area f2 sued by ubisoftPosted by Area F2LawsuitRainbow Six SiegeUbisoft May 16, 2020 in
Area F2 sued by Ubisoft!
Following a report from Bloomberg, this website has learned that earlier today, Ubisoft Entertainment SA sued Apple Inc and Google LLC for selling a duplicate of their famous game “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege,” or as gamers all know it – “R6S”.
According to Bloomberg, Ubisoft had this to say:
“‘Area F2,’ created by Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.’s Ejoy.com, is a ‘near carbon copy’ of Rainbow Six: Siege, and that can’t ‘seriously be disputed'”.
But wait, on the Google Play store, you will see Area F2’s developer listed as Quookka. So why aren’t they being included in the lawsuit? Well, Quookka Gaming is part of Ejoy.com, and Ejoy.com is currently owned by Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd.
So again why is Ubisoft going after Alibaba instead of Quooka or Ejoy? They must be feeling that Alibaba is a bigger fish and will make more of an impact. Meaning, if Ubisoft wins, it will discourage a lot more companies from making similar mistakes, and copies of games will decrease worldwide.
Okay, then why Google and Apple? In short, Ubisoft claims Apple and Google stores (Google Play and Apple App stores) are infringing on Ubisoft copyrights by allowing Area F2 to remain available for download.
More about the games:
Ubisoft released Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege as an online tactical shooter back in 2015. The game emphasizes environmental destruction and tight cooperation between players on both teams. The game itself centers around objectives as one team assaults the location of a defending team.
Similarly, Area F2 was released worldwide in late April 2020. Qookka’s game focuses on what is they call Close-Quarter Battle or Close-Quarter Combat gameplay. This means that fights take place between 30 meters all the way down to hand-to-hand combat. Area F2 also advertises terrain destruction and reinforcements. All doors windows, walls, and ceilings can be broken apart by bullets and grenades as well as reinforced to prevent enemy entrance. Andy Wong, Publish producer for Area F2 says, “We intended to make you feel as if you are on the front lines”.
MSL contacted the social media for Area F2 about the situation. We got to speak with one admin by the name of DiaBlo. He had this to say:
“I’d say we have nothing to worry about. The game is just using the concept of Close Quarter Combat (CQC). All the models and textures are made by the devs themselves so I feel like this topic might cool down in a few days and everything will be back to normal.”
So far, Ubisoft has received no comment from any of the lawsuit targets. The complaint was filed on Saturday, May 16th, 2020, in federal court in Los Angeles.