EA, one of the most popular gaming companies ever allegedly stole one of the most classic games ever, Zuma.
Although EA is dominating the market with original games releasing here and there, it was not always reportedly the case. According to a story that was somewhat hidden by mainstream coverage (and also not reportedly confirmed by reliable sources), EA allegedly made a portion of its millions by stealing a game we all know called Zuma.
The story of how EA got a hold on the game Zuma
Mitchell Corp previously released PuzzLoop. Pop Cap reportedly makes Zuma, which is a clone of the original PuzzLoop. EA then buys Pop Cap and decides to make a sequel to the popular Zuma.
Basically Mitchell Corp came up with the original “Zuma” gameplay with his game called PuzzLoop. A reported company called Pop Cap created a game called Zuma which is an obvious clone of Mitchell Corp’s PuzzLoop.
EA, on the other hand, bought Pop Cap and decided to make a sequel to the said Zuma which was already known to have copied PuzzLoop. Mitchell Corp then tries to sue EA due to claims that the big gaming company stole their game. The lawsuit, however, goes nowhere and eventually puts Mitchell Corp out of business.
Mitchell Corp made a game called Pang that is very similar to Cannon Ball
Mitchell had also made another game called Pang, which was also very similar in comparison to another earlier game popularly known as Cannon Ball, which was made by another company. Although the specifications of Japanese law when it comes to copyright infringement aren’t too clear, under US law, the actual act of cloning a specific game is not really uncommon or even illegal.
Anyone is allowed to copy a particular game mechanic that is used in a certain game and use that mechanic to create their very own game. As long as the said code as well as art are original, clones are said to be 100% legal. As of today, games like Call of Duty or League of Legends have now just been an improvement of previous games.
This also is not really morally wrong since almost every game uses dynamics that were previously used in other games as well. Mitchell Corp reportedly does this as well when they used dynamics coming from Cannon Ball. The defense of Mitchell Corp was that he had never even heard of Cannon Ball before.
EA today is still popping out a few of the public’s favorite games
EA has been able to develop a number of blockbuster game franchises like Sims, FIFA, NBA, Command & Conquer, Red Alert, Need for Speed, and even more. The studio is still as popular today as it was back then and when talking about the gaming industry, it’s hard to do so without giving even just a quick mention of EA games.
When talking about Zuma, one can only think about the classic games that have been a part of their childhood. In order to relive this experience, getting a simple Nintendo classic mini family computer could be the answer. Of course, if getting the most retro games as possible is the priority, getting the GameAge Classic Family Game Consoles would be a better choice with up to 600 games in total.