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Game company Brash Entertainment sued by two developers*

November 17, 2008 |  3:52 pm

Brash Entertainment, the Hollywood game company that shut down last week, has been sued in Los Angeles County Superior Court by two game developers alleging nonpayment.

Brash, which kicked off in June 2007 with great fanfare and promises of $400 million in financing, struggled to find footing in the fast-growing but hyper-competitive video game industry. As negative reviews rolled in and financing dried up, Brash exercised a clause in its contracts with outside developers to cancel projects without cause.

Two of those developers are now alleging that Brash failed to adequately pay them.

In a lawsuit filed Friday, Slovenian game developer Zootfly alleges that Brash owes it $748,000 for work on a game based on the television show "Prison Break." Brash canceled the game Sept. 30.

In another lawsuit, filed Oct. 30, California 7 Studios claims Brash neglected to pay it $581,000 for developing two video games. One game, 9, was canceled Oct. 2. A second title, Fun Park, came out on the Nintendo DS on Nov. 11. But the fate of the Wii version, which was scheduled to ship Dec. 9, remains a mystery.

Calls to Brash Chief Executive Mitch Davis and spokeswoman Abby Topolsky were not returned.

-- Alex Pham

*A previous version of this post said Fun Park had not been released. Although the Nintendo Wii version hadn't, a version for Nintendo DS came out on Nov. 11.

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