THQ have filed a complaint against UFC parent companny Zuffa LLC, and Electronic Arts over the transfer of the UFC game license.
According to documents filed in Delaware district court, the publishers held several discussions in December 2011, to discuss the sale of the UFC game licence to EA. During one “high-level meeting” , internal financial information including sales data and marketing projections for the UFC video games were presented.
At the end of the 2011, Zuffa contacted THQ to discuss terminating its license, and THQ alleges that Zuffa had access to information which could only have been supplied by EA thanks to these earlier negotiations.
THQ believes this is proof that EA held discussions with them then went directly to Zuffa to try and arrange a direct sale, benefiting EA at THQ’s expense.
In 2012, Zuffa paid THQ $10 million to end their agreement the THQ and EA announced it had acquired the licence to the games.
THQ is now claiming the UFC license is worth at least $20 million and is seeking minimum damages of $10 million as well as the return of the property; any profits EA has made on the UFC license; and for the court to disallow Zuffa’s $1.96 million bankruptcy claims on THQ.
The court documents also reveal EA as one of five publishers who discussed buying THQ prior to its bankruptcy.