While artists may appreciate it when their paintings are being copied because it certifies their roles as great painters, the same cannot be said about game publishers. Ubisoft, the biggest European game publisher, is now suing Apple Inc and Google LLC for copyright infringement. The game that is being copied is none other than the highly popular Rainbow: Six Siege.
Ubisoft Sues Apple Inc. and Google LLC
If you are familiar with the mobile gaming industry, then you probably know already that there are hundreds, if not thousands of titles that are basically ripping off PC and consoles games. This is exactly what happened to Ubisoft’s Rainbow: Six Siege and why the game publisher is suing Apple Inc. and Google LLC.
A new mobile game called Area F2 was listed on both the Google Play Store and App Store. The mobile game is developed by Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.’s subsidiary Ejoy. Ubisoft stated in the lawsuit that Area F2 is basically a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow: Six Siege and that it wants the game to be taken off Apple and Google’s stores.
Mobile Game Copies Rainbow: Six Siege
“[Rainbow Six: Siege] is among the most popular competitive multiplayer games in the world, and is among Ubisoft’s most valuable intellectual properties,” said the company in a recent statement. “Virtually every aspect of [Arena F2] is copied from R6S, from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen, and everything in between,” stated Ubisoft.
Despite all the media attention that the lawsuit is getting, neither Apple nor Google have yet to release any official statements. We believe that the two tech giants are currently doing their research on Arena F2 and once they conclude that Ubisoft is right, they will take the game down. After all, this is copyright infringement and Ubisoft can force Apple and Google to take down Arena F2.