According to reports, Apple and Google have been charged by Ubisoft, a game publisher, for selling a clone game of the game produced by a subsidiary of Alibaba, ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six’.
In a lawsuit that was filed against the two giants on Friday in Los Angeles Federal court, Ubisoft claimed the game ‘Area F2’ is an almost identical copy of its own game.
According to the reports, the supposedly cloned game has kept everything close to their original game and didn’t make much effort to keep it legally different to certain extents.
Ubisoft alleged in the lawsuit that ‘virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from R6S’ and ‘from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen, and everything in between’.
As a reminder, the Rainbow Six: Siege is a close-quarters battle game and a first-person shooter where a team of players have the option to either storm a location and eliminate their enemies or take a defensive stance and defend themselves from the opponent team’s storming attempt in their area.
The lawsuit also includes, ‘Ubisoft’s competitors are constantly looking for ways to piggyback on R6S’s popularity and to capture the attention, and money, of R6S players’.
Rainbow Six: Siege’ is no small game for Ubisoft. It harbours 55 million registered players around the world and more than 3 million daily active players.
That’s not all, this game is also played in esports competitions, where professional seasoned players and their teams take each other on in tournaments to win huge cash prizes worth millions of dollars.
Area F2 is developed by Qookka Games, a trading name of developer Ejoy, which was later acquired by Alibaba in 2017. Ubisoft instead of going after Alibaba or Ejoy the producer, instead is going after Apple and Google.
Words on the street revealed that by going after Google and Apple, Ubisoft is attempting to put to an end of the sale of the clone game and it potentially overtaking their own in some form or way, becoming pain in the ass to Ubisoft.
You know..gamers tend to jump to new games out of curiosity and this might threaten Ubisoft’s original and well-established game. Neither did Google or Apple have made a comment yet. But we’ll keep you posted.