KEY POINTS

  • Ubisoft is suing Google and Apple for allegedly offering a rip-off of "Rainbow Six: Siege"
  • The complaint said "Area F2" is a "near carbon copy" of "Rainbow Six: Siege"
  • "Area F2" also copied "virtually every aspect" of Ubisoft's prized first-person shooter

Ubisoft Entertainment SA is suing search engine giant Google and Apple for offering an alleged "ripoff" of their smash-hit online tactical shooter, “Rainbow Six:Siege.”

In a complaint filed by the Montreal-based video game company in a Los Angeles federal court Friday, Ubisoft is claiming that “Area F2” is a “near carbon copy” of “Rainbow Six: Siege” and that it can't be “seriously disputed,” said Bloomberg.

The complaint further stated that “Area F2” copied “virtually every aspect” of “R6S” from the operator selection screen down to the final scoring screen and “everything in between.”

'Rainbow Six Siege' 'Rainbow Six Siege' will stay focused on free DLC instead of sequels, Ubisoft said this week. The game is getting and retaining new players in record numbers despite releasing in 2015. 'Rainbow Six Siege' is available now on Xbox One, PC and PS4. Photo: Ubisoft

“Ubisoft's competitors are constantly looking for ways to piggyback on RS6's popularity and to capture the attention, and money, of R6S players,” it added.

Created by Ejoy.com, “Area F2” is being described as the first Close-Quarters Battle First-Person Shooter (CQB FPS) on mobile where players trade bullets over “ultra-realistic environments as attacker or defender.” The game features 20 plus Agents, with each having unique, exclusive gadgets from machine guns, explosive crossbow bolts to trip mines.

The game has been downloaded over 5 million times on Google Play. While it mostly caters to fans of other FPS games like “Rules of Survival,” “PUBG Mobile” and “Call of Duty: Mobile,” “Area F2” comes with a fresh take on the genre, complete with destructible surroundings, the use of drones and multi-dimensional combat approaches.

“Rainbow Six: Siege” meanwhile continues to be Ubisoft's crowning glory ever since it was released for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015. The game gained praises from critics, especially because of its destructive environment, map design, teamwork and tactical play.

The game even got the taste of making it to the esports world. “Rainbow Six Pro League” was created by Ubisoft and ESL as a global tournament for Windows and Xbox One players in 2016.

Its Six Invitational in 2018 amassed 321,000 viewers on Twitch, while this year's tournament recorded the highest prize pool in all of “Rainbow Six” with $3,000,000 split among 16 teams. North America's Spacestation Gaming came up as the victor and took home a whopping $1,000,000.

Google has yet to comment on the lawsuit, while Ejoy owner Alibaba and Apple didn't immediately respond to comments. The game is still available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, said IGN.