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Machine Zone and Kabam resolve trade secret lawsuit

Machine Zone and Kabam resolve trade secret lawsuit

September 11, 2015 | By Chris Kerr

September 11, 2015 | By Chris Kerr
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Mobile developers Machine Zone and Kabam have ended their legal battle, with both companies releasing a joint statement explaining that they have "amicably resolved the matter."

It's an abrupt end to a feud that started at Casual Connect in San Francisco, when, during a post-show party at the Clift Hotel, Machine Zone CEO Gabe Leydon and Kabam's Daniel Wiggins began to argue about Machine Zone's recent performance.

During a heated exchange, Wiggins apparently revealed that he'd had access to confidential Machine Zone data - details of which he reportedly began reciting back to Leydon. 

As a result of that meeting, Machine Zone filed a lawsuit against Kabam, alleging that the company had leaked confidential data about its financials, an unreleased game, and its proprietary analytics.

However, less than a month later, Leydon has revealed that "the concerns" that prompted Machine Zone's filing of the suit "have been allayed."

Kabam COO Kent Wakeford said the publisher is "happy to put this matter behind us," adding that "the behavior of one employee as described in the lawsuit is not representative of how we do business."



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