It did not take long Ubisoft to win the battle against F2 Area, the mobile title developed by Ejoy and Qookka Alibaba Games accused of being a copy of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege, a tactical shooter that will also arrive on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
The game was available for free for iOS and Android devices, and Ubisoft decided to retaliate not against the developers, but against Google and Apple who hosted the title on their platforms, suing both giants for not having curbed a copyright infringement. The complaint was filed last Friday in the federal court of Los Angeles, and the consequences were not long in coming: after a few days Area F2 was removed from the App Store and Play Store.
The release released in this regard by the development team also specifies that all users who have carried out micro-transactions will be able to request a full refund . So an event that could not remain isolated, and constitutes an important precedent, quickly closes: the mobile market is in fact full of titles that walk on the fine line of copyright, some with more caution, others with triple trinkets. We will see if it will be a unique case, or if instead Ubisoft’s move will give rise to a series of claims.
Ubisoft is suing Apple and Google over the distribution of Area F2, a mobile game from Ejoy.
Ubisoft says the game is a “near carbon copy” or Rainbow Six Siege. Ejoy is a gaming subsidiary under Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce / tech firm.
Here is a comparison of the two: pic.twitter.com/1Sgxky1gB4
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) May 16, 2020
Well. I guess that’s how this all ends then.
That being said, Area F2 was fairly impressive overall and continues to show there is growing opportunity for core game experiences to work on mobile just like Fortnite / COD Mobile etc… https://t.co/KWuy8KvtLJ pic.twitter.com/UEbiDlLUyi
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) May 20, 2020