Zynga Inc. (ZNGA: Quote) countered a copyright-infringement lawsuit from Electronic Arts Inc. (EA: Quote) with its own allegations that EA sought a potentially illegal agreement to avoid poaching each others' employees.
Earlier, EA filed a law suit against Zynga alleging that the online social games developer had infringed copyrights protecting EA's "The Sims Social" game with Zynga's "The Ville."
Zynga denied those allegations in a filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Meanwhile, Zynga asserted that EA's frustrations started from the thousands of resumes sent to Zynga from EA employees and by Zynga's hiring of a number of those EA employees, including some of its top management executives.
EA spokesman John Reseburg denied Zynga's claims, calling attention to a number of top executives who have quit Zynga in recent months, including Karp and Schappert.
John Reseburg said in a statement, "This is a predictable subterfuge aimed at diverting attention from Zynga's persistent plagiarism of other artists and studios.Zynga would be better served trying to hold onto the shrinking number of employees they've got, rather than suing to acquire more."
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by RTT Staff Writer
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