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Atari Settles 'Dragonball Z' (ALL) Dispute With FUNimation

by Rainier on Dec. 10, 2007 @ 2:19 p.m. PST

Atari announced that it settled its previously reported Dragonball Z dispute with FUNimation Productions Ltd., and under the terms of the agreement will pay FUNimation $3.5 million.

Under the terms of the settlement, Atari, Inc. paid to FUNimation $3.5 million, comprised of a cash payment of approximately $2.7 million and a reduction of $0.8 million in the amount of the recoupable royalty advance made to FUNimation. Atari, Inc. originally paid FUNimation $10 million in January 2004 to secure the exclusive interactive U.S. rights for the Dragon Ball Z franchise through January 2010. As previously disclosed in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, the Company reserved the settlement as of September 30, 2007.

"With this dispute behind Atari, Inc. we look forward to continuing our relationship with FUNimation and continuing to deliver to our consumers exciting products from the Dragon Ball Z franchise," said Curtis G. Solsvig III, Chief Restructuring Officer of Atari, Inc.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 is the first Dragon Ball Z title to incorporate online play with the Wii, making it one of this holiday's must- have fighting titles. Fans playing on the PlayStation 2 system have the option to unlock several more hours of hidden game play with the Disc Fusion System, which requires either Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 1 or 2 to unlock never- before-seen battles.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 features a roster of over 150 playable characters, 30 enormous and varying 3D battle environments, fine-tuned fighting controls for the Wii and revamped audio, including the original Japanese voices.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, rated T for Teen, is currently available on PS2 and the Wii for a suggested retail price of $49.95.

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