idea of turning games into ongoing "services" for a while, and it appears to be drawing a lot of inspiration from Activision's Call of Duty Elite. Praising the rival's service, CEO John Ric...

Jim Sterling



Zynga rips off Tiny Tower, gets called out by devs photo
Zynga rips off Tiny Tower, gets called out by devs
by Jim Sterling

Zynga appears to have given up on copying its own games over and over, and has moved on to the straightforward plagiarizing of other peoples' work. Dream Heights is Tiny Tower to the core, the only difference being Zynga's inferior artistic direction. 

Tiny Tower's developer, Nimblebit, has noticed the similarities and called out the 2,789-strong company in a wonderfully sarcastic way. 

Zynga's relatively short history already has a laundry list of legal tussles relating to intellectual property rights, seeing it on both the defense and offense. Like many successful game companies, it will protect its own rights doggedly, but has no problem shamelessly copying everybody else. Apparently that's how you get ahead. 

Stay classy, Zynga!

view full story + comments


3:00 PM on 01.23.2012

Jimquisition: Piracy Episode 1 - Copyright

Piracy is one of those issues that will absolutely never die, like the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle or the truth of the Zelda Timeline. I have always had a set view on piracy -- it's not the worst crime in the world, but ...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 01.17.2012

ESA spent $190,000 to support PIPA lobbyists

The Entertainment Software Association has come under heavy criticism for its express support of SOPA, but recent detective work has uncovered a far sleazier transgression -- Kotaku reports that the ESA spent a reported $190,...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 12.05.2011

EA will ban you from games if someone else swears at you

Electronic Arts has been catching heat for its stupid policy that bans customers from their legally bought games if they break rules on the forums. Despite all the bad publicity, however, EA isn't fixing the issue -- it's get...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.02.2011

Oh, EA: Subscription charges added to Tetris mobile app

Oh, EA! What have you cheeky scamps gone and done now? It would seem you've added a subscription service to a Tetris app of all things. Now why would you go and do something as positively zany as that? Electronic Arts has rel...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 11.21.2011

Publishers back Blockbuster rentals to fight used games

Blockbuster has said that it's seen a lot of support from game publishers over its increased game rental plans, because they help erode the impact of used games. Apparently, companies receive quite the kickback from rentals, ...

Jim Sterling

12:30 PM on 11.14.2011

Rumor: EA wants Wii U to exclusively use Origin

According to the latest gossip, Electronic Arts is "aggressively" pursuing exclusive digital distribution rights on Nintendo's Wii U by having it use Origin. The idea would be that EA can force Origin onto a wider b...

Jim Sterling

10:40 AM on 04.14.2011

Activision argues that it's not an evil empire

Monolithic empire Activision has argued that it is not monolithic empire, arguing that its reputation as a festering hub of evil is the price of being the number one publisher in the business. I'm sure the goat sacrifices and...

Jim Sterling





4:20 PM on 02.22.2011

Co-founder finds Activision hate 'a little bit strong'

Activision co-founder Alan Miller believes that the resentment some gamers feel toward the evil publisher is a bit "strong" and has suggested we tone it down a bit. "As a publisher, you’re taking the risk," he said. "An...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 12.16.2010

Activision: Hating us not realistic, akin to PS3 bashing

Evil publisher Activision is pretty hated by the gaming community, mostly for being evil. The company's Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, believes that the hate isn't founded in reality, and is rather similar to the bashin...

Jim Sterling