Zynga strikes back hard at EA in copyright infringement case (links to filings)

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Accused of copying Electronic Arts’ games, Zynga lashed back at its rival today in its first legal response to a copyright lawsuit.

Zynga said in a filing today that there is no merit to EA’s claim that Zynga’s recently launched The Ville was a copy of EA’s The Sims Social, which came out a year before. Zynga’s legal defense consists of several layers. The San Francisco social game giant made a motion to strike a number of allegations from the EA lawsuit that it said were irrelevant to the claims and inflammatory. Zynga has been quiet until now, but it is letting it rip. Zynga denied the copying charges and also alleged that EA tried to get it to break antitrust laws by proposing a no-hire collusion on snagging each others’ employees.

Zynga said it received more than 3,000 unsolicited resumes from EA employees. But John Riccitiello, the chief…

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