Outsourcing firm Glass Egg sues Gameloft for alleged copyright infringement in Asphalt series

Outsourcing firm Glass Egg sues Gameloft for alleged copyright infringement in Asphalt series

Gameloft is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Vietnam-based outsourcing firm Glass Egg over the use of certain assets in its Asphalt series.

Glass Egg initially filed a lawsuit against Gameloft back in July 2017 seeking damages for copyright infringement, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets.

The issue arose from Gameloft outsourcing the production of 3D car model assets for its Asphalt series to Alive Interactive and Hung Thinh 3D. These companies then allegedly hired Glass Egg employees to produce the assets, without the company's knowledge.

Glass Egg claims that these employees then used the company's resources and equipment to create the assets. These were then said to have been passed back to Alive and Hung Thinh 3D and delivered to Gameloft, which then used the assets in its games.

No end in sight

The outsourcing firm filed a lawsuit in California suing Vivendi, Gameloft, Gameloft USA and Gameloft Iberica. Gameloft USA had attempted to have the case dismissed on the grounds that it has been "lumped in" with other subsidiaries, but this has been denied.

The Asphalt series continues to generate good revenues for Gameloft, with Asphalt 8: Airborne noted as one of the developer's key performers in 2017. It is currently running an event in the game starring emo band Fall Out Boy.

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