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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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