Aristocrat Sues Light & Wonder Over Game Copying

Gambling software group Aristocrat Technologies has filed a lawsuit in Nevada court against fellow developer Light & Wonder, alleging the latter of copying one of its popular games.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the District of Nevada and will be presided over by Judge Maximiliano D Couvillier. Aristocrat is alleging that Light & Wonder's 'Dragon Train' slot is a rip off of its own 'Dragon Link' slot, and was made using trade secrets derived from the company. The plaintiffs allege that Dragon Train has very similar bonus features, paytables, math, symbols, and rules, which can confuse players. The suit also alleges that a former Aristocrat employee helped develop the game for Light & Wonder.

Verbiage from the suit claims: "On information and belief, L&W has knowingly and for profit engaged in this infringing use of the Aristocrat trade dress to attract players, knowing that players would wrongly believe that the games are associated or affiliated with, or sponsored or endorsed by, Aristocrat.

"L&W has acquired through improper means one or more of Aristocrat's trade secrets embodied in the Dragon Link and Lightning Link games, including insofar as L&W knew or had reason to know that it had received the information from persons, including Ms Charles and/or Mr Sefton. On information and belief, at the time of the use, L&W knew or had reason to know that it had derived the information from persons, including Ms Charles and/or Mr Sefton."

A spokesperson for Light & Wonder responded, noting: "These actions are entirely without merit, and we will be vigorously defending against them, including seeking the dismissal of this baseless lawsuit. Dragon Train is one in a portfolio of diverse new games from Light & Wonder that continue to bring competition and leading innovation to the industry which is being welcomed and embraced by our customers.

The defense for Light & Wonder has yet to respond to the suit officially in court, but a response will certainly be coming. We also aren't privy to the relief sought by Aristocrat, so details on the damages sought will be upcoming. Casino Listings News will update readers as we learn more.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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