The state of Rhode Island is auctioning off the remaining physical assets of 38 Studios including its computers, office furniture, audio equipment, consoles, televisions, conference call equipment, office telephones, security equipment and more. The assets are being sold off by auction site SJ Corio Company. The assets will be sold off in two different auctions: one to take place in Rhode Island on October 12 and another on October 23 in Maryland.
The items for sale that are raising the most eyebrows – particularly in Redmond, Washington – are Xbox 360 XDK units. The Xbox 360 development kits have caught the attention of Microsoft who is not pleased to see them out in the wilds of an auction where anyone can buy them. While the units were licensed to 38 Studios, they are not actually the property of the company.
In a statement to Joystiq Microsoft said that they still remain their property and they want them back:
"Xbox 360 Development Kits (XDK) are the property of Microsoft and are only licensed to authorized studios and may not be assigned or sold to any third party without the written consent of Microsoft," the company told Joystiq. "We will be contacting the appropriate parties involved in the auction of 38 Studios' assets to remove the XDK units from the auction listing and to secure the return of the consoles to Microsoft."
Source: Giant Bomb