Sega is suing Level-5, claiming that the Inazuma Eleven football game series is in violation of two of its patents. The suit is in direct relation to the manipulation of a character in game with the usage of a stylus or finger. Sega is seeking damages of ¥900 million (£6.78m), and also wants to block the sale of all eight Inazuma Eleven games. Level-5 has responded, saying, “We are preparing to refute the claim, and will withhold any further comment at this time.”
The first Inazuma Eleven game was released in 2008 on the Nintendo DS, and, along with seven other subsequent games, has spawned several anime and manga adaptations; the most recent of which, Inazuma Eleven Go vs. Danbōru Senki W, was released in Japanese cinemas earlier this month.