Video game publisher
Activision claims Netflix interfered with the contact of the executive,
“Netflix unapologetically recruits talent without regard to its ethical and legal obligations,” Activision said in the complaint filed Friday in state court in Los Angeles.
Activision is suing for intentional interference, unfair competition, and aiding and abetting. It seeks a court order to permanently stop Netflix from soliciting Activision employees and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages to be determined by a jury at trial.
Netflix and Activision both declined to comment on the lawsuit.
In the suit, the game publisher said it’s concerned that -- as Netflix creates video games based on its shows -- it “increases its competition with Activision.” Netflix shows have already become games such as “Stranger Things 3: The Game” and “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.”
The video-gaming market has exploded during the Covid-19 pandemic, as many other forms of entertainment became unaccessible. Video games should generate nearly $160 billion in revenue globally this year, up 9.3%, according to research firm Newzoo. The launch of new gaming consoles from Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp. this fall should further add fuel to the market.
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Joe Schneider, Steve Stroth
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