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The legal remnant of THQ is suing Electronic Arts and UFC parent company Zuffa, and it could heavily impact development of EA Sports UFC. The lawsuit alleges EA used confidential information about THQ's ailing finances to encourage Zuffa to end its UFC Undisputed licensing arrangement and begin its relationship with EA, Polygon reports.
EA was privy to that information when it briefly considered purchasing THQ in late 2011, the lawsuit states. But EA said it was no longer interested in the deal a few weeks later.
Zuffa paid THQ $10 million to cancel its UFC license and transfer the rights to EA in June 2012. THQ alleges that the franchise was worth at least twice that much to EA; Zuffa was compelled to make the deal after EA shared THQ's private financial information, which Zuffa would not otherwise have been able to access.
Thus, the transfer should not have been permitted under U.S. bankruptcy law, and only came about because of EA's interference, THQ says.
Now THQ wants $10 million in damages, to nullify the transfer of the rights, and recover the franchise's value--including profits from EA Sports UFC.
EA told Polygon that it believes the claims are without merit, and THQ refused comment.