Ubisoft Suing Apple & Google For Selling Siege Clone
Posted May 18, 2020 by DarthHazard
Ubisoft is suing both Apple and Google for allowing a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six Siege to be sold on their iOS and Android app stores.
The lawsuit, which was filed on the 15th of May in Los Angeles, California, claims that the mobile game Area F2 which is available for both iOS and Android devices infringes upon the copyright of Siege. It seems that the two companies have had previous discussions because Ubisoft also claims that the company responsible for Area F2 is refusing to remove the game from the Apple Store and Google Play Store.
Area F2 is still available on both platforms. The game is developed by Chinese developer Ejoy, who is owned by Alibaba. It’s not surprising to see claims of copyright infringement especially with many Chinese companies creating somewhat near clones of popular products and services from other countries due to the countries lax copyright laws.
“R6S is among the most popular competitive multiplayer games in the world, and is among Ubisoft’s most valuable intellectual properties. Virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from R6S, from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen, and everything in between.” ~ Ubisoft via Bloomberg
Ubisoft will be hoping that this case closes in their favour quickly especially as they state that Rainbow Six Siege has over 55 million registered players around the globe, with more than 3 million playing the popular tactical shooter every day. The publisher added, “Ubisoft's competitors are constantly looking for ways to piggyback on R6S' popularity and to capture the attention, and money, of R6S players.”
Have you tried Area F2? And do you think Ubisoft is right in trying to shut down the game? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.