Epic V. Silicon Knights Continues


Posted November 1, 2007 - By Stephen Johnson

While the biggest battle among videogame players is blue vs. red in Halo, in the game industry, the big battle aren't settled with plasma guns. They're settled with lawsuits.

Game companies Silicon Knights and Epic are battling it out over the use of the Unreal Engine, with SK alleging that Epic kept the engine from them for far too long. Epic's counterclaim said that SK "decided to misappropriate Epic's licensed technology" and that their lawsuit "lacks factual or legal merit." The industry is watching very closely, because so many developers power their games with the Unreal Engine .

Anyway, Epic moved to have the case thrown out of court. The judge was like, "nah," and Epic was like, "fine."

More accurately, Epic VP Mark Rein was like: "Often these requests are denied. It is important to note that this was not a decision on the merits of Silicon Knights' claims. We are confident that the evidence will show Silicon Knights breached its license with Epic Games and violated our copyrights and trade secrets."

To lawyers, this is as exciting as grenade-sticking that jerk who grabs the ghost on Snowbound.

GameDaily: Epic Games' Motion to Dismiss Silicon Knights Suit Denied

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Epic V. Silicon Knights Continues


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