Has WildCard reached a settlement with Trendy? [Update: Probably.]

    
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Is the Trendy versus Studio Wildcard legal sparring nearing an end? A recent tweet from Susan Claire Stieglitz Browning, co-founder and former business manager for Studio Wildcard, would indicate that’s the case — and not only that but that ARK: Survival Evolved’s creators will be forking over a significant amount of cash. Her tweet, a reply to a follower on her earlier statement of visiting the lawyer’s office yesterday, states, “After learning how much money is about to be removed from WildCard’s bank account… I don’t think coffee will do it.”

Fans of the popular sandbox survival game have understandably been interested in the proceedings since the legal actions came to light, but official information has been scant throughout the ordeal. Instead, most informational tidbits that we’ve had have been tossed out on Twitter. What we know is that Trendy has alleged that Jeremy Stieglitz, the husband of Browning and former creative director at Trendy, violated contractual agreements, including participating in the development of ARK, and therefore Trendy was seeking an injunction and/or damages.

Has a settlement truly been reached? And if it has, how will it affect the development of the two ARK versions going forward? We’ve reached out to Studio Wildcard for comment, and we’ll let you know as soon as we learn anything more!

Source: Twitter; thanks to Tanek for the tip!
Update: A Redditor posted images he claims prove he spoke to Browning and that she confirmed Wildcard had settled out of court for $40 million US. The post has since been deleted.

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McGuffn
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breetoplay Armsbend MJ Guthrie Lord Zorvan And who exactly gives a 40 million settlement on a stupid lawsuit with no valid claims. Not a small company like Ark.

McGuffn
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McGuffn

tanek_09 Lord Zorvan Oh please, 40 million dollars isn’t “make this frivolous lawsuit go away” money.

MaxSand
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Kanbe Seems like a pretty standard non compete clause violation. This happens all the time in other industries. It’s not really news and has nothing to do with the games either company has made, if that is the case.

MatthewKissell
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MatthewKissell

Lord Zorvan Nearly all similar cases are thrown out.  Bad judge is what happened.

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Armsbend SallyBowls1 Cuz your an idiot.  Look up similar cases.  Nearly all are tossed because they are a joke.

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Armsbend MJ Guthrie Lord Zorvan We don’t know that Trendy has a valid complaint at all. We are unlikely to ever know.

LordSolarMacharius
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Trendy had a case and Wildcard settled to avoid paying more in the end or seeing an injunction enforced (which must have been a real possibility). I feel vindicated for pointing out that Trendy did indeed have a case when the lawsuit was first announced and then enduring ravenous attacks from Wildcard fanbois as a result (not just here but on other forums as well).

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Armsbend MJ Guthrie Lord Zorvan I was only remarking that the declaration that there wouldn’t be a settlement if there wasn’t a case is false. As for this particular case, I am unsure how much of a leg Trendy had to stand on because I am not there and privy to all the court proceedings.

Armsbend
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MJ Guthrie Lord Zorvan which is not necessarily the case in this instance.  Trendy has a valid complaint.

Armsbend
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SallyBowls1 It is absolutely nuts that someone who is supposedly in charge of a company now worth 10s of millions of dollars is out opinionating on the case.  To me, and likely any judge on the case, it shows that all of the claims against them are valid.

I’d hand Trendy whatever they wanted if not more for the clear lack of leadership – the crux of this case.  If I were Trendy I wouldnt settle.