Zynga and EA have ended their dispute over the similarities in their two games The Ville and The Sim’s Social out of court, the terms of the settlement are undisclosed.
EA sued Zynga in August saying that Zynga’s game The Ville was an “unmistakeable copy” of EA’s The Sim’s Social. Zynga responded back to the claim in September, calling EA’s argument a “baseless sham.”
Today, both companies issued a joint statement: “EA and Zynga have resolved their respective claims and have reached a settlement of their litigation in the Northern District of California.”
“Maxis isn’t the first studio to claim that Zynga copied its creative product,” wrote a righteous Lucy Bradshaw, Maxis’ general manager, on EA’s The Beat blog at the time. “But we are the studio that has the financial and corporate resources to stand up and do something about it.
“By calling Zynga out on this illegal practice, we hope to have a secondary effect of protecting the rights of other creative studios who don’t have the resources to protect themselves… Today, we hope to be taking a stand that helps the industry protect the value of original creative works and those that work tirelessly to create them.”
Many people aren’t exactly thrilled with the outcome as many were hoping EA would bring the hammer down on Zynga’s less that ethical business practices.