FarmVille maker Zynga has been hit with a lawsuit accusing it of using stolen source code to propel its rise to the top of the social gaming world.
SocialApps, developer of myFarm, the first social network game to let players create, harvest and sell or trade virtual farming goods, claims Zynga used its source code as the basis to generate Facebook hits including FarmVille, FrontierVille, CityVille and FishVille, Patent Arcade reports.
In its complaint, SocialApps claims Zynga entered into an agreement to acquire the intellectual rights and source code to myFarm in May 2009. Zynga allegedly cajoled SocialApps into sharing its source code with promises of compensation and recognition, but then bolted off to use it without completing the deal.
SocialApps is suing Zynga for alleged copyright infringement, violation of trade secrets, breach of written contract, breach of implied-in-fact contract and breach of confidence. It's seeking Zynga's profits and gains from FarmVille, a permanent injunction, statutory and punitive damages plus attorney's fees.