A few weeks ago, Evolution Gaming filed a lawsuit in Nevada District Court. They accused Light & Wonder of stealing the patented concepts of their Lightning Roulette product to launch Roulette X.
The two groups initially entered into a good-faith agreement. Their goal was to develop a land-based version of Evolution’s live dealer game, Lightning Roulette. This is according to the deleted complaint filed by Evolution. The game is essentially traditional roulette with the addition of lucky numbers that multiply a player’s winnings anywhere from 50-500x. The company has filed three patents related to the game.
Evolution gaming received a lot of offers as per the filing. It is to develop a land-based version of the game. This includes one from Light & Wonder. In March 2021, Evolution formally entered into an agreement with Light & Wonder. This agreement, which was later publicly announced, aimed to develop the game. Evolution shared important and confidential information about the algorithm powering Lighting Roulette during that time.
Evolution claims Light & Wonder attempted to unilaterally terminate the parties’ agreement a few months later. Moreover, they were also telling Evolution customers that the two groups were no longer working together.
After that, Light & Wonder rolled out its own product, Roulette X. This new game had conspicuously similar gameplay to Lightning Roulette.
The lawsuit contends that Light & Wonder is infringing upon all three patents related to Lightning Roulette. It also claims that the company violated Evolution’s trade secrets.
Light & Wonder was reached out by SBC Americas about the suit and the company called to comment.
This is not the legal situation claiming Light & Wonder is a copycat. The company is currently facing another lawsuit from its competitor, Aristocrat. Aristocrat claims Light & Wonder is ripping off Aristocrat title Dragon Link with Jewel of the Dragon, its rival game.