Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution

Hasbro is suing Atari/Infogrames over Dungeons & Dragons licensing:
PAWTUCKET, RI--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) today filed a complaint in the District Court of Rhode Island against Infogrames Entertainment S.A., a.k.a Atari, S.A., alleging fraud and five different breaches of their licensing agreement for the Dungeons & Dragons brand.

Dungeons & Dragons is owned by Hasbro's wholly-owned subsidiary Wizards of the Coast, who discovered earlier this year that Atari may have entered into an unauthorized sublicensing relationship with Namco Bandai Partners (NBP) for the Dungeons & Dragons digital game rights. NBP is a competitor for both Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro, and such an agreement is prohibited under the contract between Hasbro and Atari.

"While unfortunate that we had to take this action, it is crucial for us to protect the Dungeons & Dragons brand," said Greg Leeds, President of Wizards of the Coast. "We have been working for several months now to reach resolution with Atari, and they have left us with no other choice than to pursue legal action."

Hasbro is seeking compensatory damages for economic losses suffered as well as a termination of the licensing agreement.
View : : :
13 Replies. 1 pages. Viewing page 1.
Newer [  1  ] Older
13.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 18, 2009, 20:34
13.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 18, 2009, 20:34
Dec 18, 2009, 20:34
 
atari went two days now with public statement addressing the main complaint, only issuing the standard, *oh my, poor, poor us*, to make it to the weekend for cover. If Hasbro has been trying to work out a deal for months, it's sounding more and more like atari really was trying to double deal.

Only thing I really care about is if some how independent developers can get better treatment than atari has been offering.
Scorpio Slasher: What about you boy, what do hate?
Marcus: Bullies. Tiny dick egotists who hurt people for no reason, make people lock their doors at night. People who make general existence worse, people like you. I f*cking hate people like you!
Avatar 1858
12.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 20:32
12.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 20:32
Dec 17, 2009, 20:32
 
Meanwhile gamers only want to know if and how long the next great D&D game will be held in limbo over this...

What was the last great D&D game? Neverwinter Nights 2?

Wasn't nearly the same level as the original NWN, and even that was pale compared to the old bioware isometric games. NWN wasn't even as fun as the old SSI gold box D&D games. Those were great.
11.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 17:35
11.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 17:35
Dec 17, 2009, 17:35
 
Hehe, was just in Pawtucket earlier, man that city is a dump. Glad I moved to East Providence instead of Pawtucket.

EP isn't exactly a big step up....lol.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
"Both the “left” and the “right” pretend they have the answer, but they are mere flippers on the same thalidomide baby, and the truth is that neither side has a clue."

- Jim Goad
Avatar 10137
10.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 17:28
nin
10.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 17:28
Dec 17, 2009, 17:28
nin
 
Go for the eyes!!

SQUEEEEEE!

9.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 17:20
9.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 17:20
Dec 17, 2009, 17:20
 
Go for the eyes!!
Avatar 36713
8.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 17:18
nin
8.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 17:18
Dec 17, 2009, 17:18
nin
 
Meanwhile gamers only want to know if and how long the next great D&D game will be held in limbo over this...

Hell, I'd be happy if they just put the BG and IWD series on GOG.

7.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 17:16
J
7.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 17:16
Dec 17, 2009, 17:16
J
 
I wonder if they can successfully save against legal action
nin: This forum is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Blue: What do you mean, "biblical"?
xXBatmanXx: What he means is Old BBS, El Presidente, real wrath of SysOp type stuff.
Avatar 45926
6.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 17:10
6.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 17:10
Dec 17, 2009, 17:10
 
Meanwhile gamers only want to know if and how long the next great D&D game will be held in limbo over this...
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
Avatar 17185
5.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 17:01
5.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 17:01
Dec 17, 2009, 17:01
 
Atari laywer: Your honour, we'd like to request a saving throw.
4.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 16:55
4.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 16:55
Dec 17, 2009, 16:55
 
Hehe, was just in Pawtucket earlier, man that city is a dump. Glad I moved to East Providence instead of Pawtucket.
3.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 16:37
3.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 16:37
Dec 17, 2009, 16:37
 
So that makes two suits against Atari over D&D?

What a strange licensing conumdrum to be in, stuck between the owner of the D&D brand, and the owner of the D&D digital game...
2.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 16:09
2.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 16:09
Dec 17, 2009, 16:09
 
D&D is a big IP hopefully this will get sorted out soon.
Avatar 25373
1.
 
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution
Dec 17, 2009, 15:20
1.
Re: Hasbro Sues Atari/Infogrames over D&D Distribution Dec 17, 2009, 15:20
Dec 17, 2009, 15:20
 
Pawtucket RI, city of my birth.
----------------------------------------------------------------------
"Both the “left” and the “right” pretend they have the answer, but they are mere flippers on the same thalidomide baby, and the truth is that neither side has a clue."

- Jim Goad
Avatar 10137
13 Replies. 1 pages. Viewing page 1.
Newer [  1  ] Older