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Atari sued over “unauthorised sublicensing” of D&D to Namco

Friday, 18th December 2009 11:55 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Hasbro’s suing Infogrames, claiming the company has committed fraud and breached the terms of its licensing agreement for the D&D brand.

“Dungeons & Dragons is owned by Hasbro’s wholly-owned subsidiary Wizards of the Coast, who discovered earlier this year that Atari may have entered into an unauthorised sublicensing relationship with Namco Bandai Partners (NBP) for the Dungeons & Dragons digital game rights,” said Hasbro in a statement.

Whoops. Atari countered in a statement to IGN:

“Atari has had a long and rich history with the Dungeons and Dragons franchise, investing millions of dollars into numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful games that have generated significant revenue for Hasbro,” a spokesperson said. “Hasbro has resorted to these meritless allegations, in an apparent attempt to unfairly take back rights granted to Atari.”

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  1. Hunam

    Meritless? But Atari did pull out of europe and then pass on publishing rights in the territory to Namco Bandai. These things did happen. They should have checked the fine print before doing so.

    I assume this is why I have had no 4E D&D videogames as of yet.

    /taps foot

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Jadeskye

    you a tabletop player hunam?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Mauller

    I haven’t even read any of the 4E books yet. For now, my friends and I continue to play the occasional 3.5. I don’t think that anybody is looking to buy a new set of guides yet. And I’m not going to if nobody is going to play.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Neolucifer

    one could wonder what’s even the interest anyway without black isle , obsidian or bioware involved .

    Or at least another talented studio to put out D&D games

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Hunam

    No, mostly because I can’t find a local community so never bothered to learn how to actually play the table top game, so just enjoy them via the medium of vidjagams

    #5 4 years ago