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Zuffa Threatens UbiSoft, Software Company Taps Out

The game in the video above is Fighters Uncaged, a fighting game for the XboX 360 that utilizes the XBoX Kinect motion control system to turn the game player into the game controller. The on-screen character replicates the movements that the player makes in his living room, and virtual beatdowns ensue. That’s the concept, at least. In reality, the game has been beaten up so bad by critics that Dana White wanted to fire it.

Developed by AMA Studios and published by UbiSoft, the French company known for franchises Assassin’s Creed, Rayman, FarCry, and every Tom Clancy-inspired video game you’ve ever heard of, Fighters Uncaged has been universally panned for being a giant turd sandwich of entertainment.  Props for taking risks and pushing the envelope, we guess, but this was a case where UbiSoft quality control let them down.

Apparently, their marketing and legal teams let them down as well.  The original packaging for Fighters Uncaged, players are invited to “Become the ULTIMATE FIGHTING weapon!”.

Uh oh.  No way that’s going to fly with the UFC.

So Zuffa’s legal team contacted UbiSoft and pointed out that “ultimate fighting” is kind of a brand-name sort of thing, and that Zuffa actually owns a trademark on the phrase “ultimate fighting”, and “ultimate fighting” is only done when Zuffa says it is, and unless UbiSoft wanted to get “ultimately fought”, they needed to stop selling the game and retool the packaging.

And according to a press release, UbiSoft collectively threws its hands in the air crying “MERDE!”, then quickly surrendered and agreed to all terms.

No word yet on if the company will actually try to push out more copies of this abomination, but it doesn’t matter because you don’t want it.  Just trust us.  You’re welcome.

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Peetee- August 27, 2011 at 1:08 am
Next trey're going to sue every sport using the word "championship"...
GistoftheFist- August 26, 2011 at 7:16 pm
Yes, if you look at the other motion capture fighting game, you'll see that it has shitty controls too. When will people learn that waving your lunchlady arms around at a screen won't register in the goddamn game? How about you make another power glove while you're at it, fuckin smacktards.
noizy- August 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm
Awesome gameplay. What is it, 500ms+ of lag?
SquidInk- August 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm
Join us next week when Dana White trademarks the word "the."
J-Dog- August 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm
I want to see some pre-teen try that drop kick move in his living room and suffer the consequences on his lower back. That sounded hateful...
Fried Taco- August 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm
I am looking forward to this game so I can be like Jake Shieldzzzzz and lay on my opponent the whole time.
XENOPHON- August 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm
I guess they got a case, but who cares. The french will say, "oh so sorry", let us change that moving forward.
XENOPHON- August 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm
I thought the brand name is Ultimate Fighting Championship?
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