Game Makers Settle Suit Over ‘Kill Shot’ App

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Two companies settled a lawsuit this week over claims that a popular, mobile shooting game app was “an obvious rip-off” of another game.
     Glu Mobile Inc., the maker of Deer Hunter 2014, sued Hothead Games Inc. in November 2014 for allegedly copying its game and changing the prey from deer to people in its Kill Shot mobile app game.
     U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero approved a stipulation and order of dismissal in the case on Aug. 17, stating both parties had resolved the action and agreed to bear their own attorneys’ fees and costs.
     The terms of settlement agreement are confidential, but Glu Mobile announced in its quarterly earnings report on Aug. 7 that Hothead would continue to publish the Kill Shot game and make payments to the plaintiff.
     “Hothead has agreed to make payments to us, including ongoing payments, the details of which are confidential,” said Glu Mobile attorney Jennifer Kelly of Fenwick & West, echoing the company’s quarterly report statement.
     Attorneys for Glu Mobile and Hothead Games said they could not comment on details of the confidential settlement agreement.
     “The parties have resolved their differences pertaining to the Kill Shot game and the game is available online for anyone to use,” said Hothead Games attorney Robert J. Yorio of Carr & Ferrell.

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