ARK: Survival Evolved studio hit with lawsuit

    
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Kotaku has reported on an ongoing lawsuit lodged by Dungeon Defenders developer Trendy Entertainment against ARK: Survival Evolved’s Studio Wildcard. Trendy has alleged that Jeremy Stieglitz, formerly the controversial creative director at Trendy, played a pivotal role in the development of ARK and in doing so violated his contractual agreements not to poach Trendy’s workers, misappropriate Trendy’s assets, or work for a competing games company.

According to Kotaku, Wildcard denied that Stieglitz was a major figure in the creation of the game; instead, he was merely a consultant now being hired on more permanently. The studio has filed a motion to dismiss the suit, claiming Trendy’s December 15, 2015, accusations are “irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous,” but Wildcard has not otherwise addressed the lawsuit and would not comment for the report.

In April, a Florida circuit court will hear Trendy’s motion for an injunction against Wildcard. “If granted, the injunction could temporarily halt development on ARK: Survival Evolved and even force Wildcard to pull the game from Steam as the lawsuit continues,” writes Kotaku.

Meanwhile, Wildcard has teased survivors with two images of armor from the game’s upcoming Tek Teir. (Gaze at their glowiness below!) Devs also took the moment to assure players that work will definitely continue on the core game despite the recent split, getting “all the attention and love it warrants and more!” The current lull in content and updates is the result of a move to new offices, dev illness, and trade shows.

Source: KotakuTek tease; thanks to Tanek for the tip!
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nolansykinsley
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nolansykinsley

Miskav They are necessary many times. Devs know all the secrets and if they are just allowed to use all the insider information they learned about the company at another company then the code that they spent thousands of dollars developing is placed in the competitors hand without the competitor needing to pay for the development, all they have to do is give a dev a better job offer and an entire code base becomes obsolete.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

Armsbend Sorenthaz Greaterdivinity Good point.  The lankier models feel kind of weird to get used to.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

One serious question I have is:  how could a founder ever subject himself to a non-compete?

McGuffn
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McGuffn

Xijit But a lot if not all of it was the fault of the guy that’s now at Ark.

McGuffn
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McGuffn

breetoplay LordSolarMacharius Damonvile Hulk Hogan is taking that to the bank.

BobDobalina
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BobDobalina

“Irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous!”

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Ceder
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Ceder

ArbsX Greaterdivinity  Its basically just that and the hopes of getting some sort of revenue(you know what they aren’t getting with their game).

Ceder
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Ceder

LordSolarMacharius Ceder  Facts of the reason for the suit have been made public.  That alone is enough to garner valid criticism for its frivolity and sour grapes level tantrums of DS. 

And cite your source for his allegedly admitting that he was wrong, you know, so we can see the fact of it for ourselves….

Damonvile
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Damonvile

I can’t believe that happened and no one said a thing about it. So have a link to that or anything?

ArbsX
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ArbsX

Greaterdivinity I still don’t see how Ark or Dungeon Defenders are similar, unless their going off the idea of building stuff.