Xfire suing Gamespy over Comrade

Well we all figured this would happen, and now it has. Thanks to Gamespot for the story.

Electronic Arts' futuristic first-person shooter Battlefield 2142 seems to be an unfortunate magnet of controversy that centers around other companies. Earlier this month, a user agreement inserted into copies of the game regarding IGA Worldwide's in-game advertising technology incorporated into the game sparked cries of spyware from some gamers--cries IGA Worldwide flatly denied. Now Battlefield 2142 is caught up in a legal tangle between rival in-game instant messaging programs Xfire and GameSpy Comrade. On October 16, Viacom-owned Xfire filed suit against News Corp subsidiary IGN Entertainment over its GameSpy Comrade program, which comes on the Battlefield 2142 disc. IGN Entertainment also owns IGN.com, a GameSpot competitor. Xfire is claiming that GameSpy Comrade's "Buddy Sync" feature illegally infringes on its copyrights. Buddy Sync retrieves users' friends lists from other instant messaging programs like AOL Instant Messanger and Xfire, and gives players the option of automatically inviting those friends who have GameSpy accounts to join the users' friends lists on Comrade. View: Full Article @ Gamespot

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