Kixeye has also hired a general manager from Kabam.
Kixeye claims that it is actually Zynga that is attempting to steal trade secrets.
Kixeye, a developer of social games on Facebook for core gamers, announced today that it has raised $18 million in its third round of funding led by Jafco Ventures.
Facebook game makers frequently each other of copy-catting games. The latest accusation comes from Kixeye, which says that heavily-funded Kabam has blatantly copied Kixeye’s big hit Backyard Monsters.
Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games label at Electronic Arts, is responsible for taking the battle to EA’s arch rival, Activision Blizzard, in a big way this fall with the coming launch of Battlefield 3. That’s a heavy burden, since Activision Blizzard has the world’s most popular modern combat shooting game franchise — which generates more than $1 billion a year in revenues — and it is preparing to launch Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on Nov. 8. Last week, EA announced that it was launching Battlefield 3 on Oct. 25 and that the game will have its own social network.
Kixeye, once known as Casual Collective, has pivoted in a big way into social games on Facebook for hardcore gamers. That’s a market that has been ignored by dominant social game firm Zynga, and it may prove to be a lucrative niche as more hardcore gamers discover that Facebook isn’t all about playing cutesy games.