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Buffalo Studios latest to accuse Zynga of copycat tactics

By Rachel Weber

Mon 30 Jan 2012 9:52am GMT / 4:52am EST / 1:52am PST

Says Zynga Bingo is a rip off of its popular title, Bingo Blitz

Zynga has again been accused of copying another developer's game, after Buffalo Studios pointed out that the new Zynga Bingo bears more than a passing resemblance to its title, Bingo Blitz.

"We wanted to alert you to the striking similarities between Zynga's recently announced game, to our game Bingo Blitz," Salim Mith, vice president of product marketing and operations told VentureBeat.

The message came with a handy infographic showing images of the games side by side.

Just last week Tiny Tower creators NimbleBit levelled similar accusations at the social gaming company, over a startling likeness between its iOS hit and Zynga's new Dream Heights. The fact that Zynga had previously tried, and failed, to buy Nimblebit only added fuel to the fire.

Today Spry Fox filed copyright charges against 6Waves Lolapps for similar reasons. It alleges 6Waves Lolapps published an apparent clone of Triple Town, after missing out on the chance to publish it on Facebook.

Zynga has yet to respond publicly to the accusations.

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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis

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The description on the main page eeds to be modified as the summary says "Says Zynga Poker is a rip off of its popular title, Bingo Blitz" but the article is about Zynga Bingo and not Zynga Poker :)

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Terence Gage Freelance writer

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Would it not be cheaper for Zynga to just buy these studios out, rather than fight these lawsuits on all fronts?!

Posted:4 years ago


Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters

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In the case of NimbleBit, I think they did try that, but NimbleBit turned them down.

Posted:4 years ago


Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend

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Unfortunately this is what Zynga do. They look for hit titles and clone them, knowing full well that the small companies they target cannot hit back legally. Hats off to Zynga for adopting the business model of 'Steal and Remake' and making large amounts of money out of it, but inevitably one day they will pick on the wrong company.

But then again Zynga is a business, not a moral compass so it's not really surprising they do what they do.

Posted:4 years ago


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