Ubisoft sues Apple and Google for selling a ripoff of its popular video game “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege.” in Alibaba’s “Area F2”
The gaming wars begin. Game developer and publisher, Ubisoft Entertainment SA has sued Google and Apple for selling the ripoff of its popular gaming franchise Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege on their play stores.
Ubisoft accuses Google and Apple of selling the game “Area F2,” created by Ejoy.com. It claimed that “Area F2” is a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six: Siege, and that can’t be “seriously be disputed,” in a complaint filed on Friday in federal court in Los Angeles. Ejoy.com is owned by China’s Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. and has listed Area F2 on Google Play and Apple Store.
Rainbow Six: Siege is the top game from the house of Ubisoft and has 55 million registered players around the world. It is played by more than 3 million people every day, Ubisoft has stated in the lawsuit. Ubisoft also claims damages for losing revenue from competitive “esport” contests where professional and semi-professional teams competing for millions of dollars in prizes.
“Rainbow Six: Seige 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. The game is based on Clancy’s novel about a counter-terrorism unit and Ubisoft’s competitors are constantly looking for ways to piggyback on R6S’s popularity and to capture the attention, and money, of R6S players.
Ubisoft claimed in the lawsuit that it had notified Apple and Google about the ripoff and infringing its copyright by Area F2 but both the companies refused to remove Area F2 from their respective play stores.
Alibaba acquired Ejoy in 2017 to increase its presence in online and mobile gaming. Ejoy started promoting Area F2 in the U.S. late last year through YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The game became available to the public for download on mobile phones and tablets last month, according to the complaint.
Representatives of Google had no immediate comment on the lawsuit. Alibaba and Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, made after regular business hours.