More Legal Troubles for Silicon Knights in Epic Court Fight

November 9, 2012 -

Vancouver-based developer Silicon Knights is being ordered by a U.S. court to recall and destroy all unsold copies of games using Unreal Engine 3, including Too Human and X-Men: Destiny. The new ruling on post-trial motions for the case between Silicon Knights and Epic Games also saw Epic's jury award upped from $4.5 million to over $9 million, much to the chagrin of the troubled studio.

The ruling released on Wednesday also orders Silicon Knights to stop using Epic Games' Licensed Technology and remove it from the company's game engine. The studio has also been given until December 10 to destroy any code built using Epic's technology; with the court order specifically naming Too Human, X-Men: Destiny, Siren in the Maelstrom, The Sandman, and The Box/Ritualyst. Silicon Knights must notify the court by December 21 and again on February 21, 2013, concerning all ordered injunctions - all of which will be at SK's expense.

Source: Joystiq


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Re: More Legal Troubles for Silicon Knights in Epic Court Fight

Hey, collectors! Buy these now, big payoffs in ten or twenty years!

Re: More Legal Troubles for Silicon Knights in Epic Court Fight

Yeah, maybe they'll sell as much then as ET does now. :D

Re: More Legal Troubles for Silicon Knights in Epic Court Fight

It'll prop up their value a bit, but probably not to this extent. It's only unsold copies - used copies they can't recall in this way. And like any game more than a year or so from release, there's probably more used copies than new left.

There's also the effect that any time something is declared collectible while it's still on the market, it destroys its future collectible value.

ET is collectible now because:
A. Few copies were sold
B. There was no thriving resale market at the time, copies generally stay with the original owner
C. Unsold copies that far outnumbered sold were destroyed
D. It was not considered collectible and most sold copies were lost, uncared for, or even discarded.

These games don't meet any of these criteria:
A. They didn't do well, but they far outsold ET.
B. There is a thriving resale market, meaning few game copies are lost, they're traded in.
C. Used copies outnumber unsold.
D. It's now been declared collectible by the hobby, so copies will be cared for.

 
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