Activision Blizzard has been making headlines recently due to a number of lawsuits. That's the nature of such a large corporation, particularly one that has struggled with alleged discriminatory practices. That kind of attention also draws in lawsuits that may not be as well-intentioned as the latest. The somewhat audacious case has now been dismissed and with prejudice.
Brooks Entertainment, a company that claims to specialize on film and television production, was accused of infringement on its intellectual property for its mobile games, Save One Bank, and Stock Picker. Activision Blizzard was accused of imposing Sean Brooks, the game's "main character," on the CEO of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Activision Blizzard responded swiftly and dismissively to the complaint, even going so far as to claim that Brooks Entertainment's claims were so clear-cut it was obvious the company had never played Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. For one, the Save One Bank and Stock Picker comparisons made no sense, as the accusation centered on a far-future shopping mall that isn't based on any modern setting or properties.
Activision initially threatened to bring Rule 11 sanctions, which would result in penalties for failing to provide nonfactual evidence in a frivolous court case, then followed through in March. A California District Court also dismissed Brooks Entertainment's challenge this past month, although there has been no confirmation of that decision from Brooks Entertainment.
Brooks Entertainment's complaint was dismissed based on Activision's motion to dismiss Rule 11 penalties, and the company should be fined as a result. The case may also be re-filed or brought again if similar allegations are filed in the future.
Just because Activision Blizzard handled this lawsuit with relative ease does not mean it does not have other more serious allegations in the legal system. Despite a previous settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in California, there are still ongoing legal issues surrounding groups within Activision Blizzard who are attempting to unionize.