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Wargaming.net Sues Former Developers Over Use of "Blitz" Name

March 26, 2020

By: Patrick Perrault

 
 

Today, news broke that Wargaming.net has sued Blitz Team, a mobile company founded by former management at the World of Tanks developer.

The lawsuit was submitted to the US District Court in Los Angeles, California, and it seeks to cancel Blitz Team's trademark applications.

 

Apparently, Blitz Team received $10 million, which included a share in WOTB's (World of Tanks: Blitz) revenue, with the terms of the agreement explicitly stating that there were not to compete with Wargaming or to try and hire Wargaming employees for a set period of time after leaving the company.

"Wargaming contends that defendants' selection of the name Blitz was made deliberately, in bad faith, and for the sole purpose of taking unfair advantage of the reputation and goodwill of Wargaming's well-known Blitz trademarks," said the company in a statement.

Blitz Team was founded in April 2018 by a former Wargaming management team. Before they left Wargaming, they were the leaders of the World of Tanks Blitz group and was known internally as the "Blitz Team".

 
 

"After the departures, Wargaming learned that the former management team had made plans to leave Wargaming and form a new video game company, before negotiations were completed, by no later than February 2018," said the company's legal counsel.

"Wargaming has also uncovered evidence that members of the Former Management Team began soliciting Wargaming's employees to join the new video game company that became Blitz Team LLC while they were still employed by Wargaming."

Apparently this isn't the first time that Wargaming has tried to sue this specific group of former employees either. According to a blog post by Blitz Team, Wargaming tried to sue its former employees $1,690,00 million because they had unlawfully uploaded proprietary software to GitHub.

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