US – High 5 Games sues IGTBy Phil - 16 March 2015
High 5 Games is taking legal action against International Game Technology over several alleged breaches of a licensing contract between the two companies.
The online slot designer has filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Chicago, claiming that IGT has violated conditions and failed to pay royalties from gambling features used on 81 game titles.
H5G said it is owed royalties from games such as ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Ghostbusters’.
The lawsuit stated: “IGT has also failed to make certain payments owed under the now-terminated agreement, has failed to cease distribution of certain unauthorised, modified games, and has failed to abandon, cancel, or assign to (High 5 Games) certain trademark filings.”
Reports out of Las Vegas state that High 5 Games wants IGT to stop using the slot machines that use its features as well as slots on its social gaming sites, DoubleDown Casino.
The companies entered into a deal in 2003 and extended their partnership in 2008.
“Upon information and belief, to avoid the stringent penalties that IGT would have faced under the 2008 agreement for its material breach, after nearly a year of settlement discussions, IGT offered to enter into a new agreement, which came to fruition in 2012,” the law suit added.