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Apple and Google sued for not removing ‘copied’ game.



Game developer Ubisoft has sued both Apple and Google for not removing a game from their respective app stores. According to a report in Bloomberg the publisher has sued the tech giants for selling the game ‘Area F2’ that it claim is a “near carbon copy” of ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege.’

Ubisoft said it informed both Apple and Google about the copyright violations, however, both have so far refused to pull out ‘Area F2’ from their online stores.
‘Area F2′ has been developed by Chinese company Alibaba’s digital entertainment company Ejoy. The game is listed on Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store by developer Qookka Games.
Area F2’, created by Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd’s,is a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six: Siege, and that can’t be “seriously be disputed,” Ubisoft said in a complaint filed in a federal court in Los Angeles last week. The lawsuit said that ‘Rainbow Six: Siege’ is among the most popular competitive multiplayer games in the world, and is among Ubisoft’s most valuable intellectual properties. “Virtually every aspect of AF2 is copied from R6S, from the operator selection screen to the final scoring screen, and everything in between,” it further added.
In the lawsuit, Ubisoft claimed that the game has 55 million registered players around the world, with more than 3 million players everyday. As per Bloomberg report, the game was made available to the public on tablets and smartphones in April.
Surprisingly, Ubisoft has sued Apple and Google for selling the game ‘Area F2’ and not Alibaba’s Qookka Games for the initial copyright infringment.


In a first, CEAT opens all-women operated customer service centre



One of the most popular tyre brand CEAT has announced the opening of all-women operated customer service centre Shoppes at Bhatinda in Punjab and said it plans to set up such outlets pan-India in the next few months.

CEAT had earlier this month said that these service outlets will work as full-fledged customer service centres. At the time of the global crisis due to the pandemic, many people have lost their jobs but with this initiative, CEAT Tyres is opening avenues for women and creating more employment opportunities.

The all-women CEAT Shoppes include women workforce for all service-related assistance to customers. This also includes manual jobs like wheel changing, balancing and operating various machinery to service a vehicle, the company said in a release.

The first of such Shoppes has been opened in Bhatinda, north India followed by introduction of 10 Shoppes in the next few months across India, it said. “We have been offering equal and fair opportunity to women in every field including our manufacturing plants. From shop-floor engineers to leadership roles, CEAT has a diversified female workforce taking up challenging roles and growing in their respective fields.

“The all Women CEAT Shoppe is an industry first initiative which further reiterates our commitment to allow women to grow and make a mark in the Tyre Industry which is predominantly male driven business,” said Amit Tolani, Chief Marketing Officer, CEAT.

The initiative will not only provide financial stability to women but will inspire many others to join this industry as the company plans to expand its footprints across India with many more such outlets in the months to come, he said.

CEAT will be investing in providing end-to-end training to the women running these outlets, said the release. With over 300 Shoppes in India, these outlets are authorized one-stop shops for vehicular assistance for sales and service to customers, the company said. (PTI)

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