Activision, Double Fine End Legal Dispute With Settlement
The legal dispute between Activision and Double Fine Productions has come to a relatively amicable end, as both parties have agreed to an out-of-court settlement.
According to the Associated Press and as reported by GameSpot, the scheduled Los Angeles Superior Court hearing where Activision hoped to get the judge to block the release of Double Fine's Brutal Legend in October won't occur. They won't need a hearing because an undisclosed settlement has been reached. If you don't remember, Activision began this fight by saying that although they did pass on producing Brutal Legend, they never gave up the rights to the title. If true, this would mean Double Fine wouldn't have legally been able to shop around for a new publisher. But Double Fine denied that Activision had any right to anything and quickly countersued, accusing Activision of "unlawful business practices" and even trying to "thin out the competition" to clear the way for their high-profile blockbusters like Guitar Hero 5 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Well, it all falls by the wayside now, but there's one little addition to this story-
According to the LA Times, it seems Activision could be considered to be the "loser" in this settlement. It seems that after everyone learned that the judge would be likely to rule in Double Fine's favor, Activision decided to settle to avoid a losing court battle. Hence, "it appears very likely that Activision received little to no compensation from Double Fine." ...I'm sorry, but did anyone just giggle a little bit?
Related Game(s): Brutal Legend
8/7/2009 Ben Dutka