Ubisoft sues Apple and Google over copy of Rainbow Six: Siege
Ubisoft has filed a complaint against Apple and Google. The two American giants indeed authorize a game called Area F2 very similar to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege on their respective stores, the App Store and the Play Store.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege is a benchmark in the field of competitive multiplayer FPS . Developed by Ubisoft and released in 2015, the game is still enjoying excellent popularity with a peak of 122,190 players connected simultaneously on Steam today worldwide. According to Ubisoft, there are a total of 55 million players, including 3 million who play it daily via the various hardware and software platforms (Epic Games, Steam, PS4, Xbox One, etc.).
Despite the years that begin to accumulate, Rainbow Six: Siege (also called R6S ) does not age and continues to regularly offer new content as well as eSports tournaments . So it’s not surprising that other unscrupulous developers try to copy it to achieve similar success. The Rainbow Six: Siege clones are numerous , and yet there is only one in the line of sight of Ubisoft at the moment.
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Area F2 plagiarism Rainbow Six: Siege on several aspects
As Bloomberg reported , ” Ubisoft Entertainment SA is suing Apple Inc. and Google LLC, accusing the companies of selling plagiarism from its popular video game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege .” The plagiarism in question is none other than Area F2 . It is a free mobile shooter available on the App Store and the Play Store . This is developed by Ejoy, a subsidiary of the Chinese group Alibaba.
The French studio therefore filed a complaint this Friday at the federal court in Los Angeles. He said that Area F2 is ” practically a carbon copy of Rainbow Six: Siege and that this cannot be seriously disputed “. Indeed, Area F2 would copy many elements of the R6S interface including the scoreboard and the operator selection menu.
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The Chinese game also benefits from the fact that it is available on iOS and Android. It somehow fills the absence of Ubisoft’s game which is only on PS4, Xbox One and PC. This is exactly what some users think, as we can read in an evaluation of Area F2 : ” This game is similar to my favorite PS4 game and I love being able to have it on my phone!” ”
In addition, Ubisoft had warned the two American giants before taking them to court. He had informed them that the game was in violation of copyright . The French studio had nevertheless been completely ignored by Apple and Google. They have still not responded to the complaint. According to the developer, ” Ubisoft’s competitors are constantly looking for ways to take advantage of the popularity of R6S and capture the attention and money of R6S players .” Area F2 just came out last month. We will therefore see if Ubisoft wins. If so, the game will be removed from Apple and Google stores.