In the filing, Ansari alleged that John Riccitiello, chief executive of EA, verbally committed to investing $5 million in Hivemind. However, Wright was worried this would affect EA’s relationship with Stupid Fun Club as a result, it stated.
Late last year, Wright and Parekh then tried to shut down Hivemind and claim the intellectual property for Stupid Fun Club, the filing alleged. It also stated that social games giant Zynga was in talks to acquire Hivemind, with a deal valued at $75 million.
Wright and Parekh resigned in December, and allege that no deals for Hivemind were in place at all. Ansari was a poor employee, says the countersuit, and was unable to do basic tasks, even accusing him of trying to smear Wright’s reputation.
“It didn’t work out at all,” Wright explained. “Hivemind is still a company. But it has no money. No nothing. It’s just sitting there because of the litigation. It is frozen. It’s so complex and there’s quite a bit of disappointment.”
“It’s a shame this didn’t work out,” he continued. “We have to find out where this is going in the near term.”
Control an artificial Will Smith down to the molecular level! Control hormone levels, increase cellular salinity, and dispose of waste products in order to allow the game-developer mastermind to accomplish his work each day!
Madness; it’s the only blockbuster steampunk film ever released (well, okay, parts of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen come close) and it stars the deliciously hateable Kenneth Branaugh as the villain–dude played Professor Lockhart perfectly in HP2 :).
ANYWAY, the takeaway here seems to be that Will is not the best businessman in the world. Hiring some guy as CEO who utterly fails on all fronts, then who turns around and sues you for firing him? That’s, like, the most basic C-level fuckup: hiring a bozo CEO. Doesn’t bode well for Will’s other future business dealings.