'Words With Friends' Sues 'Bang With Friends'
Zynga says hookup app infringes trademark
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2013 9:45 AM CDT
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus walks off the stage after an announcement of new games at Zynga headquarters in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, fIle)

(Newser) – Zynga makes the popular apps "Words With Friends" and "Chess With Friends." But it does not make the popular app "Bang With Friends." The former are board games. The latter helps Facebook friends hook up for casual sex. Now the company is suing Bang With Friends Inc, claiming it tried to cash-in on Zynga's "With Friends" trademark, reports Bloomberg. The lawsuit seeks to bar the company from using the name "Bang With Friends" on any app in the US, and an unspecified amount of damages.

Bang With Friends claims to have 1.1 million users and 200,000 "matches" under its belt, reports the Guardian. It works by allowing people to identify which Facebook friends they want to hook up with. If two friends mark each other as potential hookups, both are notified of the other's interest. "We heard through media reports that Zynga has filed a trademark infringement claim with respect to the 'with friends' part of our name," Bang With Friends Inc tells Wired. "As a technology company, we take intellectual property seriously, and will evaluate the case in detail once we receive a copy. Regardless, we continue to be focused on making our users happy, so that they can help each other be happy."

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Aug 1, 2013 8:02 AM CDT
I was going to have "Lunch With Friends" but I was afraid of getting sued by Zynga.
Jul 31, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
Bang with friends helps with hook ups? Oh my, I have been playing that game totally wrong. No wonder I never make high score board and I would like to formally request my stats be taken down. Also, I need to unfriend and withdraw some join me requests I recently sent out. O-O
Jul 31, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
Never heard of Bang with friends. Thanks for the heads up Zynga.