Hasbro have announced that they will be pursuing legal action against the Atari subsidiary, Infogames Entertainment. Hasbro have claimed that Atari have sub-licensed the digital game rights to Dungeons & Dragons to Namco Bandai illegally, and have cited five accounts of Atari being in breach of contract as well as acts of fraud.
“While unfortunate that we had to take this action, it is crucial for us to protect the Dungeons & Dragons brand,” said Greg Leeds, President of Wizards of the Coast. “We have been working for several months now to reach resolution with Atari, and they have left us with no other choice than to pursue legal action.”
Atari has denied the allegations and issued the following response to IGN:
“Atari has had a long and rich history with the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, investing millions of dollars into numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful games that have generated significant revenue for Hasbro,” the spokesperson said. “Hasbro has resorted to these meritless allegations, in an apparent attempt to unfairly take back rights granted to Atari.”
“Atari has sought to resolve the matter without cooperation from Hasbro. We regret that our long-time partner has decided to pursue this action. Atari will respond appropriately through its legal counsel in court.”
When two multi-million dollar companies go head-to-head in legal combat it’s always difficult to predict results. Whether the original dungeon masters, Hasbro, leave Atari in a tough spot or Atari roll a saving throw remains uncertain.