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HASBRO AND ATARI SETTLE DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DISPUTE

Hasbro, the toy company, has Wizards of the Coast as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Wizards of the Coast, the makers of Magic: The Gathering, who parlayed their collectible card game success into purchasing the Dungeons & Dragons franchise still owns the D&D franchise. So, in effect, Hasbro owns the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. For close to two years, a lawsuit has been running between Hasbro and Atari over the status of Atari’s license to make D&D video/computer games. Today, August 15, 2011, Hasbro and Atari have announced a settlement of their dispute. Key terms appear to be that the D&D license is now Hasbro’s, although Atari can continue to market several D&D games, including Daggerdale and the upcoming “Heroes of Neverwinter” for Facebook. However, the once-upcoming-in-2011 PC game which is just “Neverwinter” has been pushed to a release date of late 2012.

This is most likely great news for both console and PC gamers who love D&D. With Hasbro having more freedom to shop the D&D license around to any and all game manufacturers, we can hopefully look forward to some killer D&D titles announced in the near future!

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John G. Nowakowski, Esq. (LLMT), is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada. Christina R. Evola, Esq. is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law where her studies focused on intellectual property, antitrust, and media law. She is a lifelong gamer and avid cosplayer. DISCLAIMER: ‘Nerds in Court’ is for entertainment purposes only. Nothing should be construed as legal advice, or any advice for that matter, and no attorney-client relationship is formed by reading these posts. Do not consider information provided here as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified, licensed attorney in your state.

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