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Last summer, Ultima's Richard Garriott (also known as Lord British) won a $28 million lawsuit against NCSoft for what he says was his forced departure from the company. Now an appeals court has not only upheld that original ruling, but tacked on a nice little bonus as well.
According to Gamasutra, Garriott will also get $4 million in legal fees and interest from NCSoft due to the failure of the company's appeal.
Naturally, Stephen E. Fox, Garriott's lawyer, was pleased with this new outcome. "NCSoft schemed to avoid its obligations to [Garriott] at the trial court and on appeal," he said, "and neither the jury nor the 5th Circuit bought any of it. Contracts have consequences, and as the court of appeals explained, the trial court is not a trial run."
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That's a nice chunk of change!
I'm pretty sure Garriot is half insane but he is a pretty *** good game designer. I bet the person who represented NCSoft had his jaw hit the floor when he heard the ruling.
koo koo's nest.
Good, publishers need to start being held accountable for treating developers like slaves and disposable assets.
Hey, you know what's fun about this? If I had 4 million dollars I could game for the rest of my life... I agree 100% that publishers should be held accountable, but I have absolutely no desire to hear about them fighting with rich people over money though.
I want to travel with Lord British
tabula rasa failed because garriot was forced to scrap several years of work, start over amd forced to bring in korean developers who had veto power over him halfway through its cycle.