For every popular game out on the market, there is always an equally popular copied-version of the game that ends up getting any legal action by the publisher. But have you ever heard of a publisher suing the platform hosting the offending title? Well, this is exactly what Ubisoft has done to Apple and Google in the case of Alibaba’s Rainbow Six: Siege clone.
According to the latest report from Bloomberg, Ubisoft has sued Google and Apple for hosting Alibaba’s ‘Area F2’ which is claimed to be a near-identical clone of Rainbox Six: Siege.
For those who don’t know, Area F2 is a game published by Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd’s Ejoy.com which was released in the U.S. late last month. Ubisoft claimed that the game is a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six: Siege and that can’t “seriously be disputed.” R6S has over 55 million registered players around the world, according to Ubisoft’s copyright infringement lawsuit and it’s played by over 3 million people each day.
In a statement regarding the matter, Ubisoft said, “R6S is among the most popular competitive multiplayer games in the world, and is among Ubisoft’s most valuable intellectual properties…Virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from R6S, from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen, and everything in between.”
Due to this copied-version of the game, Ubisoft had previously notified Apple and Google that Area F2 is infringing its copyrights. However, tech giants didn’t take any action against that and didn’t remove it from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. And so, Ubisoft has taken a different way to tackle this situation by suing both Apple and Google, accusing the companies of selling a ripoff of R6S on their respective platforms.
As of now, none of the platforms including Google and Apple replied to any of the comments on this issue. Well, we expect to see any action or comment from both of the tech giants soon.
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