Activision Blizzard threatens to sue Electronic Arts

News posted by Ryan on February 13th, 2009 at 10:39pm GMT

Bobby KotickJust when we all thought the whole publishing fiasco with Brutal Legend was over, Activision Blizzard — the former publisher of the game — has broken its silence and threatened Electronic Arts, saying that it still owns the rights and that EA’s contract with Double Fine is invalid.

EA has gone straight for the jugular with this blunt response:

“We doubt that Activision would try to sue. That would be like a husband abandoning his family and then suing after his wife meets a better looking guy.”

As Variety speculates, it’s clear that the game’s former publisher has no interest in actually supporting the game, so presumably this action is intended to do only one thing: get a tidy sum from EA in return for turning the license over.

The twist is that it may be Activision Blizzard doesn’t own the rights after all, as it was rumoured back during the publishing issues that Double Fine had a legal loophole in the contract on its side that gave it the rights to Brutal Legend.

I guess we’ll see before long what comes of this, but I think it’s fair to say at this point that Activision Blizzard is the new EA.

7 metalheads have commented on this post
1. Kroms 8 years, 3 months ago

Hey, at least EA are cool now. They’ve even won ME over with what they’ve done in 2008.

But Acti-Blizz is just…I mean, look at that guy. Just, look at that guy’s picture and you will know everything you need to about Acti-Blizz.

2. Kroms 8 years, 3 months ago

Also EA at least has a sense of humour :D

3. Udvarnoky 8 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully those rumors about Double Fine retaining the rights were correct and the joke’s on Activision.

I see this as a lot of great free publicity. Everyone knows what Brutal Legend is because the two biggest publishers in the industry are publicly fighting over it. Awesome.

4. Du Man Maximino 8 years, 3 months ago

Man, Double Fine must have some good lawyers, or Tim Schafer is a master of deception.

5. kournel kill 8 years ago

ohhh burn! activision is jealous

6. Crazymech 8 years ago

Actilizzard realizes they’ve done a mistake, and wants to milk it anyways, corporate businesses are funny xD

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