Despite its closure earlier this year, former videogame publisher THQ is suing Electronic arts and Ultimate Fighting Championship parent company Zuffa over the UFC videogame license.
THQ filed a complaint last week, on October 4, in U.S. District Court in Delaware, claiming that EA and Zuffa collaborated on the termination of the company’s licensing agreement with Zuffa for UFC. The publisher claims to have had “several discussions” with EA in December 2011, during which they shared “internal financial information, including detailed sales and revenue figures for the UFC franchise, and projected marketing expenditures on the next UFC franchise game” with EA.
This information, THQ claims, was then shared with Zuffa, causing the UFC parent company to end their licensing agreement with THQ that same month.
THQ handed over the UFC license to EA in June 2012, just months before declaring bankruptcy.
THQ is seeking damages to the tune of at least $10 million. They also want EA to “turnover [sic] the profits of the UFC franchise” and want the court to disallow Zuffa’s $1.96 million bankruptcy claims against THQ. The former videogame publisher says that the UFC license exchange was a fraudulent transfer under U.S. bankruptcy law, and that EA’s alleged sharing of confidential THQ information with Zuffa constitutes “tortious interference” with their licensing agreement.