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THQ Sues EA, UFC Over UFC License

Posted October 14, 2013 by Bunneh3000 in News

Poor THQ. After dissolving and selling off all of their properties, they still seem to be caught up in a number of lawsuits. To add to their agenda of court appearances and dealings, THQ has decided to sue Electronic Arts over their loss of the UFC license.

On October 4th, THQ filed a lawsuit in Delware claiming that Electronic Arts and Zuffa worked together to end THQ’s UFC licensing agreement. Apparently THQ accuses Electronic Arts of using insider information to sabotage their dealings with UFC parent company Zuffa. During the time of THQ’s financial woes, Electronic Arts and THQ were actually in talks with each other for a buyout deal that eventually fell through. At that time, THQ claims that EA learned of their finances from their failed dealings and revealed that info to Zuffa therefore causing the deal to fall through. As a result of the bankrupcy dealings, THQ ended up transferring their license to Electronic Arts months before declaring bankrupcy. THQ sees this deal as fraudulant and feels that the UFC license is worth more than the $10 million paid them at the time. Their estimates feel the number should have been around $20 million and that it could even end up being worth more with EA.

Of course, Electronic Arts now holds the UFC license and is on the cusp of releasing their first UFC title for both next gen systems in 2014.

THQ is looking to receive the value of the UFC license as well as damages totalling $10 million from EA. As if that wasn’t enough, they are even attempting to get the profits the EA has/will make off of the UFC license AND ask the court to disallow Zuffa’s bankrupcy claims against them.

Back in 2007, THQ originally signed the UFC licensing agreement which led to them creating three well received games under the UFC Undisputed franchise. The last game of this series, UFC Undisputed 3, was released in February 2012. THQ was already in financial trouble by 2011 and had begun talks with Electronic Arts by the end of that year.

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