Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is just one of those companies that attracts a lot of lawsuits. I suppose it has a little something to do with the fact that they have unimaginable amounts of money and don’t particularly play nice, then again, you don’t get a lot of money by playing nice. This time around, though, it has nothing to do with actual Microsoft software.
As reported by GamaSutra, In-Fusio, a French development house, is suing Microsoft, claiming that the company is stonewalling them on a deal to develop Halo content for cellular phones. The Halo franchise, developed by Bungie, is one of the most successful FPS (First Person Shooter) game series’ ever. Halo 2 sold over 125 million dollars in its first day. To say that the franchise is extremely desirable is an understatement, and the reason that In-Fusio is upset about their current position.
In-Fusio signed a deal with Microsoft last September to bring content from the hit game, starting with wallpapers and ring tones. The deal stipulated that In-Fusio pay Microsoft 4 payments of 500,000 dollars each. Since the company has claimed that Microsoft is dragging their feet on signing the necessary paperwork, they’ve withheld the second of those payments. Microsoft wants to terminate the deal based on the failure to deliver payment.
A recently released statement pertaining to the lawsuit says:
“Under the agreement, In-Fusio’s Halo programming designs are subject to Microsoft’s approval, which cannot be unreasonably withheld. Nevertheless, Microsoft has thwarted In-Fusio’s efforts to develop Halo under the agreement. Indeed, in the last 11 months, Microsoft has approved no fully-developed In-Fusio Halo game designs; ignoring and then refusing to accept In-Fusio’s game design concepts with little or no explanation and leaving In-Fusio little basis to revise its concepts to obtain Microsoft’s approval.”
In-Fusio is currently seeking damages from the suit.