Coding and cupcakes: The lawsuit against ARK

    
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Are cupcake and coding skills mutually exclusive? That might actually be a relevant question in relation to the recent lawsuit Trendy Entertainment filed in Florida against Studio Wildcard, creator of the popular survival game ARK: Survival Evolved.

According to Susan Claire Stieglitz Browning, co-founder and former business manager for Studio Wildcard, a similar lawsuit was previously brought forward in New York but was dismissed. She tweeted a clip from that previous case in which attorneys appear to question her role within Wildcard, suggesting that she is not a software engineer because she was in the business of making cupcakes since she previously owned a bakery.

Earlier this week, we reported on the more recent Trendy lawsuit against Wildcard alleging that Browning’s husband, Jeremy Stieglitz, broke his non-compete clause by working with Wildcard on ARK:

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 [which could halt development on ARK].

In context, Browning’s tweet appears to suggest that Trendy plans to argue Stieglitz must have been entangled with ARK because his wife was either incapable or just a facade for his involvement.

Now, we fully understand that cupcakes can’t code, but we have a sneaking suspicion that both coders and former business managers can indeed bake cupcakes. Also, girls play video games.

We’ll know more come April.

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Xijit
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Well, that is the point: wether or not she can code or do 3D modeling is irrelevant in the issue of her ability to manage a business.
Mailing out checks, balancing the books, keeping tabs on the payroll, and everything else that goes into keeping the lights on has absolutely nothing to do with if those lights are over the heads of bakers or programmers … That is what this is about: Trendy is saying that because she only worked on running bakeries, she can’t run a game company and thus it was really her husband that was doing it.
Which is flat fucking retarded …
The SJW pandering she is pulling is pretty idiotic, but what they are whining about -is- borderline to: “she can’t run the game company because she has a vaginy! So it must have been her husband that was doing it!”
Which falls in line with the rampant sexism accusations people leveled at Trendy before, and (IMO) is really starting to look like her husband was just walking the company line with all the abusive behavior he was accused of & fired for.

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breetoplay Quincha paragonlostinspace Robert80 MJ Guthrie Lord Zorvan tanek_09  I  considered taking her name when we got married but both of us honestly were at a point in our lives that it would be more of a pain in the backside than it was worth. I actually prefer her name over mine.

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Quincha paragonlostinspace breetoplay Robert80 MJ Guthrie Lord Zorvan tanek_09 Both names in my opinion.

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Armsbend SallyBowls1  I’m going to add that qualifications are not an end-game either. I’m an effective technologist, I can code (albeit slowly) and I have a bachelor’s in Rhetorical Theory and a Masters in Media Studies — yay humanities! One of my devs now is an Opera Singer by ‘qualification’ but is a great Ruby dev. A former dev of mine was a film studies major and he was on the best developers I’ve ever worked with. 
I think qualifications are a great tool, but if they are the only one you ever use, you end up missing out on great people, and on the flip side, can hire someone who’s really terrible just because they have the qualifications.

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Silverlock Armsbend  They are actually unenforceable in most states, even if not out-right illegal.  But employers count on your not having the resources to fight it, or the hiring company not wanting the headache.  It lives in this space of pseudo-law that does everything possible to protect businesses and shaft actual people as often as possible.

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tanek_09 McGuffn Robert80 MJ Guthrie RagnarTheDrunk I don’t know if it’s exactly the same lawsuit, but the comment was in regard to to earlier Trendy vs. Wildcard suit in New York. I also don’t know why that first suit was dismissed, but jurisdiction seems a likely culprit since they filed a new suit in their home state.

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Quincha paragonlostinspace breetoplay Robert80 MJ Guthrie Lord Zorvan tanek_09 That’s it exactly. We gave our kids his name; my son got my name as his middle name. I regret it, truthfully. They should have both got both.
Friend of mine from HS changed his name to his wife’s because his was cooler. I love the trend of making up a new name that is a hybrid (rather than a hyphenation) of both names!

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A Dad Supreme Which, in turn, reminds me of Monty Python’s Election Night Special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31FFTx6AKmU

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Xijit No, they know how to run business and manage human resources. I don’t understand the analogy.

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Armsbend Lord Zorvan Not changing your name seems like a wholly different matter from changing it and then using your former name in legal documents for a business in which you work with your spouse.
You guys are way too eager to knee-jerk this into a sexist issue. Jesus.