Ubisoft has sued Apple and Google over Area F2, a mobile game Ubisoft says is a ripoff of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. Area F2 is created by Alibaba Group Holdings’ Ejoy.com. According to Bloomberg’s report, Ubisoft filed a complaint in federal court in Los Angeles, saying that Area F2 is a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six: Siege, that can’t be “seriously be disputed”.
Rainbow Six: Siege has 55 million registered players around the world, according to Ubisoft’s copyright infringement lawsuit. The game is played by more than 3 million people everyday, besides also played as a competitive esport with both professional and semi-professional teams competing for millions of dollars in prizes.
“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.”Ubisoft
Google representatives did not provide immediate comment on the lawsuit, neither did Alibaba or Apple. Ubisoft has said it has already notified both Apple and Google regarding the copyright infringement, but both companies have refused to remove the game from their respective stores.
For the curious, you can check out Area F2‘s official website here.