Rainbow Six 'copy' lands Apple and Google in copyright court

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Rainbow Six 'copy' lands Apple and Google in copyright courtroom

  • 18 Might 2020
A grid layout shows several very similar thumbnail images of different game assets Picture copyright Ubisoft
Image caption Ubisoft's legal professionals submitted a variety of comparisons they are saying exhibits copyright infringement

Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google over a Chinese language cellular recreation it says is "a near carbon copy" of one among its most popular video games, Rainbow Six: Siege.

Space F2 is "designed to intently replicate... nearly each facet" of the game, it alleges, in a 43-page doc, full with screenshots.

It's also suing the developer, Ejoy, owned by Chinese language tech big Alibaba.

Characters, recreation modes, recreation maps, animations, and even the consumer interface have been copied, the document alleges.

"Nearly every facet of AF2 is copied from R6S, from the operator choice display to the ultimate scoring display and the whole lot in between," Ubisoft claims.

"In truth, the games are so comparable that an bizarre observer viewing and enjoying both video games probably can be unable to differentiate between them."

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Ubisoft estimates Space F2 has been downloaded more than one million occasions and made "tens of hundreds of dollars" on in-game purchases.

It says it has raised the difficulty with each Apple and Google, which each take a reduce of gross sales on their respective app shops.

"But somewhat than take any measures to stop or curtail the infringement… Google and Apple as an alternative decided that it might be more worthwhile to collect their income share from AF2 and proceed their illegal distribution," Ubisoft says in its courtroom filing.

Its submissions to the courtroom also say Rainbow Six: Siege, released in 2015, is "among Ubisoft's most useful recreation properties", with three million gamers each day.

The sport franchise is predicated on a Tom Clancy novel of the same identify.

Ubisoft is in search of a jury trial over the alleged copyright infringement, within the Central District Courtroom of California.

Apple declined to comment on the case.

Google and the app developer did not instantly return requests for comment.