You might have played Mafia Wars on Google Plus games or FarmVille on Facebook, which is developed by a company called Zynga. A games company is accusing Zynga of infringing its patents and asking that it shut down its most popular games for the social networks, including FarmVille and Mafia Wars.
|Zynga sued by Agincourt Gaming for patent infringement|
In a complaint filed on 17 August in U.S. District Court in Delaware, Agincourt Gaming, which has a Facebook game called Pantheon, claims Zynga infringed two of its patents dating back to 1996 that relate to redeeming virtual prizes in games.
- Agincourt Gaming is seeking damages and asking that Zynga shut down 12 games that it says infringe its patents.
- Zynga filed for an initial public offering of up to $1 billion on July 1.
- Zynga is currently in a legal battle with Vostu, a Brazilian games maker. In June, it sued the Brazilian company for allegedly copying its games.