p2pnet view Games:- Zynga, the loathsome outfit behind the mindless, highly addictive games such as Farmville on Fa$ebook, itself reportedly soon to be partnered by a reputed Russian mobster, is one of the companies being sued over a gaming patent.
“Stamford-based Walker Digital, an invention firm and parent of discount airfare site Priceline.com, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Zynga and Activision Blizzard over a gaming patent for distributed electronic tournaments”, says Gamasutra, gong on:
“The claim centers on a U.S. patent for a ‘database driven online distributed tournament system’ that was issued to Walker Digital in 2002″, says the story, going on:
“The lawsuit alleges that Activision Inc., Activision Publishing, Activision Blizzard, Blizzard Entertainment, and Zynga have released a total of 24 products infringing on that patent, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War, Blur, Wolfenstein, DJ Hero 2, Golden Eye 007, World of Warcraft and its expansions, Mafia Wars, and many others.”
Walker Digital now wants compensation for damages from Zynga and Activision’s alleged infringements, says the post, adding:
“This complaint follows just a month after Walker Digital filed a suit against Facebook, in which it accused the site of infringing its patent on a system for users to manage and restrict the release of information about themselves or their identities to friends and strangers.”
highly addictive – Facebook user sues Zynga, October 20, 2010
reputed Russian mobster – Facebook, Goldman, Sucks, January 5, 2011
Gamasutra – Walker Digital Suing Zynga, Activision Blizzard Over Gaming Tournament Patent, January 5, 2011
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