Electronics Arts announced today that it is
suing Zynga for copyright infringement, alleging that Zynga’s recently
released Facebook game The Ville copied EA’s The Sims Social.
The Facebook-based Sims game launched a year ago with its distinctive
pixilated universe, and maintains several million active players on the
social network, EA said in a press release.
EA is pursuing the lawsuit on behalf of Maxis, the EA subsidiary that produces Sims games.
It is clear to “those of us at Maxis as well as to players and the
industry at large” that The Ville is unmistakably similar to The Sims
Social, said Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw.