Kris Jenner Is Being Sued For Allegedly Stealing the ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ Game
Happy 60th birthday, Kris Jenner!
Here’s a lawsuit.
Jenner may have done something really shady during the development of the highly successful Kim Kardashian: Hollywood mobile game, which lets people live like Kim and friends, and now she’s being sued for it.
According to TMZ, beginning in 2011, Jenner and her agent were in talks with a group of video game developers, Kung Fu Factory, to create what’s now known as the “cash cow” Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.
She allegedly strung them along long enough to “rip off their ideas” and thus steal copyrighted material, including some very specific design details that are now present in the game: “…everything from how Kim, Khloé and Kourtney’s characters would look, to how the game would be played.”
Their suit states they delivered their copyrighted proposal to the Kardashian matriarch representatives, but then later the communication just ended; no final decision was made, until one day Kung Fu Factory heard the game talks were “dead.”
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood was released in 2014 by Glu Mobile, and last year Forbes estimated it would make $200 million in its first year alone (though later in the year it was revealed that that optimistic number was looking a bit more unlikely, earning only $43 million in the third quarter).
According to their suit, Kung Fu wants unspecified damages, which includes the lucrative profits from the game.
This week, Kim introduced Karl Lagerfeld as a new character on the game, which has 30 million active users and is currently #35 on iTunes Top Grossing Apps rankings.