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ZYNGA waves the white flag at struggle with small developers!

05-12-2011, 02:28 PM
#1
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ZYNGA waves the white flag at struggle with small developers!

Hi everybody!

I'd like to tell you interesting news.

Did you see last updates from ZYNGA Poker app for iPhone/iPad?

This is for those, who didn’t see it. ZYNGA changed UI at their app. In particular, you can see some new elements such as «Progress bar», «Check box» and «Raise». Form of avatar and quite a quite a few other minor elements were changed.

And now… Attention! Practically the same UI was highly appreciated by gamers as far back as last year! It was implemented in Pokerist.com application for iPhone by one little-known developer (here’s screenshot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/6274715...in/photostream). After entering the market of iPhone apps in the fall 2010, Pokerist.com took a leading position in AppStores top downloads which it still keeps top mark at the poll number.

ZYNGA copy this UI for own app half a year later. So, I can draw conclusion that ZYNGA public confessed and confirmed that little-known companies, as developer of Pokerist.com able to create more practical UI, than all ZYNGA 's staff.

P.S. Many people hold that plagiarism is commonplace for market of social games. And ZYNGA met with similar situation some time ago too. Then, if you remember, PlayPhone took as a basis ZYNGA’s UI for their poker (http://www.flickr.com/photos/6274715...n/photostream/). I can consider theft from small companies (example, problems with finance). But as for big developers… I think plagiarism is serious problem in this case.
05-12-2011, 02:38 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2009
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you again with your pokerist app and bad zynga copying you gui..

we already had this covered.. is there a need to repreat the same discussion again?

05-12-2011, 04:33 PM
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Dude, let it go! There is absolutely nothing you can do about it anyway.

From what I see in iTunes, you have the #1 TOP GROSSING APP in the whole US app store!

I would love to have Zynga copy one of my games if it meant I could have the top grossing app.

You've had your little public rant twice now. Hopefully it felt good, but seriously, just let it go and enjoy your success. You'll be much happier.
05-12-2011, 04:49 PM
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Go sue!!$$$

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05-12-2011, 05:02 PM
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poor top grossing indie who gets scammed by zynga.. so even millionaires of the app store can be crying children..

i even find this worser than zynga borrowing some gui elements.
05-12-2011, 05:12 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mr.Ugly View Post
poor top grossing indie who gets scammed by zynga.. so even millionaires of the app store can be crying children..

i even find this worser than zynga borrowing some gui elements.
More like...poor indie dev (who is at number one by the way) wants more cash, so they whine about the fact that every single poker app has the same exact layout. :\

"Holy crap! We used a circle and they did too! It looks completely different otherwise, but...it must be plagiarism."

i'm a pretty kitty cat
05-13-2011, 10:59 AM
#7
Joined: May 2011
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Right.

Its like... poker only works with a circle table.

Thats like getting mad at twitter for creating their status updates ina table...

how else would you do it!
05-13-2011, 08:37 PM
#8
I'm going to make a poker app at a 14' rectangular table and half the game will be navigating your player around as they deal cards
05-14-2011, 05:17 AM
#9
Angel cash

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Originally Posted by Sinecure Industries View Post
I'm going to make a poker app at a 14' rectangular table and half the game will be navigating your player around as they deal cards
Good for you!
Make sure its a pretty freaking simple app
05-14-2011, 11:30 AM
#10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sinecure Industries View Post
I'm going to make a poker app at a 14' rectangular table and half the game will be navigating your player around as they deal cards
Why not make a poker app from the dealers perspective. You have to shuffle the cards and deal them out and flick them just right to the players at the table, or they take out a gun and shoot you.