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Suit says Zynga copied 'Sims Social' game

Published on Aug 4, 2012 6:19 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - United States (US) videogames giant Electronic Arts (EA) said on Friday it had filed suit claiming Zynga's game The Ville illegally copied the life simulator The Sims Social.

"The core legal issue is our belief that Zynga infringed copyrights to our game, The Sims Social," said Ms Lucy Bradshaw, general manager of EA's Maxis label.

"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."

Ms Bradshaw said that when Zynga's game was introduced in June, "the infringement of The Sims Social was unmistakable to those of us at Maxis as well as to players and the industry at large."

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