The relationship between Zynga and EA may accross big problem, and what will happen between them?.
By Brandy Shaul From games.com
The FarmVIlle house just turned up the heat on the case of Zynga v. EA , or rather The Ville v. The Sims Social. Zynga has publicly released its reply to EA and has filed a counterclaim in San Francisco court in hopes of striking down the storied publisher's argument that Zynga has infringed upon EA's copyrights on The Sims franchise. In short, it's about to go down.
"Today we responded to EA's claims which we believe have no merit," Zynga General Counsel Reggie Davis said in a release. "We also filed a counterclaim which addresses actions by EA we believe to be anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal threats and demands for no-hire agreements. We look forward to getting back to focusing all our efforts on delighting our players."
As part of its copyright infringement suit issued earlier this summer, EA cited numerous press analyses of Zynga's games as proof that its claims had merit. Zynga seems to think that it was all poppycock. Zynga has outright asked the courts to strike that part of EA's argument down entirely, claiming that it serves "no purpose other than to try to portray Zynga in a bad light."
"In sharp contrast to the confined inquiry that single claim requires, EA's Complaint is an unrestrained ramble of immaterial, inflammatory, and prejudicial allegations that have no bearing on the issue at hand," the counterclaim reads. "These allegations are so patently irrelevant to the case that they appear geared more towards inciting the press coverage they generated than contributing to legal analysis. Zynga therefore moves to strike them."
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