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Zynga settles Kobojo lawsuit

Zynga settles Kobojo lawsuit

Fri 19 Oct 2012 9:07am GMT / 5:07am EDT / 2:07am PDT
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PyramidVille becomes PyramidValley in payment free settlement

Zynga has settled its lawsuit against French development studio Kobojo over the use of the "ville" suffix in one of its titles.

"Although the terms of the parties' settlement are confidential, the parties can confirm that neither party made any payment as part of the settlement," a Kobojo spokesperson told Gamasutra.

The lawsuit was filed with the California District Court back in May. Zynga objected to the Kobojo game PyramidVille, which has since been changed to PyramidValley, as it believed it infringed the trademark of titles like Farmville and Cityville. It demanded damages no less than three times the profits the game has produced.

"There can be no question that defendant was fully aware of Zynga's success and Zynga's Ville family of games prior to selecting the name for its similarly themed game," said Zynga at the time.

"For example, on information and belief, more than one of Defendant's principles had installed and played various games within Zynga's Ville Family of Games prior to the release of PyramidVille."

5 Comments

Kingman Cheng
Illustrator and Animator

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So if Smallville ever had a computer game made...

Posted:A year ago

#1

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

1,692 594 0.4
Protecting your IP and brand is immensely important.
There is far too much passing off on the app store. Something that needs cleaning up.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

559 607 1.1
I can agree with the Zynga sentiment (if not the demands for payout). IP is indeed important and the "Ville" is definitely associated with Zynga (for better or worse). Good to see they settled without payment and the name change took place.

Posted:A year ago

#3
Popular Comment
We can steal your games, but you can't steal our name! ;)

Posted:A year ago

#4

Tamir Ibrahim
Programmer

76 56 0.7
Protecting of IP is important but I'm not sure of this, basically, owning a word. Does this mean if any games come out with the word Ville in it then Zynga can sue? I'm not sure that's right, to me at least.

Posted:A year ago

#5

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