Electronic Arts has filed a 40-page long copyright-infringement suit against game maker Zynga.
They claim that a number of key elements of EA's popular “The Sims Social” game for Facebook fans are now a part of Zynga's “The Village” software.
According to a Reuters report, the General Manager at EA's Maxis brand went a little further. Lucy Bradshaw was quoted as saying “Zynga's design choices, animation, visual arrangements and character motions and actions have been directly lifted from “The Sims Social”.
Reggie Davis, Zynga's chief counsel argued that EA's lawsuit “demonstrated a lack of understanding of basic copyright principles.”
“The Sims Social” allows gamesters to create characters in a fictional town who interact with each other.
Zynga stock took a big hit last week following a horrible second quarter earnings report.