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    Supercell loses lawsuit over alleged patent misuse, must pay $92 million

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    Finnish developer Supercell was ordered to pay Japanese company Gree $92 million as a result of a lawsuit.

    Notable mobile developer Supercell was ordered to pay Japanese company Gree over $92 million due to a legal dispute. As reported by Bloomberg, a federal jury in Texas found that Supercell's games infringed six of Gree's US patents.



    Supercell is best known for developing extremely popular freemium mobile games such as Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Hay Day. Gree's lawsuit alleged that Supercell's highly profitable games infringed on its patents, which involve network functionality, the frequency of item drops, and the way in which user information is stored, among other things.

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    Gree's attorney told jurors that Supercell earned $3 billion from the three games listed in the United States alone during the infringement period. In response, Supercell claimed the patents were invalid, as well as denied using any patented technology in the first place. Since the jury decided that the infraction was intentional, the judge could increase the sentence up to three times.

    Supercell is currently owned by Chinese gaming giant Tencent, which bought 84% of the company's shares for $8,6 billion in 2016. Other notable gaming lawsuits of the year so far include an antitrust lawsuit filed against Valve by a game developer who accuses the company of holding a monopoly in the PC gaming market. 

    Sony faces a similar class action claim that the company has a monopoly on PlayStation games because retailers no longer sell download codes for PlayStation games. Developer CD Projekt Red is also facing a class action lawsuit from its own investors that claims the developer misled people about the game's performance on next-gen consoles.



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