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Quebec Court of Appeal Unanimously Rules in Favor of THQ in Case against Ubisoft

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2011-- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) announced today that the Quebec Court of Appeal for the District of Montreal, unanimously rendered a judgment in favor of THQ Montreal Inc. and its parent company THQ Inc. striking down a provisional injunction originally obtained by Ubisoft Divertissements which prohibited THQ from soliciting Ubisoft employees who were to THQ’s knowledge bound by a non-compete provision with Ubisoft.

The dispute originally arose after THQ announced that award-winning developer Patrice Désilets would be joining THQ Montreal to create an exciting new original intellectual property after he resigned as Creative Director of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise.

The judgment was rendered by a three judge bench, and overturned a lower Court decision which had issued a provisional injunction against THQ.

In reaching its decision, the Court of Appeal agreed with all of THQ's arguments and dismissed the lower Court decision on the grounds that THQ was not bound by any non-competition restrictions and was therefore free to solicit any Ubisoft employee, provided THQ's efforts did not amount to unfair competition. The Court went on to conclude that THQ's solicitation of Ubisoft employees did not constitute unfair competition but rather the exercise of its legitimate legal rights based on the principle of liberty of commerce and trade. Its competition with Ubisoft was neither illicit nor disloyal.

"The Court of Appeal’s decision is a tremendous victory for THQ Montreal and all of the creative talent working in the video game industry in Montreal. We are thrilled with the Court’s decision in this matter because we believe strongly in an individual’s freedom to choose where they want to be employed,” said Ed Kaufman, EVP, Business and Legal Affairs, THQ. "Our goal has always been to promote free competition and to allow the many creative talent in the interactive entertainment industry in Montreal to be able to choose where they want to work. We believe the Court of Appeal’s decision will promote competition, alleviate people’s fears and encourage more talented people to join Patrice and our other creative employees at our state-of-the-art studio in Montreal.”

About THQ

THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at http://www.thq.com/. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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Source: THQ Inc.

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