Defunct publisher THQ is suing Electronic Arts and Zuffa, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), over theUFCvideo game license, which THQ formerly held and EA now possesses.
In the complaint, which THQ filed on Oct. 4 in U.S. District Court in Delaware, THQ alleges that EA and Zuffa worked together to bring about the termination of THQ’s licensing agreement with Zuffa for the UFC series, as well as the transfer of that agreement to EA.
THQ originally signed a licensing agreement with Zuffa in January 2007 to produce UFC video games. Under the deal, the publisher released three well-received UFC titles:UFC Undisputed 2009(May 2009),UFC Undisputed 2010(May 2010)andUFC Undisputed 3(February 2012). But by 2011, THQ was struggling financially, and according to the complaint, the publisher began to explore options such as a sale to an outside company.