Brazilian social gaming company Vostu has filed a countersuit against Zynga. Zynga’s initial suit claimed that Vostu copied game designs from Zynga, and Vostu’s new suit says other gaming companies have layouts similar to Zynga’s as well?and some of them came out with their games prior to Zynga’s versions. The New York Times explains how the new suit claims that Zynga can’t claim copyright on everyday items in their games, such as barns or farms.
The suit is filed in US District Court in the Northern District of California. Vostu is making claims on behalf of other companies, such as asserting that Zynga stole its “Cafe World” design from Playfish’s game “Restaurant City.” The suit is based on Vostu’s claim that the games aren’t necessarily copies of each other, but rather based on real life situations.
Zynga is in a prominent partnership with Facebook, while Vostu is associated with Google-owned social network Orkut.