Vancouver-based Axoim Zen, the maker of CryptoKitties, claims it has been “falsely accused” of theft involving the Steph Curry themed ‘CurryKitties,’ VentureBeat reported this morning.
Starcoin (which goes by the brand name Tradestar) is the company who is suing Axiom Zen for alleged trade secret misappropriation and breach of a previously signed confidentiality agreement.
CEO of Tradestar, Jevon Feinblatt, told VentureBeat that his company engaged in email communications with Axoim Zen in February 2018 to discuss a potential collaboration. He claims his company disclosed confidential details of its potential venture, including a Steph Curry collectible trading card it was working on. Although Axoim Zen reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement, the company announced that it created its own Steph Curry-themed CryptoKitties in early May.
🏀 @StephenCurry30 and CryptoKitties 😺 have joined paws for an exclusive collab! Check out these one of a kind licensed digital collectibles and enter our giveaway to win a CryptoKitty. https://t.co/yU86XIAyWV pic.twitter.com/AeD3LAKoRG
— CryptoKitties (谜恋猫) (@CryptoKitties) May 7, 2018
The lawsuit if filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and it says:
“Since Axiom received Starcoin’s confidential information, two investors who had previously expressed interest in Starcoin — such as CAA Ventures and Digital Currency Group — have now passed on investing opportunities offered by Starcoin, and instead they have both funded Axiom.”
In a counter-statement, a spokesperson from Axiom Zen said, “We have been falsely accused of breaching an NDA and believe the lawsuit has no merit. Axiom Zen is a company that is committed to ethical and responsible work, including ownership and protection of data.”
After the response, the company decided to take the crypto collectibles off their site.
Ouch, way to throw the man under the bus for no reason. Still, it remains unclear where the miscommunication originated, but the “CurryKitties” have been officially benched.
This Steph Curry deal was huge, as it was the first-ever celebrity CryptoKitty. Guess our dreams of a Katy Perry kitty might be a long-shot now.
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