Zynga settles data theft suit with former employee

Social game publisher Zynga has settled its lawsuit against former Cityville general manager Alan Patmore over alleged theft of company secrets. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Zynga filed the suit in October of last year, accusing Patmore of copying more than 760 files containing "confidential game designs from teams around the company" to his Dropbox account before departing for his current position as the vice president of product at rival online game producer Kixeye.

"I accept responsibility for making a serious mistake by copying and taking Zynga confidential information when I resigned from Zynga," Patmore said in a statement today. "I understand the consequences of my actions and I sincerely apologize to Zynga and my former colleagues."

TechCrunch reports that the two companies issued a joint statement yesterday: "Zynga Inc. and KIXEYE Inc. have reached a mutually agreeable settlement of their litigation involving Alan Patmore in San Francisco Superior Court."

This article was originally published on Joystiq.