Zynga has settled its trademark infringement lawsuit against another developer that attempted to add a "Ville" suffix to its game titles, this time French studio Kobojo, maker of PyramidVille
The social game giant has made it a point to sue a number of companies (e.g. Dungeonville
developer Night Owl Games) in an effort to protect the "Ville" branding that Zynga uses across many of its popular titles like CityVille
, which make up some of the biggest games on Facebook.
Zynga filed its lawsuit against Kobojo
in May, 15 months after PyramidVille
originally released on Facebook (it also released a title called PyramidVille Adventures
for mobile). It originally sought damages equaling three times the profits Kobojo has received from the series.
But as a representative for Kobojo tells Gamasutra, "Although the terms of the parties' settlement are confidential, the parties can confirm that neither party made any payment as part of the settlement."
Kobojo, however, has recently changed the name of PyramidVille
, and PyramidVille Adventures
to PyramidValley Adventures
. The Facebook game's popularity has declined quite a bit over the months, dropping from its peak of nearly 3 million monthly active users to now 430,000