Atari fights to keep Dragon Ball Z

FUNimation claims deal for games based on popular anime was terminated after publisher violated license agreements.

It's been a rough month for Atari, starting with the dismissal of five members of its board of directors, courtesy of parent company Infogrames. While the outgoing directors had been replaced within a week, a group of frustrated Atari shareholders accused Infogrames of intentionally undermining the company's stock price in preparation to buy out the remaining shareholders.

The month is ending with even more corporate drama for the company, as an Atari Securities and Exchange Commission filing last week revealed that it is currently embroiled in a dispute over its Dragon Ball Z license.

According to Atari, the company has the rights to release games based on the series thanks to a pair of agreements with US anime firm FUNimation Productions. However, the publisher received a notice from FUNimation earlier this month accusing it of breaching those agreements.

As a result, FUNimation now claims that Atari's license to make Dragon Ball Z games has been terminated. Atari doesn't agree and has been distributing the games as usual. The two companies are now in talks to reach a temporary agreement that would buy them time to resolve their issues regarding the original license.

Dragon Ball Z has been Atari's most prolific licensed property in recent years, bringing in $85 million in the company's fiscal 2005, according to its latest annual report. The remainder of Atari's current catalog is headlined by properties like Dungeons & Dragons, Backyard Sports, and Godzilla. Should Atari lose the Dragon Ball Z license, it would join Driver, Stuntman, Transformers, and a handful of Hasbro games like Monopoly as high-profile losses to the publisher's stable of properties.

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kh2gamer
kh2gamer

what do publishers really do with video games besides publish them?

tenjhohedgehog9
tenjhohedgehog9

So is this why there releasing Tenkaichi 4(Raging Blast) on the 360 and PS3 only?

tenlong
tenlong

They are still making dbz games . Just not released by atari. Namco bandai will most likely released the new games.

skywalkerforce
skywalkerforce

KAAAAAAAAA MEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAA MEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAAAAAA

joedf00
joedf00

WHAT THE? I'm getting a wii and budokai tenkaichi 3 then no Budokai Tenkaichi 4 or 5? That's poppycock of poppycockiness of poppycockers!

pichblack56
pichblack56

Tat they get in trouble for making a good game wat kind of crap is that man ive watched that anime since i was 6

gavinescoe
gavinescoe

SHUT THE HELL UP WHO DOYA THINK WILL MAKE MORE DBZ GAMES

gavinescoe
gavinescoe

That SUCKS!!!!!!. SSSUUUCCKKKSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE D B Z

F-Gohan
F-Gohan

What?! Now Atari is in troubule for selling a good DBZ game. ridiculous. i'm a huge DBZ fan. This is not good news

Desalater6
Desalater6

this is not good im a fan of DBZ iv bin watching DBZ since i was 7

MakUub
MakUub

This can't be this is not a good thing for atari

searingSKITSO
searingSKITSO

this could be a good thing. the last game was ok but nothing to brag about, if some one else had the rights they might actually make a realy good game, not just a mediocre fighting game.

MakUub
MakUub

This is bad please let atari keep thier liscence

Dark_nesss
Dark_nesss

Atari only publishes them....but i would wish spike would hand over the game making license to some1 else im tired of these crappy games...the only good ones were the original Budokais the Tenkaichi series just blows hard...

MakUub
MakUub

I think Atari should keep DBZ games what if the make it much better than the last one and the last let them keep it please I beg u

flash786
flash786

yeah i realy loved atari after they released our beloved dbz series......well it will be a great loss for atari if they lose dbz and it will be a loss for us to

megamanzero32
megamanzero32

Meh, I used to hate Atari, but until they brought out B3, I actually clapped and paid attention. I would like them to keep making the games, just ummmm.....bring back B3 please >_> *misses being a counter whore T_T*

perurocks914
perurocks914

hey guys im not a stalker but if you give me your wii number we could play online on super smash when it comes out so i can see if gamespot gamers have a real challenger. It will be fun no homo My wii number is 5237 6606 8876 2482

taven14
taven14

This game is amazing you should get it if you liked the first bcuase its better that tye first one but only a little and i still fun beating the hell out of ya oponent but can get boring

perurocks914
perurocks914

Im just glad that the Wii version will have online play. Finally i can beat people from Jappan who think there so hard core with these games. Americans are just as good (if we set are mind to it)

flip13lolb
flip13lolb

ok dbz bt2 was good on wii I don't want them to change something going so well IF IT AIN'T BROKE DON'T FIX IT I MEAN COME ON

PS2to-the-end
PS2to-the-end

Awwww... COME ON!!!! Atari MADE these games what they are! If it were'nt for Atari, DBZ games would surely suck!

