Electronic Arts Inc. has sued online game maker Zynga, saying that its new game "The Ville" infringes EA's game "The Sims Social."
EA said Friday that "The Ville" is "unmistakable" in its similarity to "The Sims Social," which launched more than a year earlier. EA says the games are "largely indistinguishable" to a casual observer.
"The similarities go well beyond any superficial resemblance. Zynga's design choices, animations, visual arrangements and character motions and actions have been directly lifted from The Sims Social," Lucy Bradshaw, general manager of EA's Maxis Label, which developed the game, said in a blog post Friday.