THQ have recently filed a suit against Activision Blizzard for copyright infringement over the cover art for their upcoming game SCORE International Baja 1000. THQ have earlier released Baja Edge of Control and the publisher is bothered because Activision Blizzard are using an (almost) identical picture for their game’s cover art. Yeah, it’s quite messy.
THQ first revealed their cover art for Baja Edge of Control, developed by 2XL Games, in June before shipping the game in September. The publisher states they have contacted Activision Blizzard earlier this month and urged them to prepare alternative covert art. When Activision Blizzard refused, THQ then asked the court to hinder the game’s release. To further set things straight, THQ say they are entitled to any profits that are made over the game if it’s released with the current cover art.
Things can’t be easy for Mr. Cover-artist over at Activision Blizzard. This one has obviously gone beyond any line that can be classified as inspiration. It’s not like you can’t tell them apart but I dare say that it’s a solid case of plagiarism. It’s going to be interesting to see how the court’s decision turns out.