Last week we reported that Richard "Lord British" Garriott, creator of Ultima and incredibly awesome rich guy, was selling his nerd-inspired house, Britannia Manor. Around the office, we were speculatiing as to whether Garriott was selling his crib because he was broke -- after all, it's not the best time to sell a house, given the real estate market being in the crapper. Turns out, Garriott will be fine financially. A three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $32 million judgment against MMO publisher NCSoft.
The background story of this lawsuit is absolutely amazing: Basically, When NCSoft bought Garriott's company, the contract said they didn't have to honor his stock options if he voluntarily left NCSoft. Garriott developed failed NCSoft MMO Tabula Rasa. Then Garriott decided to go into space with a Russian space tourism company.
Apparently, NCSoft interpreted Garriott leaving the entire planet as voluntarily terminating his employment. So they dropped him while he was in space quarantine -- guy went into space and was, basically, fired. Best. Job Loss. Ever.