Originally Posted by Masked
It's actually really easy to be unaware...
We as a community find information very easily...However, some of the elderly couldn't find Google if you asked them.
If you are unaware in your own industry, on games you personally work(ed) on and actually have rights to, then you're a moron. This isn't like asking an 85 year old man who never used computers what he thinks about the new bulldozer CPU's to be released, or something. This is someone knowing about a product they worked on and allegedly had some sort of rights to. Not that it excuses any sort of cheating of the person, but to not know about a product you worked on and had rights to, and then that product became one of the biggest cross-platform cash cows, that's ridiculous. This reeks of some sort of loosely-worded contract that some guy who--allegedly--invented a game premise and coded it in some
fashion, is (and has been) looking for a loophole to snatch some cash.
Originally Posted by xxicrimsonixx
Just because he created the game, doesn't mean he owns it. He created the game for EA, and if he Is no longer employed by EA, then he should no longer get any claims to the money. If he was not paid for things he did while he was employed there, then that is another story, but just saying that because he created the original game, doesn't automatically entitle him to profits from games he was not involved in...
That is like me getting a job somewhere, working there for a couple years, and then leaving, only to sue the company 10 years later, simply because they made a ton of money after I left, and that I feel as though some of that profit should be mine because I had a part to play in that company making all that money (although they made all that money after I left).
Rights to product development don't necessarily terminate just because you switched jobs. It all depends on how it's worded in this alleged contract, but if he was entitled to royalty rights for the product and all its different incarnations, it doesn't matter if he stayed with EA or not (if that's how it was worded). It also depends on who held the intellectual property rights on the game after he left, and the terms of him leaving the company. 99% of the time, unless it's a patent that the person has their name on, the company that bought whatever the game/franchise is/was also purchases and owns all of the intellectual property rights. So unless there's a specific line in this guy's contract (that EA then decided to maintain when they bought the game) that says he's entitled to royalty rights on ALL variations of the game indefinitely (highly unlikely, as that's a stupid thing for a company to agree upon), then he's SOL.