EA Calls Out Zynga for Stealing in More Ways Than Onehttp://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/08/06/ea-calls-out-zynga-for-stealing-in-more-ways-than-.aspx Evan Niu
August 6, 2012
Social game titan Zynga (Nasdaq: ZNGA ) has a problem: its ability to internally come up with creative and innovative content is highly questionable. If you look through the history of its most popular games, you’ll find that many, if not all, of them were either developed by someone else and then acquired, or developed by someone else and then copied.
If you can’t beat ‘em, copy ‘em
Source: NimbleBit co-founder Ian Marsh's Twitter feed in January.
NimbleBit had spurned an acquisition offer from Zynga, leading Zynga to blatantly copy its popular game instead. There’s no shortage of examples of this behavior. Here’s one of Zynga’s most popular games, FarmVille, and its "inspiration," Farm Town.
Source: SF Weekly.
The list goes on.
Messing with the big wigs
One of EA’s most popular game franchises is The Sims, dating as far back as 2000, with the newest addition to the family being The Sims Social on Facebook’s (Nasdaq: FB ) platform. Zynga followed up with The Ville, which was just released, and is a clear knockoff of the game. EA has responded by filing a copyright infringement suit against Zynga. This time, EA is even taking it one step further than mere copying, alleging that the social gaming slumlord poached high-level execs, who had internal knowledge of The Sims Social for the specific goal of ripping it off.