Court sides with THQ in Ubisoft talent-poaching case

By Andrew Groen
17 December 2011 16:43 GMT

A Quebec court has sided with THQ in a suit Ubisoft brought against them. Ubisoft filed the suit after one of its developers was allegedly poached from their studio by THQ. Ubisoft alleged that non-compete clauses voided the hiring of Patrice Desilets.However, the court did not agree, and ruled unanimously to the contrary.

“The Court of Appeal’s decision is a tremendous victory for THQ Montreal and all of the creative talent working in the video game industry in Montreal. We are thrilled with the Court’s decision in this matter because we believe strongly in an individual’s freedom to choose where they want to be employed,” said a THQ VP.

“Our goal has always been to promote free competition and to allow the many creative talent in the interactive entertainment industry in Montreal to be able to choose where they want to work,” he continued. “We believe the Court of Appeal’s decision will promote competition, alleviate people’s fears and encourage more talented people to join Patrice and our other creative employees at our state-of-the-art studio in Montreal.”

Via Gamasutra.

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