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2:00 PM on 03.18.2013

Zynga: Tablets are becoming the ultimate game platform

Console fans will protest, PC fans will bellow in outrage, but Farmville developer Zynga believes tablet devices are on track to become the ultimate platform for gaming experiences. According to games president Steve Chi...

Jim Sterling


11:30 PM on 02.07.2013

Um, what? Brett Ratner is making a FarmVille cartoon

Listen to the bear. Brett Ratner Boards ‘FarmVille’ Animated Series [Deadline]

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:00 PM on 08.27.2012

Jimquisition: EA vs. Zynga - The Lesser of Two Evils

Electronic Arts and Zynga duking it out is one of the biggest supervillain slap-fights in history. Both companies are reviled by gamers the world over, but as is our nature, we can't just sit back and watch the carnage. Peop...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 08.07.2012

EA vs. Zynga: EA thanks gamers for support

Electronic Arts couldn't have asked for a better enemy in Zynga. The social game kingpin is not only in financial trouble, it's also one of the most despised companies in the industry. EA must realize this, and has started su...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 08.06.2012

EA vs. Zynga: Zynga hits back, says EA is a copycat too

The supervillain slapfight of the century was initiated on Friday, with EA announcing that it would take Zynga to court for copying The Sims Social. Today, Zynga has fired its opening salvo in response, accusing EA of copying...

Jim Sterling



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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? 

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8:00 AM on 06.28.2012

Have an obnoxious, petty SimCity Social trailer

If you're mentally subnormal, then Electronic Arts has a trailer that's going to definitely appeal to your sensibilities. This video for SimCity Social promotes the Facebook game with a song so bad, it makes EA's Christmas c...

Jim Sterling

3:27 PM on 06.04.2012

E3: EA bitchslaps Zynga with SimCity Social

EA is preparing to invade Facebook, and it has Zynga in its sights. What is it about EA and its obsession with picking fights via passive-aggressive game slogans? In any case, SimCity Social is a city-building game for your F...

Jim Sterling

1:15 PM on 02.27.2012

Facebook gaming drops in popularity (what a shock!)

While some pundits assumed Facebook gaming was set to take over the world, the latest figures show that such distractions have become less popular over time. In 2010, roughly half of all Facebook users jumped on such titles a...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 05.25.2011

FarmVille and Dreyer's/Edy's plant real trees

There's a real FarmVille. It's FarmVille, Virginia, and the top players of Zynga's popular Facebook game will be going there to plant real trees in a real orchard.  The makers of Dreyer’s/Edy’s Fruit Bars and...

Dale North