开发MobSters和World Series of Poker等社交游戏开发公司Playdom在此之后被迪士尼公司以7亿6300万美元的高价收购。
私人创办的社交游戏巨头公司Zynga吸引了包括Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers在内的众多投资者，目前据预计该公司的价值在50亿美元左右。
Social games maker Zynga Game Network Inc. said it had settled a lawsuit it filed against Walt Disney Co.’s Playdom unit, ending a year-long battle over trade secrets with one of its closest rivals.
Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed. “The settlement reflects the very serious nature of the conduct involved,” Zynga general counsel Reggie Davis said in a statement, without providing details. A Disney spokesperson declined to comment.
Zynga, known for games like “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars,” sued Playdom in September 2009, alleging that Playdom induced four former Zynga employees to steal trade secrets and use that information to help Playdom develop online social games to compete with Zynga’s games.
In particular, Zynga complained in the lawsuit that the employees took its “playbook,” a manual for developing successful and distinctive social games. In another allegation, Zynga claimed a former employee copied hundreds of files related to an unreleased Zynga game and took them with her when she joined Playdom.
Playdom, which makes “Mobsters” and “World Series of Poker,” was subsequently acquired by Disney for up to $763 million.
The settlement comes amid a boom in online social games, which are challenging traditional console videogames for popularity. Privately held Zynga has attracted outside investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and has an estimated value of more than $5 billion.
Zynga has 198.5 million monthly active users on social network Facebook Inc., while Playdom has 34.8 million, according to market research group AppData.
Earlier this year, court orders suggested the case was going against Playdom. In March, a Santa Clara Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting Playdom from using any of the material taken from Zynga. In August, the court sentenced a former Zynga employee to 10 days in country jail for destroying and withholding evidence. （Source：WSJ）