Sonic_Freak12
Sonic_Freak12

What? Atari's license to make DBZ games has been terminated?! No way they should have give Atari a chance. If there aren't new DBZ games I'm bored!

gamgameboy100
gamgameboy100

This sucks I was so waiting for this game to come out this month .Already have it fully paid off in the reserve and everything.Im tired of waiting! First Brawl and now this

MakUub
MakUub

this sucks eggs big time they shd just give Atari another chance they keep ruining the game dates because of this crap i don't no why this keeps happening this is bad

MakUub
MakUub

I'm piiiiiiiiiiiissseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed this is stupid why are they duin this they shud just let atari keep DBZ it's fair so what what if the made a mistake

perurocks914
perurocks914

im just pissed because they keep moving the release dates for games that are really going to make money like Super Smash and DBZ the wait just keeps growing

IgotNoGoodName
IgotNoGoodName

well salmangoku not saying that for sure or anything but if they do cut from each other im sure atari would try to sell whats left but that could put a limit on the game so they wouldnt keep making it so it would definatly disapear but im sure it will be sold for a long time

alberto2045
alberto2045

wait didnt they just realeased a DBZ Tenkaichi game recenty I keep seeing a new DBZ game in the magazines well not matter DBZ is the best along with Saint Seiya

suprsolider
suprsolider

Well, all Atari has to do is make a agreement with Toei who owns the DBZ rights in the first place. Funimation has been granted (they down own the rights) to Dragonball. Toei is the real boss, so they just have to make a deal with Toei and cut Funimation at the pass if they want to be dicks.

salmangoku
salmangoku

Igotnogoodgame wrote: well no offense but duh the games gunna come out i mean they would never just take away a game i know people reserved it and if FUNimation took away from Atari BAD business so many people would be pissed i reserved my game today because i heard ps2 might be sold tomorrow if your right though then this might be a one shipment deal and there wont be a wii version does that mean that there will be only one shippent of this game to each store?

beastmr2
beastmr2

i still think the best dbz game was budokai 3

IgotNoGoodName
IgotNoGoodName

well no offense but duh the games gunna come out i mean they would never just take away a game i know people reserved it and if FUNimation took away from Atari BAD business so many people would be pissed i reserved my game today because i heard ps2 might be sold tomorrow if your right though then this might be a one shipment deal and there wont be a wii version

perurocks914
perurocks914

they should just let this game come out and give the license to another company or the wait was for nothing

SuperTrunks11
SuperTrunks11

**** i agree this sucks i hope they will still DBZ games.

IgotNoGoodName
IgotNoGoodName

**** this SUCKS FUNimation are fools its great games and if they keep the good games up from atari kids will want to watch the series (because you know they are coming out with seasons 1-whatever) the more atari makes kick ass DBZ games kids will want to buy more dbz franchize giving FUNimation more money and keep fans happy so if they are doing it for money or for the fans its hard to say i think its becoming pride? WELL whatever **** comes from this maybe a new company with some more promise can get a DBZ grip....or one with less talent.... pray for the best

salmangoku
salmangoku

And will Tenkaichi 3 for ps2 release or not and for wii?

salmangoku
salmangoku

Just like everyone wants to know what rule/regulation did Atari break or this this a stunt for popularity?

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I just think that Atari needs to approach the DBZ games in a new fashion than they've done before. It might lead to an exceptional game! :) But yeah that would suck if they lost it because that's a good sized moneymaker for them!

monk12345
monk12345

Huh, so Atari is losing their only cash cow. I wonder what rules did they break? @Grib85 Only the budokai games are good dragonball games and they aren't even made by Atari. For those who didn't know, they only publish it, while the game is actually made by Spike in japan. That means there only job is localizing and translating it. Those medicore action rpg dragonballs games are only the ones that are actually developed by themselves.

Misfit119
Misfit119

Yeah lets take DBZ away from them and hopefully get a good developer on the DBZ games. It could do for someone else handling it... just not EA, dear god.

Ultra_Saiyan13
Ultra_Saiyan13

they should make more awesome Dragon Ball Z games. they are great!

Sokol4ever
Sokol4ever

Hopefully the agreement is found, Dragon Ball is a great franchise and a good Anime.

happyfaceboy
happyfaceboy

atari...it is time for a new anime to play with

jannlee111
jannlee111

well i love all dbz games except i never played super dbz i heard it sucked. i did play sagas. was disapointed, but still loved for it was dbz. i think atari should be able to keep the license and if they want to give it to someone else they should do that too. there should be two companies with dbz franchise merchandise. think about twice the dbz games. that would be boner-rific!!!

lillan2967
lillan2967

Dragonball Z is a great concept for a game, and if a developer can precisely capture the action that made it special, then it could possibly be one of the best games ever. But that would be very hard to do.

fullmetalsonic
fullmetalsonic

atari make the next one be for you lose the licensed plz i liked all the games (but Sagas) man...