Microsoft is being sued by French developer In-Fusio, which alleges the Redmond giant is wrongfully seeking to terminate a US $2 million (EUR 1.5m) mobile gaming deal.
In-Fusio claims Microsoft has refused to approve its game designs, leading the mobile developer to withhold the second of four US $500,000 (EUR 376,000) payments. Microsoft is citing this lack of payment as justification for ending the agreement.
Last September, In-Fusio announced a deal to bring Halo content to mobile phones, beginning with wallpapers and ringtones, with the recent lawsuit describing the services as a prelude to a full mobile game.
However, the developer now believes the Xbox manufacturer has purposefully ignored efforts to create a title, stating in the suit: "Microsoft has thwarted In-Fusio's efforts to develop Halo under the agreement."
The suit continues: "Indeed, in the last 11 months, Microsoft has approved no fully developed In-Fusio game designs; ignoring and then refusing to accept In-Fusio's game design concepts with little or no explanation and leaving In-Fusio little basis to revise its concepts to obtain Microsoft's approval."
In-Fusio is seeking damages and an injunction on Microsoft.