King vs. 6Waves lawsuit will go ahead in San Francisco
Last summer, mobile behemoth King filed a lawsuit against developer 6Waves, alleging that the company has blatantly copied two of its titles. That case will now go ahead, following a new ruling from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
King previously suggested that two games from 6Waves, Treasure Epic
and Farm Epic
, infringed on King's own similar titles. You can take a look at the visual comparisons here
6Waves had originally requested that jurisdiction of the suit be submitted in Beijing, China, rather than the U.S. King argued that 6waves was making this move for various reasons, including the suggestions that it's more likely the case would be thrown out in China, and also because damages would be reduced through a Chinese ruling.
While the U.S. court found that the Chinese judical system was "an adequate alternative forum" for the lawsuit, it ruled that numerous factors weighed 6Waves' dismissal of the case, and therefore 6Waves' motion was denied.
In a ruling on March 31 as sent to Gamasutra, District Judge Maxine M. Chesney said that the lawsuit will now go ahead as originally planned in San Francisco at a later date.
This isn't the first time that 6Waves has found itself in a spot of bother with other mobile developers. Back in 2012, Triple Town
studio Spry Fox sued the company
, claiming it had copied its game for Yeti Town