Farmville's origins disputed as Zynga sued
Wednesday 20 July 2011
Game studio SocialApps is taking Facebook giant Zynga to court, alleging that
FarmVille and its successors contain code from
Though FarmVille has been more commonly compared with Happy Farm and Farm Town, SocialApps says that Zynga was in fact given access to myFarm's inner workings in May 2009 before FarmVille's rise to power commenced in June.
So, having now registered myFarm's code with the Copyright Office as recently as June 13, SocialApps is claiming breach of copyright, confidence, contract and trade secrets.
Though FarmVille's star may be fading, overtaken by Zynga's own Empires & Allies and CityVille, it's still Facebook's third most popular app: just shy of 37 million people play it on a regular basis.
SocialApps had previously registered a trademark for ZooVille in November 2009, but Zynga sidestepped the zoo game fad entirely, following FishVille and PetVille with 2010's FrontierVille.
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