Sega has sued Level-5 for infringing on their patents.
Now this is something you hear companies do regularly, and for absurd reasons. This one looks to be a bit major since they are seeking to halt sales and also 900 million yen in damages, that is approximately $11 million.
Level-5 is not a big company so this is something that they would really take seriously. Sega is also seeking disposal of all 8 Inazuma Eleven titles which brings in a bit of revenue for the company.
Level-5 has said that they will challenge this and present a counter case. The first oral proceedings will be held on December 7.
According to a rough translation, this is the reason for them suing Level-5.
“A mechanism to manipulate the characters by touching the screen with your finger or pen.” Sega is claiming that “two patents acquired by the company has been compromised”.
It’s really trivial for something to sue over, but that’s how these things work I guess. Level 5 responded by saying “we will prepare a rebuttal,” but declined to comment further.
Stay tuned for more information.