THE BUZZ: Quebec Court of Appeal ruled against an injunction that would have prevented THQ from poaching talent from Ubisoft’s studios. The dispute began when THQ hired then Assassin’s Creed creative director Patrice Désilets. Following the acquisition, Désilets began recruiting more of Ubisoft’s employees, which the company complains breaks Patrice’s non-compete clause that prevents him from doing just that. The ruling today allows THQ to continue on its course as long as they do not engage in “unfair competition.”
Obviously, THQ is happy with this judgement and had this to say:
In reaching its decision, the Court of Appeal agreed with all of THQ’s arguments and dismissed the lower Court decision on the grounds that THQ was not bound by any non-competition restrictions and was therefore free to solicit any Ubisoft employee, provided THQ’s efforts did not amount to unfair competition. The Court went on to conclude that THQ’s solicitation of Ubisoft employees did not constitute unfair competition but rather the exercise of its legitimate legal rights based on the principle of liberty of commerce and trade. Its competition with Ubisoft was neither illicit nor disloyal.
EGM’s TAKE: With Patrice Désilets at THQ we’re excited to see his newest IP, The Executioner’s Tenets in which players assume the role of a gunman for hire that must kill nine corporate leaders in a world where dinosaurs still roam the earth. Players will learn the virtues of honor and loyalty as they race against the clock as a meteor threatens to destroys everything in it’s path. Sure to be a hit.