The 2015 ArcheAge lawsuit finally nears a conclusion in the form of a settlement agreement

    
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Lawsuits can be pretty long, but this one was a doozy. Let’s review: In 2015, several ArcheAge players filed a class action lawsuit over an offered 10% discount for cash shop items for those who bought founder’s packs for the game. That lawsuit got tangled up in arbitration, with only at least one minor update until Trion Worlds dissolved in October of 2018, dumping the company’s games and assets to Gamigo and one of its subsidiaries, which incidentally further snarled up the proceedings.

The last word we got from the whole ordeal was in June of this year, when recent documents sought to consider bringing Gamigo into the mire. Today, the process has apparently gone on long enough as both parties are nearing a settlement agreement.

Specifics of the amount to be paid to the plaintiffs has not been disclosed as the terms have not been documented. However, the filing notes that settlement will come from Navigators Insurance Company, which was the insurance company used by Trion Worlds. This also absolves Trion from any liability associated with the suit.

“Plaintiffs and Navigators Insurance Company, the insurer for the officers and directors of Defendant Trion Worlds, Inc., have reached an agreement in principle to settle this case on class wide basis. The proposed settlement will provide for notice to the class members of the proposed settlement, payments to members of the proposed settlement class who file claims, and will release Defendant Trion Worlds, Inc. from liability for the claims asserted in this action. The parties are working to document all of the terms of the settlement.”

Get caught up in all of the details regarding this case here:

source: MMO Fallout

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Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

It’s kind of funny that the final foot note in the story of Trion is a few angry players with more stamina than them dancing on Trion’s grave while being compensated with the dead flowers from the grave site; this image brightens my morning and gives me a smile my coffee can’t match!

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Godnaz
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Godnaz

XLGames development staff created one of the best foundational experiences in a MMORPG. Archeage Alpha is a blueprint on how to mix fantasy PvE, PvP and most importantly, economy into a single server without the need to segregate the playerbase.

XLGames executives and Trion took a brilliant piece of software, bait and switched and lied to pre-purchase costumers in the name of greed when the foundation was there for long term, extended profit. In the end, the creative mind who put these RPG content systems together and the playerbase who got to use them, literally paid the price.

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Bruno Brito

Forgive me if i’m wrong, but wasn’t the Labor system a core part of AA?

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SnowflakeDruid

So, um, what was the lawsuit about? You forgot to mention that in your article.

You said it had something to do with “[offering] 10% discount for cash shop items for those who bought founder’s packs”, but what was the problem? Did they not get the 10% discount, did others get the discount, was there no cash shop? What?

Godnaz
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Godnaz

The discount never took place among many other offers and percieved (lied about) benefits that became monetized after launch. All of this was documented in thier pre-release news posts and Q&A’s. Trion did an excellent job shifting blame to XLGames (who is a Korean based developer) and tried to play the good guy role, trying to get customers what was promised, only to find out that Trion was in on the scam with XLGames and eventually gave up the charade and told its playerbase that they were toxic and would not continue communications.

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Bryan Correll

They never got the 10% discount on the stated grounds that it would take too long to implement. Instead they offered patrons (subscribers) 10% bonus credits purchased for cash on purchases made after early access began. Credits acquired earlier, as with Founder’s packs, did not receive any bonus.

http://forums.archeagegame.com/showthread.php?114300-Introducing-10-Bonus-Credits-for-Patrons

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styopa

Everyone got $4.69 and 1 free month of Archeage. Happy?

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MrNude

Not even worth the effort to claim…. Man that game could of been so amazing if it wasn’t a blatant cash grab on all fronts.