Bloomberg reports that the publisher has sued Apple and Google for selling Area F2, a game it claims is a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six: Siege meant to “piggyback” on Ubisoft’s success.
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The mobile title from Alibaba’s Ejoy and Quokka Games allegedly borrows “virtually every aspect” of Ubisoft’s character-driven team shooter, right down to the interface layout. Drones, destructible walls and rappelling down walls are also staples of both games.
Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google based on their support of a supposed Rainbow Six “rip-off.” In a recent report published by Bloomberg, details about Ubisoft’s decision to sue internet titans Apple and Google were further expanded upon.
Ubisoft said it had alerted Apple and Google to the reported copyright violations, but that both had so far declined to pull Area F2 from their respective app stores, We’ve asked Apple and Google for comment.
While Ubisoft didn’t elaborate on why it was suing the app store operators and not Area F2’s developer, it may come down to region. Ejoy is located in China, making a foreign copyright challenge more difficult. A successful lawsuit forcing Apple and Google to take down Area F2 would deprive the game’s creator of at least some revenue, even if it could still sell through third-party stores.
“Ubisoft’s competitors are constantly looking for ways to piggyback on Rainbow Six: Siege’s popularity and to capture the attention, and money, of Rainbow Six players,” it added. Bloomberg confirmed that despite being notified of copyright infringement, Apple and Google have both refused to remove Area F2 from their respective app stores.
In related news, it appears that Ubisoft could be looking into acquiring more studios. Ubisoft has also announced its intentions to host its own digital event in July in order to make up for the cancellation of E3. It’s possible we could get our first look at the unannounced triple-A title from one of Ubisoft’s biggest franchises here, which is supposedly already in development and expected to launch this year.