High 5 Games Files Lawsuit Against IGT Over Licensing Violations

Published March 17, 2015 by Vlad G

High 5 Games Files Lawsuit Against IGT Over Licensing Violations

The two software providers are now in a dispute over licensing agreements and unpaid royalties for 81 casino games.

High 5 Games, also known as H5G, is a casino software developer for land-based machines as well as online, mobile and social gaming options and it is looking to take legal action against IGT (International Game Technology) due to several violations in their agreement regarding tens of games and unpaid royalties.

The two companies started to work together after an agreement was reached in 2003 and they later extended their partnership in 2008, when IGT offered a new agreement in order to avoid penalties regarding the material breach on the previous deal.

Unpaid Rroyalties for 81 Games

According to the documents in the lawsuit filed by H5G, software developer for casinos IGT has violated several conditions from the deal and also did no pay the required royalties for the gambling features designed by H5G and used in 81 games. Some of the most popular titles on the list are the slot machines “Ghostbusters” and “Sex and the City”, which have attracted quite the audience for their themes based on popular movie franchises.

The lawsuit also mentioned that IGT did not make payments which were required from the agreement, did not stop the distribution of some of the modified games which were unauthorized by H5G and did not cancel trademark filings which didn’t belong to the company.

IGT to No Longer Use H5G Features

The lawsuit clearly states that H5G wishes for IGT to not use its features anymore on online casinos, land-based machines and also social gaming sites, including the popular social casino DoubleDown.

Representatives of the two companies have yet to make official statements in detail, but IGT mentioned that it cannot make any comments regarding pending litigations. High 5 Games is reportedly looking to receive an unspecified amount to cover the damages occurred as a result of this lawsuit filed in Chicago, at a US District Court.

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