Assassin’s Creed Creator Sues Ubisoft

Former Assassin's Creed creative director Patrice Desilets is suing Ubisoft for $400,000 as well as the rights to his in-development game, 1666: Amsterdam.

Desilets left Ubisoft Montreal in 2010 and founded THQ Montreal a year later. As a result, Ubisoft filed a lawsuit accusing him of poaching employees from his former place of work. The lawsuit was dropped by Ubisoft in October 2012. In the meanwhile, Desilets and his team worked on a new game called 1666: Amsterdam before THQ bankrupted and Ubisoft purchased THQ Montreal.

Under Ubisoft’s reign, Desilets continued 1666: Amsterdam’s development for a few months before asking the company to acknowledge that an “acceptable prototype” of the game has been delivered within the period specified in his contract with THQ Montreal. Instead of assessing and acknowledging the game’s development state, Ubisoft seized the opportunity to renegotiate Desilets’ contract.

Desilets met with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in March to discuss the situation. During the meeting, Guillemot to him that THQ was “desperate” and gave “too much creative freedom.” With Desilets insisting on retaining all his contractual rights and Guillemot pushing for more control over the project, the two men failed to reach an agreement. As a result, Guillemot summoned Desilets to his office on May 7th, fired him and had security guards escort him out of premises immediately. The CEO also suspended 1666: Amsterdam’s development “indefinitely” without cancelling it explicitly.

Under the conditions of Desilets’ contract with THQ Montreal, he is able to attain the rights to the game if it was cancelled by the studio or the contract was terminated without cause. More specifically, Desilets has an option to pay 145% of the game’s development expenses within 6 months of the contract’s termination and retain all intellectual rights and game assets.

"If Mr. Desilets has any interest in further pursing the 1666 project, he should calm down and sit back down at the table," wrote Ubisoft attorney Steve Smith in an email. "Ubisoft can develop and publish 1666 with Patrice Desilets or without him. It prefers to do so with him. If the parties cannot agree on a new contract, Ubisoft will fully honor its obligations under the existing contract. But it will also exercise its rights under the existing contract."

In addition to forcing Ubisoft to hand over the game’s rights and assets, Desilets is also asking for $400,000 in damages comprised of $250,000 for his promised base salary, $100,000 in legal damages, $35,000 for expenses, and $25,000 for his severance pay.

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"Desilets has an option to

"Desilets has an option to pay 145% of the game’s development expenses" You can tell they have good intentions. "Ubisoft can develop and publish 1666 with Patrice Desilets or without him" Good company that knows nothing about stealing intellectual properties.

Or they actually do, legal

Or they actually do, legal bullying is a viable option for companies as big as ubisoft. Basically what they do is keep hitting someone with silly lawsuits, even if they're quickly dismissed by the court the defendant still has to hire a lawyer, repeat until the defendant is broke.

ARG!

Lets set sail to the Pirate Bay. Although they have made some really great games pirating them until they go broke is not the answer, to many other "good" people will suffer from the fallout. Lets hope the court doesn't accept any payoffs *wink wink* and justice is served.

he left ubi, go to THQ, then

he left ubi, go to THQ, then THQ went bankrupt, UBI acquires THQ, then what u supposed to happen next, UBI will immoderately fired all the *traitors* , typical UBI, lets revolt against them! Hit them where it hurts! support Patrice , lets all pirate UBI products, burn, copy and distribute it to friends and families, promote, discourage them from buying any UBISOFT games. piracy is the best way to hit UBISOFT in the nutt/ captcha says good job

really?

My god, how many retards like you can there be in the world? The ONLY way to hurt a company is by not buying nor using their products. Which means no piracy, just don't play their games. If you fail to do that you'll give them money in one way or another. They're fully grown, smart adults. They WILL outsmart you, not the other way around. Derp

not buying means u walk pass

not buying means u walk pass by, and ignore the products,. this is not going to hurt them, u are not a customer to begin with. no, u walk by, steal their products, and not just that, also distribute the copies of the products, now that , they will loose customer. and they will feel anger. some dude walk pass by is not going to make a change, some dude pass by and steal, they will get angry.

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