CIG Fires Back at Crytek Lawsuit

The attorneys for Cloud Imperium Games have been busy writing up some words in response to the Crytek contract lawsuit that was filed in December. Words like “immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous” and “contrived”.

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According to a filing made by CIG’s lawyers, the game license agreement that Crytek is referencing in their initial suit “eliminates virtually every claim and remedy Crytek seeks” while the company’s own admission that CIG are using Lumberyard to develop Star Citizen and Squadron 42 “gets rid of the rest”.

“This action never should have been filed. The allegations[…]bear absolutely no material relation to any claim or named party, and have everything to do with generating misleading, scandalous press.”

The lawyers counter that the original Crytek agreement states CryEngine’s use in developing Squadron 42 and the then-called Space Citizen title were covered in the contract. Additionally, the filing states the agreement provided CIG with an “exclusive right, not a duty” to use CryEngine, and that Crytek is hiding the agreement in order to contort exclusivity as a requirement for the company to use the engine.

CIG is recommending that the court read the license agreement associated with the suit and is asking for the case to be dismissed “in its entirety, with prejudice”.

Our Thoughts

Assuming that the agreement does indeed include the statements referenced by CIG, then it sounds like this case is probably one for the trash bin. That said, we have no access to the agreement at the heart of this entire matter, so we’ll just wait and see what the court has to say.

Source: Motion to Dismiss filing via Eurogamer

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Crytek is Taking Star Citizen to Court

The long and winding saga of Star Citizen’s development has taken another telenovela-like turn. A Crytek lawsuit has been filed against Cloud Imperium and RSI for breach of contract, claiming the company is using their CryEngine without authorization.

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According to papers filed with the California District Court, Crytek alleges that the devs are using CryEngine 3 in a partial sense.

The suit claims that CIG and RSI have knowingly removed the CryEngine logo from the game’s startup sequence and have failed to disclose modifications made to CryEngine 3, both of which are in breach of the licensing agreement. The motion also includes Squadron 42, meaning the engine is being used twice and constitutes a further breach of contract.

Crytek is suing for over $75k in direct damages, along with “disgorgement of profits” from sales, attorney fees, cost of the suit itself, and other indirect damages and fees. Crytak also wants an injunction filed against CIG and RSI from using their copyrighted work.

A representative of CIG and RSI provided a statement saying that the devs have not used CryEngine for a long time, calling the motion “a meritless lawsuit that we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter”.

Our Thoughts

We’re not going to provide too much analysis of this one as we’re not lawyers and can’t really speak from any level of expertise. To that point, we’ll simply be sure to report on any new developments in this case as they come to light.

Source: Polygon

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