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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Brazilian Gaming Company Vostu Settles Lawsuit with Zynga

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

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It's been a tough fall for social-gaming company Zynga, what with plenty of bad press and an IPO valuation that came in at less than half of what some had expected.

But today's news cycle offers one piece of positive information: Zynga has apparently resolved its lawsuit against Brazilian gaming firm Vostu, which it had claimed stole game concepts.

Vostu settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount, and agreed to tweak some of its games. According to a joint statement released by the companies this morning:

Zynga and Vostu have settled the copyright lawsuits and counterclaims against each other in the United States and Brazil. As part of the settlement, Vostu made a monetary payment to Zynga and made some changes to four of its games. The parties are pleased to have settled their disputes and to now put these matters behind them.

It seems both companies can now get back to the more urgent business of trying to revive flagging consumer interest in inane, money-sucking games about farming, food, and pets.

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