Two Australian giants have clashed in court. Accusations of espionage
January 19, 2022
Unbeknownst to gamblers, there can be a lot of intrigue lurking behind the great backstage of slot machine production. If you dig into slots, you can assume that theft or “borrowing” and espionage are indeed no stranger to the industry. And some events confirm this.
On July 3, Aristocrat sued Ainsworth for intellectual property infringement. The object of the controversy was the Lightning Link land-based slot machine (for example quick hit slots online), which allegedly became the prototype for Ainsworth’s Jackpot Strike. According to the plaintiff company, this is not just an intellectual property infringement case, but a case of theft of trade secrets. The defendant says it is not guilty and intends to defend itself vehemently.
The story of the confrontation between the two giants began back in 2018, when Aristocrat demanded that Ainsworth provide data on how the Jackpot Strike slot machine was developed. They wanted to see source code, math tables and other documents. To which the defendant responded that after a proper search, they found nothing inappropriate in the documents.
Why is Aristocrat convinced of the theft?
The developer insists that their slot machine data was stolen by a former Ainsworth employee named Sujay Prabhu, who only worked at Aristocrat for three weeks and immediately returned to his old job. Moreover, his first project after his return was Jackpot Strike. Aristocrat claim that the aforementioned employee was plugging his flash drive into the company’s servers, which violated their rules. He also viewed files that were not related to his project. Prabhu claims he lost the flash drive when he was moving. There is another interesting fact in this story. When Aristocrat hired this man, his old employer, i.e. Ainsworth, was clearly dissatisfied with him and accused him of deliberate appropriation of intellectual property. Three weeks later, however, they happily hired him back. There are a lot of coincidences.