MMO Week in Review: Crytek’s Star Citizen lawsuit (December 17, 2017)

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Never let it be said that December is a dead month! This week, CryEngine company Crytek filed the paperwork to sue Cloud Imperium and Roberts Space Industries, the studios behind crowdfunding behemoth and eternally delayed MMO Star Citizen. Why? Crytek alleges that the Star Citizen studios are violating the engine’s copyright by using it for a second game, Squadron 42. CIG and RSI, mind you, have vehemently denied the accusation, arguing that they’re no longer using CryEngine at all and will fight the suit in court. And now I gotta rewrite our “biggest MMO legal battles of the year” post because I didn’t see this one coming!

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David Goodman

Heh. The interesting thing is, the lawsuit ACKNOWLEDGES that they claim they aren’t using the engine any more– that’s part of the problem.

One of the terms of their GLA (Game Liscensing Agreement) with CryTek is that they EXCLUSIVELY use CryTek to develop the game, and that they are in violation by NOT using them.

Which if it’s in the GLA, then shame on SC. Also, shame on SC for signing on and agreeing to something like that in the first place.

However, from the analysis i’ve read and listened to (YouTube ‘Lawful Masses with Leonard French’) says that, at 15 pages, it’s very brief and barely meets the requirement to be a “notice pleading”, which is typically used to make companies aware that there will be more serious actions if they don’t acknowledge and respond to it. It’s pretty boilerplate in situations like.

I’d say listen to the YT person I mentioned above, but it’s an hour long and he’s just reading the paperwork and adding his own commentary – it’s interesting if you are interested in law, and not if you are not :)

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Melissa McDonald

Hey, we’ve wondered where all those millions were going in SC, now we know: legal team.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Oleg Chebeneev

“eternally delayed MMO Star Citizen”

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Melissa McDonald

that’s one of the better uses of the sharpen tool i have ever seen.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Sally Bowls

I went to the movies this weekend. I hope you take extra care with your inevitable gif for

Everything you just said in that sentence is wrong,

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Schlag Sweetleaf

I see what you mean now Sally. I would be curious as to your thoughts on the movie.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Armsbend

Do you have a subfolder in your Chris Roberts picture folder called ‘AngryEyesCR’?

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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