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Silicon Knights sues Epic Games for Unreal Engine 3 headaches

Canadian game developer Silicon Knights, maker of Eternal Darkness, has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games, famous for Gears of War and its Unreal Tournament series, for breach of contract, fraud, and several other tort claims in federal court in Greenville, North Carolina.
In the lawsuit, Silicon Knights alleges that it has lost revenue as a result of the considerable delay in developing its video game for the Xbox 360, Too Human, because Unreal Engine 3, a game engine licensed from Epic, did not work as Epic represented it would and, moreover, Epic has been unable or unwilling to fix it.
The lawsuit further alleges that Epic in fact never intended to deliver Unreal Engine 3 as a fully functional game engine as promised. Instead, Epic collected licensing fees from Silicon Knights and others in order to fund the development of its own video game, Gears of War.
"No doubt Gears is a fun and phenomenally successful game, but as we alleged in our complaint against them, we strongly believe that from the perspective of someone waiting for a game engine that Epic promised it would deliver almost two years ago, it seems pretty clear that Gears was built on the backs of the Unreal Engine licensees," Denis Dyack, President and Founder of Silicon Knights, explained. "We certainly stand by our allegations in the lawsuit that instead of using our licensing fees to develop and support the Unreal Engine 3, Epic used that money to build Gears."

http://www.dailytech.com/Epic+Games+...rticle8117.htm
 

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Thats a pretty hefty suit lets hope it dosent hinder epic in making Unreal 3

I shouldnt think it will. Well atleast I hope not

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they have a legit complaint at least.

Yes for once Ive seen a fairly legit case.
 

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Wow this is actually not some BS sue for once!

Those where my first thoughts. I have seen so many law suits on thing that should never have even gone to a law suit level...really does annoy me. However in this case there has been some clear wrong doing.
 

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3DRealms may hop on the bandwagon next. The last I heard, they switched to useing the Unreal 3 engine to develop Duke Nukem Forever.
 

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3DRealms may hop on the bandwagon next. The last I heard, they switched to useing the Unreal 3 engine to develop Duke Nukem Forever.


Yes they are. Il try and find the source !
 

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i thought the Unreal 3 engine was complete a long time ago when they released the first U3E games??? *** lol Gears was built on a partly done engine????
 

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i thought the Unreal 3 engine was complete a long time ago when they released the first U3E games??? *** lol Gears was built on a partly done engine????

Would not surprise me at all using a part of an old engine. We all need a good solid base to build up from.
 

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*** lol Gears was built on a partly done engine????

No, the other developers are complaining that Epic didn't support the Unreal 3 Engine for use in external development projects and instead focused at keeping it optimised for use with their own projects.
 
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