Zynga wins trial against IGT over its slot machine games

October 23, 2023
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IGT had accused the company's slot-machine games of infringing patent.

The interactive entertainment developer, Zynga, has won a case in a jury trial, convincing them that its slot-machine games do not infringe a mobile patent owned by International Game Technology (IGT).

The trial took place across a five-day period in Austin, Texas.

The accusation against Zynga was that it had violated IGT’s patent rights in technology, which allows mobile games to continue operating through interruptions in communications. However, the jury determined that the patent for overcoming network interruptions was in fact invalid.

A spokesperson from Zynga, Alan Lewis, explained that the company was “pleased that the jury came to the right conclusion,” and called the allegations against the company “entirely without merit.”

Back in 2021, IGT had sued Zynga, alleging that some of its branded mobile slot-machine game titles, including ‘Hit It Rich, ‘Black Diamond Casino’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ had infringed the patented technology which it had developed for its portfolio of remote casino games.

In January, the court had IGT’s allegations over three related patents split off into a separate case, which has been paused during appeals of a US Patent Office tribunals decisions to declare them invalid.

Just under two weeks ago, IGT announced an extension to its partnership with California Lottery, to provide its new cloud-based technology.

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