French studio Nobilis has accused publisher SouthPeak of not paying for its development services, allegedly leading the developer to take its million-selling My Baby
franchise to new publisher Majesco.
"We confirm that all the contracts signed with SouthPeak in the U.S. or in the UK have been terminated after...breaches from SouthPeak, notably for non-payment," said Nobilis managing director Arnaud Blacher in a Monday IndustryGamers report
"We also confirm that we brought the litigation with SouthPeak to court to defend our rights," Blacher added. "We remain very confident on the outcome of these legal actions."
SouthPeak did not -- as of the publishing of this article -- return a phone call by Gamasutra requesting a response to the allegations of non-payment.
In June, Majesco issued a press release saying that it signed a deal with Nobilis to publish My Baby 3 & Friends
for Nintendo DS. SouthPeak said in May that the My Baby
games had sold over 1 million units.
Last week, SouthPeak said that it is suing Cooking Mama publisher Majesco
over the rights of My Baby
. SouthPeak, which has been hit with legal and financial problems over the past several months, claims that it still owns the rights to the franchise.
Said Blacher, "We vigorously contest the statement made by SouthPeak. The rights of My Baby 3
have been legally transferred to Majesco and in the strict respect of the previous contracts signed with SouthPeak."
He added, "We also confirm that we brought the litigation with SouthPeak to court to defend our rights. We remain very confident on the outcome of these legal actions."