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King victorious in 6waves copyright settlement

"Another company sought to take advantage of the hard work and creativity of two of our games teams"

Candy Crush Saga creator King has triumphed in its copyright case against 6waves, receiving an undisclosed sum and ensuring the closure of 6waves' Farm Epic and Treasure Epic.

"We are pleased that this matter has now been resolved," commented King's chief legal officer Robert Miller.

"We believe in a thriving game development community based on fair competition. However, this was a case where another company sought to take advantage of the hard work and creativity of two of our games teams. In such circumstances, we will always look to vigorously enforce our rights."

Documents from the United State District Court, provided by King, show that the matter was settled today.

GamesIndustry.biz has approached 6waves for their response to the ruling.

The lawsuit was originally filed last August and alleged 6waves had cloned King's Pet Rescue Saga and Farm Heroes Saga with its titles Treasure Epic and Farm Epic. At the time 6waves denied the accusations.

"6waves cannot provide detailed comments at this stage but we deny all allegations of the copyright infringement complaint by King.com Limited," it said.

"Puzzle solving games and themes like farming and jewels are not unique and have been created by many other companies. Such popular gameplay and themes cannot be copyrighted."

6waves does have priors in this scenario. In October 2012 it settled out of court with Spry Fox over charges it had cloned match three title Triple Town with its game Yeti Town.

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Latest comments (3)

Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend4 years ago
Nobody likes to see companies cloning other companies games, but rarely do these cases actually represent the real story and invariably the company with the most money wins. We have seen this with Zynga many times and even though this case looks a little more clear cut, I still do wonder if 6Waves would have been the company with the most money whether they would have won?

[cynic_mode] It would appear as if the legal system is mainly a tool for wealthy individuals/companies to legally extort money from other less fortunate individuals/companies.[/cynic_mode]
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Keldon Alleyne Strategic keyboard basher, Avasopht Ltd4 years ago
Your cynicism isn't too far from the truth.

The legal system we have today originally had twelve pigs as jurors. Your court case was essentially determined by who lured the pigs towards their desired verdict with the most speaking w bait food.

Today the amount you spend on legal services in much the same way amounts to bring jury bait by way of creating a bigger case in your favour. Justice it seems, is still determined by a system of bribes.
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development4 years ago
There are no winners in this stuff. King clearly had a case here, but they've made just as many bullshit claims and silliness wrt use of English words etc.

Just get on with it, you're making a shit ton of money regardless.
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