Supercell is a Finnish company famous for its mobile games like Clash of Clans and Clash Royale. Earlier in a legal dispute, they are to pay $92.2 million in damages to Japanese company Gree.
A federal jury held in Marshall, Texas last Friday where Supercell was accused on infringing on multiple patents by Gree. There has been also another jury held past September where Gree won $8.5 million and there will be another jury scheduled in late 2021.
The mega-corporation has been found guilty of infringing 6 patents filed by Gree. Supercell has earned over $3 billion using these patented features from Gree. Gree is the pioneer and founder of the “gacha” type games which employ a free entryway to their games but have a lot of “pay to win” features embedded into the game.
The accusations were all denied by Supercell stating that they have made no use of such patented technologies. But this argument was totally rejected by the jury and this denial could also further raise the award in favor of Gree.
“Supercell respects the jury system, but is of course disappointed in the verdict,” the company said in a statement. “Supercell plans to appeal.”
The majority of shares of Supercell were acquired by Tencent in 2016 for $8.6 billion back in 2016. Back then titles like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Hay day were extremely popular with only the first game averaging over 100 million players daily.
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Even though it is a major setback and $92.2 million might sound like a huge amount, this is but a paltry sum to the Giant Mother corporation Tencent who earned over $73 billion in revenue from 2020 alone.