The battle between EA and Zynga has intensified today, with the social-gaming giant claiming “anticompetitive and unlawful business practices”.
Last month EA announced it was to sue Zynga over alleged copycat developing, with The Ville baring a striking resemblance to The Sims Social.
Zynga’s general counsel Reggie Davis:
Today we responded to EA’s claims, which we believe have no merit. We also filed a counterclaim which addresses actions by EA we believe to be anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal threats and demands for no-hire agreements.
In response EA released this official statement:
This is a subterfuge aimed at diverting attention from Zynga’s persistent plagiarism of other artists and studios. Zynga would be better served trying to hold onto the shrinking number of employees they’ve got, rather than suing to acquire more.
What do you think about this news, do Zynga have a leg to stand on?