The war of words between Derek Smart and Star Citizen continues

    
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I'm still wondering why a game that's confident about its future would be engaged in a slapfight with Derek Smart.

If you’re busy today, don’t worry, we understand. We can assure you that this post does not contain a direct link to another 11,000 word manifesto, although Derek Smart claims that he’s working on a third piece on the whole Star Citizen hornet’s nest that he’s kicked over. A tweet from Smart indicates that he suspects Roberts Space Industries of planning to refund all of the Kickstarter backers, which – per aforementioned rambling manifesto – would leave all of the game’s remaining money limited by the TOS of the game’s independent crowdfunding and cut Kickstarter out of the loop. That’d total about $2.1 million, which is a pretty tiny chunk of the $85 million in crowdfunding the company has already raised.

Smart has also pointed out that the ban leveled against him came without any notification of how he had violated the TOS, as he further claims that he never used or posted upon the forums.

A Cloud Imperium employee sent PC Gamer the following statement: “It was obvious he was not a supporter of our project and was just using our visibility as a platform to gain attention and promote his current game and his past games. […] We have strict rules about people using our forums and chat for self-promotion and it was clear that he didn’t care about the project, or the backers, or a good game being made. He was just trying to create a huge fuss to make himself relevant at a lot of other people’s expense and distress. So we enacted our rights through Kickstarter (that we also have on our own TOS) and refunded him and turned his account off.”

In response to CIG comments last night, Smart further suggested he might pursue legal recourse:

Source: PC Gamer
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EricDawson
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EricDawson

Without disrespect to anyone, I’m just going to say it: it is my opinion that, the Battlecruiser series of games, as has been pitched, will never be a success. Ever.

Raess2015
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Raess2015

You should read the first sentence carefully… He used their game as a platform to promote his junk. The forum comment is just an addition. That’s why this liar, thief and scammer is only posting the comment without the first sentence.

RichardErvin
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RichardErvin

BadAshJL BrotherMaynard I suppose we could use the Holy hand Hernandez of Antioch on him.

BadAshJL
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BadAshJL

BrotherMaynard I’d say he’s more the Uwe Boll of the gaming industry.

RichardErvin
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RichardErvin

captainzor EricStolar That is when Derek and his team are playing.

RichardErvin
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RichardErvin

dsmart3000ad EricStolar Hey Derek still waiting for Battlecruiser to actually be anything more than shit.  I want my money back for that crap.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

syberghost blackcatcrosses rioinsignia It’s not strange by any means.
I just pity the damn laywer. Smart should start taking his advice ( i’m just guessing, since from what i’ve seen my father’s working, a client like mr. Smart would be a legal nightmare to have ) and shut the fuck up.

syberghost
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syberghost

EricStolar from the PC Gamer article:

?It was obvious he was not a supporter of our project and was just using our visibility as a platform to gain attention and promote his current game and his past games,? a Cloud Imperium Games rep explained in an email. ?We have strict rules about people using our forums and chat for self-promotion and it was clear that he didn?t care about the project, or the backers, or a good game being made. He was just trying to create a huge fuss to make himself relevant at a lot of other people?s expense and distress. So we enacted our rights through Kickstarter (that we also have on our own TOS) and refunded him and turned his account off.?

That’s a CIG employee stating “using our forums and chat for self-promotion”, making a statement to a journalist with the knowledge that said statement would be published. That’s a public statement.

You say say it didn’t happen if you like, but unless you’re alleging PC Gamer is making it up (on a bylined story), you’re just wrong.

They absolutely have the right to eject any Kickstarter and return their money; but they don’t have the right to defame the person publicly about why they did it.

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dsmart3000ad

EricStolar

http://www.pcgamer.com/derek-smart-star-citizen/

“”We have strict rules about people using our forums and chat for self-promotion and it was clear that he didn’t care about the project, or the backers, or a good game being made. He was just trying to create a huge fuss to make himself relevant at a lot of other people’s expense and distress. So we enacted our rights through Kickstarter (that we also have on our own TOS) and refunded him and turned his account off.””

EricStolar
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No what rsi has stated publicly is the he was using Star Citizen (and it’s noteriety) to promote his game. They then cite Kick Starters terms of service not the TOS on the rsi site for the reason of his refund/ban.
It’s Smart and only Smart that keeps twisting those words saying he never posted on RSI’s site.