Star Citizen developers being sued by Crytek

Updated: April 8th, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: Gaming & News2 Comments

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Breach of contract and copyright infringement. The two complaints laid against both Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) and Roberts Space Industries (RSI) by the developers of the CryEngine, Crytek.

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See the full document here.

The lawsuit filed by Crytek alleges that the team behind Star Citizen “utterly failed to follow through” on particular stipulations within their Game Licensing Agreement (GLA) which have caused “substantial harm to Crytek.”

“(i) to use the CryEngine game development platform exclusively and to promote that platform within the video game, (ii) to collaborate with Crytek on CryEngine development, and (iii) to take a number of steps to ensure that Crytek’s intellectual property was protected.”

It goes on to state that CIG used CryEngine outside of their agreed upon limits, which was a single game. The second game in question is Squadron 42 which hasn’t used CryEngine for quite some time according to official statements.

“Section 2.1.2 of the GLA contained a promise by Defendants to use CryEngine for the development of only one video game…”

The complaint also alleges that CIG breached a confidentiality agreement via showing off proprietary CryEngine 3 code in their YouTube series “Bugsmashers” among other places. It also states that Crytek’s trademarks and Copyright Notices were removed from the Star Citizen game without permission from Crytek. However, CIG publically stated in late 2016 that they were transitioning away from CryEngine 3 and over to Amazon’s CryEngine-based Lumberyard engine.

Crytek is demanding compensation for direct damages as well as indirect damages. They’re also seeking an injuction that would permit CIG and RSI from “continuing to possess or use the Copyrighted Work.” What exactly that means for the development of Star Citizen is up for debate.

“c. awarding actual damages and disgorgement of Defendants’ profits in an amount to be determined at trial, together with interest, attorneys’ fees, and costs of suit as provided by law and as set forth in the contracts at issue;”

CIG responded to Polygon with the following statement:

“We are aware of the Crytek complaint having been filed in the US District Court,” the spokesperson said. “CIG hasn’t used the CryEngine for quite some time since we switched to Amazon’s Lumberyard. This is a meritless lawsuit that we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter.”

Then, shortly after Crytek responded to Polygon with this:

“Crytek is a technology company and intellectual property is its greatest asset,” they said. “It is unfortunate that this lawsuit had to be brought, but Crytek has been left with no option but to protect its intellectual property in court.”

It sounds like we have a heated legal battle in the midst at the very least. Both sides are extremely invested in their properties and neither seems to be backing down.

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Here is an update. We are now +21 days after this new “drama”. CIG has answered to Crytek lawsuit… and without surprise, once again, the “drama” turned to be the biggest joke of all past “drama” 🙂

Here are all the filed documents available on one single place:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mPjfXrjAf9RUq3_5cJgd-hF-I5XoCQta

Of course, that is not the end of the story. Crytek will obviously claim that breach of contract are real…. but I can’t resist to copy sir Voroxpete’s comments:

Highlights:

* CryTek attempted to sue RSI even though RSI didn’t actually exist when CIG negotiated the original agreement. They only created that company a few years later as a publicity arm for Star Citizen.
* CryTek tried to accuse Ortwin of not recusing himself even though he actually got a waiver from CryTek before negotiating the agreement. Owned.
* CryTek never showed the court the actual agreement they claim CIG violated, because it flat out disproves all of their claims.
* The agreement clearly states that CIG can use CryEngine for both Star Citizen and Squadron 42. Slam dunk.
* The claim that CIG has some kind of duty to only use CryEngine and nothing else is basically total bullshit, and really obvious bullshit at that. Like, we’re talking “A first year law student could spot that this case has no merit” levels of bullshit. CryTek are asking the court to ignore almost a century of established law in order to accept their interpretation of “exclusive”.
* As any sane person would expect, the whole “removing CryTek logos and copyright notices” thing is ridiculous because they only took them off after they stopped using CryEngine.
In short, CIG have unleashed the Ortwin. CryTek got rekt.

In short, we see the reason why the complaint was amended to list everything as being done ‘intentionally’… Then CIG goes and drops a metric ass-ton (that’s bigger than an Imperial ass-ton) of case-law into why that wont fly…. 🙂