King’s lawsuit against developer 6waves over cloning allegations is set to proceed in a US court.
The dispute centres around 6waves-developed titles Farm Epic and Treausre Epic, which King alleges violates the copyright of its own titles Farm Heroes Saga and Pet Rescue Saga.
Documents obtained by Develop show the Hong Kong-based developer had attempted to take the court battle to Beijing by filing for dismissal on November 1st, arguing it would be more appropriate for the case.
A US district court judge refused the request however as "the public interest factors weigh against dismissal".
The case will now be heard in San Francisco.
As well as trying to move the case to Beijing, 6waves has previously vehemently denied the allegations from King and argued such popular game concepts as those used by King "cannot be copyrighted".
“Puzzle solving games and themes like farming and jewels are not unique and have been created by many other companies. Such popular gameplay and themes cannot be copyrighted.”
King CEO Riccardo Zacconi said however that 6waves "went well beyond simply using King’s ideas for inspiration; they copied the original and creative expression that our employees worked very hard to develop".
You can see images from King’s previous court filing, as reported by Venturebeat, showing the four games side-by-side below.
This is not the first time however 6waves has been the centre of a game cloning dispute. Spry Fox previously called called Yeti Town a “blatant copy” of its own game, Triple Town.
The matter was eventually settled out of court, with Spry Fox awarded the ownership of the Yeti Town IP.