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Star Control legal battle intensifies as alleged settlement offer surfaces

first_imgStar Control legal battle intensifies as alleged settlement offer surfacesStardock’s “unfathomable” demands reportedly include surrender of IP rights, a public apology, $225,000 and a five-year development banJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 22nd March 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleStardockThe ongoing fight for the Star Control franchise ramped up this week as developers Paul Reiche III and Frederick Ford released details of a settlement offer they claim to have been sent by Stardock.The two developers built the original Star Control and Star Control II back in 1988 and 1992, and insist that they are both the creators and IP rights holders of the classic games. Stardock claims it purchased those rights in the 2013 auction that followed Atari’s bankruptcy – although Reiche and Ford maintain they took back the rights before this occurred.Reiche and Ford called out Stardock for continuing to sell the two games without their permission, prompting legal action from the development firm. A counterclaim was filed back in February.In a blog post, the duo claims that both sides have attempted to make compromises – their current game is now described as “a sequel to the Ur-Quan Masters” (the suffix for the second game) rather than referencing Star Control, while Stardock removed images of the alien races they created from its website banner.However, the developers also claim they have been sent an “unfathomable settlement offer” from Stardock, with a list of demands. Paraphrased by Reiche and Paul, these include:The surrender of all IP rights to the classic Star Control gamesThe promise to not make any games similar to Star Control for the next five yearsA public apologyA payment of $225,000The promise to never use certain terms or trademarksThe promise to never challenge Stardock’s ownership of Star Control, and to never call themselves the creators of the classic gamesPolygon reports that Stardock has responded to Reiche and Paul’s claims, insisting these representations of a settlement offer are “not accurate.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “The settlement discussion was protected by confidentiality, which Paul and Fred violated and then misrepresented and we are not at liberty to discuss it,” the company continued. “We have made every effort to be respectful to and adhere to the preferences of Paul and Fred.”Reiche has since told the site he and his partner “stand 100 percent behind what we said in our post”.Alongside this battle, Stardock has been applied for around 20 new trademarks at the US Patent and Trademark Office, all for terms and names around the Star Control franchise – including The Ur-Quan Masters.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesStardock reveals Cider Cloud engineCEO Brad Wardell: “Our goal is to be able to design games that just aren’t possible today”By Rebekah Valentine A year agoStar Control legal dispute was resolved by a phone call and mutual love of beekeepingSeries creators and Stardock will work together on multiple games and exchange technology, honey and homemade meadBy James Batchelor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img

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