Chipset maker 3Dfx has extended its lawsuit against Sega over alleged unfair competition by including NEC and UK company Videologic as co-defendants.
3Dfx took out the initial case against Sega earlier this autumn after it had claimed both had signed a deal to produce a 3D graphics accerelator for a future game console.
But now 3Dfx is alleging that NEC and Videologic encouraged Sega to break the agreement and switch to their own technology. It wants compensation of $105 million.
The company, which went public in June in this year, also alleges that NEC and Videologic interefered with the Sega-3Dfx agreement so it could obtain the benefits, may have misappropriated 3Dfx trade secrets and engaged in unfair competition.
A statement from Videologic said: ?We believe these claims are entirely baseless and without merit. The company will defend the action alongside Sega and NEC. Sega has publicly denied and refuted claims by 3Dfx and intends to aggressively defend the action.?
Said Roy Taylor, joint MD of Vanguard Microelectronics: ?3Dfx is establishing very quickly a new standard in the PC games business. If they continue to be successful, they will become as much a standard for 3D as Creative Labs is for sound products.?
Hercules, Diamond and Orchid use the 3Dfx chipset, Taylor added.
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