Ubisoft Sues Google And Apple Over Rainbow Six Siege Clone [Update]

Area F2
Area F2
Image: Alibaba

Ubisoft isn’t happy about Area F2, a free-to-play shooter on the Google Play and Apple App Store that appears to be a clone of their successful game, Rainbow Six Siege. Ubisoft is now suing to remove the game from the popular mobile app marketplaces.

Bloomberg reports that in a complaint filed in a federal court in Los Angeles on Friday, Ubisoft called Area F2 “a near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six Siege. Ubisoft claims that “Virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from [Rainbow Six Siege], from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen, and everything in between.”

Ubisoft says they reached out to both Apple and Google about the game and their concerns, but the companies refused to remove the game. We contacted Google, Apple, and Ubisoft for comment.


Update: 10:15 am ET May 17: 

Ubisoft sent Kotaku this comment about the lawsuit.

“Ubisoft and our teams have poured years of talent, creativity and resources into making Rainbow Six Siege the success that it is today. While we are not able to comment on pending litigation, we can confirm that Ubisoft is committed to protecting its intellectual property.”

Area F2 was created by Ejoy.com, a company that is owned by Chinese multinational technology company Alibaba. Looking at screenshots of the Ejoy.com created Area F2, it isn’t hard to spot many, many similarities between it and R6 Siege.

Area F2
Area F2
Screenshot: Aliababa

Ubisoft explains in their complaint that R6 Siege is one of their most “valuable intellectual properties” and they believe Area F2 is built to “piggyback” on their popular game.

It might seem weird for Ubisoft to sue the store owners and not the actual developer and publisher of Area F2 but as Engadget speculates, it might have to do with where Alibaba and Ejoy.com are located. Suing for copyright infringement in China is challenging and it might be easier for Ubisoft to get the game removed from popular stores like Google Play, which would make it harder for Area F2 to find new players.


Update: 4:55 pm ET May 22:

After filing this lawsuit, Ejoy.com removed Area F2 from both app stores. Ubisoft confirmed to Kotaku that the complaint filed in federal court last week against Google, Apple, and Enjoy has now been dropped because of the game’s removal.


Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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Article isn’t clear - are they accusing the game of stealing assets / code? Or just being “too similar”, which is a much weaker case?