Activision Blizzard sues Netflix for poaching CFO

Activision Blizzard is not happy with the streaming service.

Activision Blizzard is suing streaming giant Netflix for stealing one of the game’s executives, according to court documents filed.

In 2018, Activision Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann left the company to join Netflix in the same role. Game publishers seem to be dissatisfied with how they get streaming services.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday (via Variety), Activision attorneys were torn apart in Netflix’s recruitment process. “Netflix has shown a pattern in which Netflix only cares about attracting and hiring the people it wants, regardless of whether it violates the law along the way.”

“Netflix’s illegal activity is neither pioneering nor innovative, it just reflects Netflix’s disdain for California law,” he added.

Netflix has been sued twice before for similar actions by Fox and Viacom.

To further complicate this, the suspicion of poaching came after the two companies negotiated a partnership at about the same time. The proceedings said, “To make matters worse, Netflix was torting when Activision, with the help of Neuman, was negotiating with Netflix about a commercial partnership to deliver Activision’s linear media content. Engaged in. “

Although never mentioned in the proceedings, this timeline is consistent with reports that Activision and Netflix were exploring the idea of ​​creating a Diablo show. The two have previously produced content in the form of Skylanders Academy.

Activision has a permanent injunction that Netflix “will not recruit Activision employees who are subject to a valid fixed-term contract or force them to violate a valid fixed-term employment contract.” I’m asking for an order.

Activision also seeks compensation and punitive damages. Money in normal language.

This is not the first time a game publisher has filed a lawsuit over the perception of poaching. Former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampera have left the company to sign a sales contract with EA to establish Respawn Entertainment. Activision sued it, but eventually settled out of court.

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Activision Blizzard suing Netflix for allegedly poaching CFO

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