Apple and Google have been sued by Ubisoft Entertainment SA – a French video game developer and publisher, headquartered in Montreuil – for the presence on their respective stores of an alleged clone of "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six" produced by a company subsidiary of Alibaba.
Bloomberg reports that the lawsuit was filed on Friday May 15 in a federal court in Los Angeles. Ubisoft states that the game "Area F2" almost a photocopy of one of his games called "Rainbow Six: Siege", an element "unquestionably" imperceptible by observers. The clone of the game very faithful to the original, and not even minimal efforts would have been made to make it legally different from Ubisoft's.
"Virtually every aspect of AF2 copied from R6S," says Ubisoft in the complaint; from the operator selection screen, to the final screen with the scores, and anything else in between ".
Rainbow Six: Siege or R6S boasts 55 million registered players worldwide according to Ubisoft's alleged copyright infringement claim that more than 3 million people play this title every day. R6S is a title also loved by those who love e-Sports, played organized and professional competitive level, with professional teams competing for millions of dollars prizes.
"R6S among the most popular competitive multiplayer games in the world, and among those with the most important intellectual property rights for Ubisoft," said the French company, stating that every aspect of AF2 has been virtually copied from R6S. "
Spokespersons for Google and Apple have not yet released comments on the lawsuit filed by Ubisoft, and so are Alibaba's. "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege" is a "tactical" first person shooter whose aim is to eliminate enemies, assailants or defenders, mainly online. It does not have a story mode but small single player missions. considered the successor of the canceled "Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots" project, which was to be a more classic title, complete with a single player campaign mode.