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    Activision is taking Netflix to court, over the latter allegedly stealing their CFO while he was still under contract. This isn't the first time this has happened before, as both Viacom and Fox have sued Netflix, and won, in the past over these same claims, in 2018 and 2019 respectively. However, this is the first time Netflix has potentially poached someone from a video game company. News outlet Deadline has posted the legal document, which shows that Activision Blizzard is seeking punitive damages for Netflix's actions, along with a ruling that would prevent Netflix from ever trying to hiring any current Activision workers with contracts. A few snippets from the legal papers have Activision lawyers claiming that "to shape its workforce to its desires, Netflix not only ruthlessly fires its own employees that it deems “adequate,” but is engaged in a years-long campaign of unlawfully poaching executives from Netflix’s competitors regardless of their contractual obligations. In so doing, Netflix intentionally disregards well-established California law".

    The at the time Activision Blizzard CFO, Spencer Neumann, had a contract with the company that began in 2017, and spanned until April of 2020. Despite this, Neumann bailed on his Activision job in favor of being employed by Netflix in early 2019, regardless of the contract breach. According to the document, Netflix's co-CEO Reed Hastings was directly involved in hiring Neumann, meaning the "disregard" for the law went all the way up to the top of the streaming giant. Activision hasn't specified just how much money they're seeking in damages, but it'll be determined in the ensuing court trial.

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  3. SkittleDash

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    Oh fuck off, Activision. Like you actually care. Not only that, I spy a bit of hypocrisy. You say Netflix ruthlessly fires their employees but... It wasn't long ago you did the exact fucking thing.
     
  4. leon315

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    None of them are saints, This all about fight between Hyena and Wolf, Welcome to capitalism!
     
  5. RyRyIV

    RyRyIV We're All Mad Here
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    Is this why Netflix keeps raising its prices? To find these legal battles?
     
  6. Latiodile

    Latiodile Profesionnal Scalie
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    i remember the billions and billions of tv ads saying that netflix was "just $8 a month and you get access to everything"
     
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    Lmao that’s hilarious.
     
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    Latiodile Profesionnal Scalie
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    i remember the ones that had hamsters
     
  9. Lang_Kasempo

    Lang_Kasempo Gbatemp's Official Bi-hugger
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    Unrelated but, can I know where your profile pic is from?
     
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  10. SkittleDash

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    I've been getting it a lot recently... It's from Hyperdimension Neptunia. Purple Heart and Iris Heart.
     
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  11. Lang_Kasempo

    Lang_Kasempo Gbatemp's Official Bi-hugger
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    Hmm, weird. I don't know why people would be that interested in your profile pic :eyes:
     
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    LOL. Are you talking to yourself ? :rofl2:Activision isn't coming here to read your message. If they did and they aren't going to care.

    I know how you feel but that's how system works. Its everywhere.. Always about money. Greedy! :)
     
  13. Lang_Kasempo

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    I... think he knows Activision isn't going to read it
    He was only expressing an opinion lmao
     
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    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Legend
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    Yeah, I know. It is just funny to read. That's good to see someone say something to the wall or an invisible person, LMAO!
     
  15. Lang_Kasempo

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    You seem like you are trying too hard to laugh at someone who was only expressing an opinion
     
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    To be honest, the value in the service is a lot bigger than it used to be. Their original shows alone are really good value as they are pretty consistent with their quality (Queens Gambit was GREAT). Though, that’s only because they know people will stay subscribed if they keep putting out shows. Nowadays, the contract tv shows and movies are just extras to the originals
    Definitely not the bargain it used to be but it’s far from a scam
     
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    netflix who the fuck still uses that when i can just pirate the fuck out of whatever i want on USN and KEEP IT FOREVER
     
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    My mind immediately went to whale wars with an Activision and Netflix boat firing harpoons at the same whale.
     
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    Well Activision needs to get relevant again it seems ...

    While I get where you are coming from ... downloaded everything for years and years ... Netflix has really changed that behavior for me. And I'm not alone when it comes to that I guess.

    Do not get me wrong usenet is still wonderful for a lot of reasons ... but Netflix is just ease of use with what is available being always perfect. With Usenet you still have to know what quality you want, if it includes subs, if it has a certain audio channel / format and so on. Sure you can automate the crap out of that ... but still it all are things to consider.
     
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  20. Viri

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    Yeah, I cancelled after the first price hike, and never came back, lol. Now it feels like every media company wants their own "Netflix", and is turning streaming into "cable 2.0"

    I remember when people were freaking out like it was doomsday, when the FCC in the US killed net neutrality, yet fuck all has happened since then. The only thing that became more "cable like" was the streaming services.

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    Anyone remember this image? lol
     
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  21. HarvHouHacker

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    I think if the CFO wants to work elsewhere, he should be allowed to. It's actually kind of Activision's fault, here, for trying to keep him under contract when he doesn't want to be. I think they should settle this out of court before it gets out of hand.

    While Netflix may be the kind of company that Activision claims, I don't think that is the case here.
     
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