Yesterday we had reported that Level-5 was being sued by Sega over Inazuma Eleven patent infringement. But now according to reports, Level-5 is planning to fight it out in the court. Level-5 has has posted a notice on it’s official website stating that the first Inazuma Eleven game which was released back in 2008 which is a year before Sega patented the technology.
“Inazuma Eleven does not violate Sega’s patents,” says the notice. Level-5 has also mentioned that the touch pen controls were also used before Sega filed for these patents.
“As a result of examining these discrepancies,” Level-5 stated, “we’ve concluded that there is no patent violation.”
“While Inazuma Eleven does not violate Sega’s patent, we do recognize that Sega’s lawsuit could restrict choices in gaming from here on out as well as hindering the growth of the game industry.”
So there you have it. Level-5 actually believes that this law suit by Sega could actually hinder the growth of the industry. It is question 900 million Yen which is probably a massive amount of money for Level-5. We will keep you updated on how this pans out.
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