Zynga settles with employee over alleged theft of game secrets

The employee, Alan Patmore, was alleged to have uploaded over 760 Zynga files to a Dropbox folder

Zynga said it had settled a lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets by a former employee, with the employee also issuing an apology.

The games company filed a complaint in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco, in October last year, alleging that Alan Patmore, formerly general manager for its CityVille game, misappropriated trade secrets from Zynga before joining competitor Kixeye.

Before his departure from Zynga, Patmore is said to have copied over 760 Zynga files into a folder on his computer that he later transferred to a folder on his personal Dropbox cloud storage account, according to Zynga's complaint.

The data included, among other things, more than ten unreleased game design documents, information on the proprietary methods Zynga uses to identify which games and game mechanics will be successful, and an internal assessment of the relative success of new game features introduced over the last quarter by CityVille, according to the complaint.

The data Patmore took from Zynga "could be used to improve a competitor's internal understanding and know-how of core game mechanics and monetization techniques, its execution and ultimately its market standing," Zynga said in its complaint.

"I accept responsibility for making a serious mistake by copying and taking Zynga confidential information when I resigned from Zynga," said Patmore in a statement provided by Zynga on Wednesday. "I understand the consequences of my actions and I sincerely apologize to Zynga and my former colleagues," the statement continued.

Zynga and Kixeye also reached a "mutually agreeable settlement" of their litigation involving Patmore in the court. The lawyers for Patmore could not be immediately contacted. The court has meanwhile entered a request for dismissal of the case by Zynga, after receiving a notice from Zynga of unconditional settlement.

The commercial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Zynga had asked the court for damages and injunctive relief, preventing Patmore and others from retaining, accessing and disclosing any of its data.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags legalgamesgame softwareZyngaGame platforms

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?