Star Citizen is safe from the FTC so far, letter to backer suggests

    
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If you were worried that a certain Internet Warlord’s crusade against Star Citizen might make it to the feds, you can breathe a little easier today. A prominent Star Citizen backer and Massively OP commenter says he petitioned the FTC under the Freedom of Information Act for all records on investigations regarding Chris Roberts’ studios. The result? There’s seemingly nothing at all, or at least nothing the FTC feels compelled to release. An excerpt from the FTC’s alleged response reads,

“This is in response to your request dated September 11, 2015 under the Freedom of Information Act seeking access to ‘all investigative records, actions or planned actions concerning Cloud Imperium Games or Roberts Space Industries.’ In accordance with the FOIA and agency policy, we have searched our records as of September 11, 2015,the date we received your request in our FOIA office. Our search of the FTC’s records did not identify any record that would respond to your request.”

The letter appears to be signed by Assistant General Counsel Dione J. Stearns.

Derek Smart claimed repeatedly over the summer that he was laying the groundwork for a lawsuit and soliciting the involvement of multiple federal agencies that investigate fraud, including the FTC and FBI. “I am going to continue fighting this, while working with the Federal authorities, including the FBI, to get to the bottom of what is going on with this project and where backer money is going,” he wrote in August. While it’s possible that the FTC is legally obfuscating or Smart simply hasn’t acted on his threats to file anything yet, he responded to the posting of the letter on Twitlonger by calling the backer a nutcase, among dozens of other insults. He has subsequently refused to comment directly on his filing activity.

In more pleasant Star Citizen news, the studio behind the game posted a Star Marine status update over the weekend. “Last week I said I hoped we’d be doing some playtests this week, and QA has been able to do just that!” writes Jason Hutchins. “The next segment of Which Glitch promises to be a good one.”

Source: Reddit, Imgur. With thanks to the many folks who sent this in! 3:05 p.m. EDT: We have updated the original post with the possibility that the FTC is intentionally withholding information pursuant to an investigation, but we have no specific reason to believe such an investigation currently exists. Pigs could fly, as well.
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dsmart3000ad rioinsignia Vikingr breetoplay  The fact you leave your blog and start to comments on internet does prove one thing:  you are losing your mind once again and try to attrack people to your blog as your sockpupet Manze is not so much successful…  
Hurry up DS, CIG is going to release baby PU by the end of the year and it will be harder to spit “this game will never be released” (another of your lie and attempt to hurt backers – those that do will ever play yours “games”)

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dsmart3000ad Vikingr breetoplay No it’s just that nobody care except you.

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dsmart3000ad When you release Last Outrageous Disaster and people start to buy it?  We will have Star Citizen V3 by this time.

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dsmart3000ad rioinsignia ThomasHyde Accelerwraith 
But still your LOD (known by gamers as Last Outrageous Disaster) is bringing less than 2 people on average per day… an MMO :) talk about being whatever you pretend to be…   I  know you since the very beginning of PC gaming and you are a terrible developer. You pretend that Star Citizen will never been released to a depressive guy who spend 20K$… just to hurt him… What a terrible person you are…  Shame on you.

This is a 5 years AAA game development and we will end the 3rd years on the 1st Dec of 2015…    The day you will have 22.000 Twitcher + 2000 backers Gamescom August 2015) in a room for any of your game you will get ours respect… In the meantime, good troll, we will be right on your step and your sockpuppet Manze.

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dsmart3000ad breetoplay Accelerwraith … and at the end you have nothing and you read all comments and see what the vast majority of backers and non backers think about your “production” and trolling noise.  You do represent you and only you and the fact you now pretend to get out of the equation and pay a company to investigate does show you start to be in trouble.
You said to be resilient, how do you think we are?  We won’t give up either.  Star Citizen is going to be released by your best ennemy, swallow that troll.

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Kotaku released an article yesterday*, saying Derek Smart never downloaded and installed Star Citizen. I just read the letter from CIG’s lawyer Ortwin Freyermuth to Derek Smart’s lawyer, linked in that article, which DS then published earlier: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4497650/15-09-03_rsi-response-to-demand-letter.pdf

There are several interesting things to note in there.
For instance, considering the fact that Derek Smart never downloaded and installed the game, he can’t know much about it from 1st experience, which makes his impression of the game solely based on others forum posts, youtube videos of gameplay recordings, and information CIG have published about the game.

It’s also the fact that Derek Smart provided a false address when CIG tried to verify where to send his refund check. They later discovered the address didn’t exist and had to send a new refund check (after they invalidated the first one).

So Derek Smart has lots of opinions on a game he never tried, and he’s a liar. Ok, good to know!

* = http://www.kotaku.com.au/2015/09/star-citizens-lawyers-claim-derek-smart-never-downloaded-the-game/

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amazingfan ((Deleted by mod. No sockpuppets.))  LOL!  Nicely done MOP.

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BobDobalina rioinsignia what I like about this is, when I said “most companies don’t use certified mail or tracked shipper for checks like this”, I got a lot of “of course they tracked it, they know exactly when he received it, of course they’d do that” responses. This confirms I was right; they didn’t. They will now only because controversy continues.

Listen to Uncle syberghost, people; I’ve been doing this a long time. I was there when Pong was new; waiting, watching.

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amazingfan 1. Is a bit of a misnomer. You only generally ‘fail’ to deliver the project if it turns out delivery is not possible at all. At best they ‘failed’ to deliver on time

2. So?

3. Incorrect, they for example also delivered alpha access. But really this again ties in with #1 as it is not really ‘failing’ when the game is not out yet

4. Not sure what really the point is here… that ships need work is correct, that arena commander is alpha is also correct… is that a problem? Not really

All in all it is hardly consumer fraud, consumers knew they backed a development and there is no indication the game is not being developed in good faith