Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Ubisoft Gets an Injunction Against THQ For Poaching Talent
Written Thursday, March 31, 2011 By Richard Walker
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Following the somewhat abrupt departure of Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets and several other key members that now make up part of the newly formed THQ Montreal studio, Ubisoft has acquired an injunction against THQ to prevent it from poaching further recruits from its ranks.

French website Rue Frontenac reported the original story and Ubisoft confirmed it in writing to Game Informer with an official statement:

"Ubisoft has filed a request before the Superior Court of Québec for injunction orders against THQ Inc. in order to have them comply with the non-solicit clause included in Ubisoft Montreal’s employee work contracts. The Superior Court of Québec has granted the injunctions to the satisfaction of Ubisoft. This procedure aims to protect Ubisoft Montreal in a breach of contract situation, and to defend the long-term financial and creative health of the studio."

Assassin's Creed artistic director Alex Drouin, production manager Mark Besner, and associate producer Jean-Francois Boivin also suddenly decided to leave Ubisoft, citing various reasons. THQ then employed the three apparently at the behest of Désilets.

"I don't think I can talk about the other three people we've already contracted because I wouldn't … I just know Patrice said, 'I need these three guys.' And I said 'Okay! Whatever you need!'" said THQ's Danny Bilson. "We put all of them on retention and got them started on their non-compete [clauses]. I kind of know what their roles are, but they were the most important people to Patrice. All three of them are Ubi."

Bilson's above statement means that Désilets involvement in recruiting these ex-Ubisoft members puts him breach of his contract, specifically the non-compete clause that prevents Désilets from recruiting staff from his former employer for up to one year.

Upon presenting the case to a judge, Ubisoft obtained an injunction against THQ and Patrice Désilets on January 26th, 2011, but moves were still being made to snap up Ubisoft staff to join THQ Montreal, which has led to the issuing of this latest injunction against Désilets and THQ.


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Comment #1 by WINAS3
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 04:50:36 AM
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Oh Snap!

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Comment #2 by FatMachismo
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 05:21:04 AM
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I thought stuff like non-compete clauses only occured in sports. If people want to leave you're company and it's just work, they obviously want to go somewhere else. If you're a good employer then you should just let them go.

Also...Ubisoft obviously felt left out in the EA/Acti thing so decided they should make their own lawsuit/courtcase!!

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Comment #3 by aaron123111
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 06:10:49 AM
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Does this mean that there will be no more assassins creed or does that mean a really different approach and style to it??

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Comment #4 by HiramJ
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 06:14:07 AM
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Comment #5 by G35coupe
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 06:16:10 AM
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There will be more Assassins Creed games. They might not be as good as expected, but you never know a refresh might be needed.

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Comment #6 by Klis
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 06:41:23 AM
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Damn, there all at it now :/
And this IS a genuinely good franchise :(

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Comment #7 by Klis
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 06:41:51 AM
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Comment #8 by EmptyFibers
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 06:58:11 AM
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Politics everywhere...., what a F*&^ up world!

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Comment #9 by Ol_Moldy_Noah
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 06:59:23 AM
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Wow. Ubisoft had been making some really good games lately too. Hopefully this isnt too much of a step backward for them.

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Comment #10 by Intruder777
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 07:00:24 AM
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Also hostile takeovers are fair to. They all do the same shit.some don't. Get caught

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Comment #11 by craigdck
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 07:03:25 AM
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I don't think that this is bad for gamers. After the dust settles, we will have another AC, and some other game from THQ.

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Comment #12 by JBear
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 07:23:48 AM
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@2, agree. This only highlights Ubi in a bad light, which i don't mind. Hurry up with my Saints Row 3 Thq :D

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Comment #13 by Faulknor
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 10:13:22 AM
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They should have recruited some decent developers to make Homefront.

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Comment #14 by nycking
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 10:41:58 AM
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I still hope there will be an Assassin's Creed 3 game.

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Comment #15 by Catscan93
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 02:04:23 PM
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Comment #16 by timewarp
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 06:06:10 PM
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wait so let me get this right here because this sounds so f**cking stupid. Some people who work for Ubisoft deicded they wanted to work for THQ, THQ hired them and now Ubisoft is attacking THQ with an injunction because their workers made the choice to work for someone else.

Please tell me I'm not the only one thinking this is retarded. It's like games designers can't even decide who they want to work for without the publishing companies throwing a tantrum.

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US November 16, 2010
Europe November 19, 2010
Japan December 09, 2010

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