Legal Disputes

Zynga and Vostu Kiss and Make Up

Zynga has been involved in an ongoing legal battle with Vostu, the king of social gaming in Brazil, which also has a big office here in New York. Zynga sued Vostu for copying it games, to which Vostu responded that Zynga had made its entire business off of copying people’s games. Touché.

With Zynga gearing up for an IPO, it was probably in everyone’s interest to get this settled and keep any doubts from investors minds. The company’s sent Betabeat a joint statement, “Zynga and Vostu have settled the copyright lawsuits and counterclaims against each other  in the United States and Brazil.  As part of the settlement, Vostu made a monetary payment to Zynga and made some changes to four of its games. The parties are pleased to have settled their disputes and to now put these matters behind them.” Read More

Pot Calling the Kettle

Zynga Sues Vostu for Copying its Rip-offs

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From the department of glass houses and stones, social gaming giant Zynga is suing Vostu, the biggest social gaming company in Brazil.

Vostu was co-founded by Josh Kushner, one of New York’s most active angel investors, and, full disclosure, a backer of Betabeat.

Zynga writes that Vostu has copied, “all of our key product features, product strategy, branding, mission statement and employee benefits lock, stock and barrel.” Read More