Atari and Turbine lock legal horns

Atari and Turbine lock legal horns
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

September 4th 2009 at 10:53AM

Dungeons & Dragons developer's claims 'frivolous', says publisher

A dispute over Atari's promotion and support of Turbine developed MMO Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach has resulted in claims and counterclaims that have the two companies at a legal deadlock.

Initially, Turbine filed a lawsuit that claimed Atari's responsibility as a publisher had been inadequate in supporting DDO:S. The developer also stated that Atari had entered a new agreement with the studio in May under false pretenses. According to Turbine, the publisher's interest in the D&D product was false, and subsequently Atari stands accused of fostering an intention to undermine the MMO in favour of Neverwinter Nights, which is apparently underway at Cryptic Studios. Cryptic is owned by Atari.

However, undeterred by Turbine's claims, Atari has issued a statement of defense which dismisses the accusations as 'frivolous', and has suggested that the MMO developer owes it money.

"Last week, with no warning, Turbine filed what can only be viewed as a frivolous lawsuit against Atari," read Atari's statement. "This action can ultimately do a great disservice to D&D fans and to the MMO community at large.

"Turbine's actions also appear intended to divert attention from the contractual obligations that Turbine owes to Atari," the statement continued. "In response, today Atari served a motion to dismiss the entirety of Turbine's lawsuit. Atari also filed a separate complaint to recover monies owed to Atari resulting from an independent third party audit of Turbine. While Atari hopes for a quick and fair resolution, it remains fully committed to the D&D communities worldwide and will vigorously protect the franchise and its own integrity in this matter."