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EA and Zynga reach settlement in The Ville copyright infringement lawsuit

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Electronic Arts and Zynga have reached a settlement in their dueling copyright infringement lawsuits regarding EA's The Sims Social and Zynga's The Ville.

"EA and Zynga have resolved their respective claims and have reached a settlement of their litigation in the Northern District of California," said Zynga and EA in statements sent separately to Polygon.

Details on the settlement, which is said to be pending approval by the court, are not available at this time.

EA filed a lawsuit in August 2012 alleging that Zynga poached EA executives and used their knowledge of The Sims Social, a Facebook title in the long-running Sims franchise, to create a veritable clone that Zynga released on Facebook as The Ville.

Zynga counter-sued in September, accusing EA CEO John Riccitiello of pressuring his company's legal team into preventing EA employees from leaving the company to join Zynga, after Zynga rejected Riccitiello's offer of a "no-hire" pact between the two companies.