In 2007 Atari signed a 10 year deal to look after the digital rights of Dungeons & Dragons. The goal was to have the computer game company do more of Dungeons & Dragons Online, Neverwinter Nights and other digital successes.
It all went wrong in the last few days of 2009 with Wizards of the Coast’s owner, Hasbro, sued Atari for breaching the licensing argreement and fraud. The concern was around Atari’s decision to sub-license the D&D brand out to partners like Namco Bandai.
It’s many months later and Atari and Hasbro have announced a settlement. The digital rights for D&D have been returned to Wizards of the Coast. However, it looks like bridges have been mended because Atari will continue to develop and market other games for Hasbro and Wizards. Atari will continue to promote Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale and the forthcoming Facebook game Heroes of Neverwinter.