Zynga alleges EA’s chief executive proposed an anti-competitive ‘no hire’ pact or he would ‘rain hell’

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

In a counterclaim against Electronic Arts’ copyright infringement lawsuit, Zynga has made an allegation that could vastly raise the legal stakes. Zynga alleged in a legal filing today that Electronic Arts chief executive John Riccitiello proposed an anti-competitive “no hire” pact with Zynga’s then-chief operating officer, John Schappert.

Citing emails allegedy written by Riccitiello, Zynga said that Riccitiello took the departures of EA executives for Zynga very personally.

The claim is part of a response that Zynga filed related to EA’s lawsuit alleging that Zynga’s The Ville social game copied EA’s The Sims Social title. During the discovery process, Zynga claims it found damning emails sent by Riccitiello (pictured at top).

“The counterclaim sheds light on what this legal battle is really about,” said one source who asked not to be identified.

Zynga says that in recent years it has received more than 3,000 unsolicited resumes from EA employees. Among…

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