Wildly Successful Kim Kardashian Game Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit [UPDATE]
Glu Mobile says the lawsuit is "completely frivolous" and that they were "never contacted by, or even heard of, the plaintiff..."
[UPDATE] A Glu representative told GameSpot, "Glu views this complaint as completely frivolous. We were never contacted by, or even heard of, the plaintiff before they filed this complaint. Glu independently created Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and we will defend ourselves vigorously in this matter."
The original story is below.
A lawsuit has been brought forth against Glu Mobile and Kris Jenner over Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the popular--and lucrative--mobile game based on the reality TV star.
The Associated Press reports that Just Games Interactive Entertainment filed its lawsuit against Glu Mobile this week in Los Angeles federal court. The company claims it developed a "detailed pitch" for a Kardashian-themed game and presented it to a representative for Jenner.
As the AP explains, Jenner, Kardashian's mother, is also her manager.
Specifically, Just Games' lawsuit asserts that a number of the elements of its proposal were included in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood upon its release in June 2014, and that Just Games was not compensated for this. As such, the company is seeking more than $10 million in damages.
GameSpot was unable to reach Glu Mobile at press time. In addition, representatives for Jenner did not respond to the AP's requests for comment. We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is free, with its revenue instead coming from in-app purchases for things like clothing or a "burst of energy" for making your way through Hollywood. These in-app purchase range from a few dollars for a necklace to $40 for an XL Star Pack. According to one analyst, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood's microtransactions could have generated $200 million in 2014.
In the game, you create your own character and live the life of a celebrity. You can walk the red carpet, visit clubs, and buy luxury homes. The game even lets you date and dump celebrities in an effort to "become the next huge celebrity power-couple." Kardashian is married in real life to rapper Kanye West, who recently shared his thoughts about microtransactions in children's games.
"F** any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games!!!" he said.
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