CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit

An update to the Chairman's Response to The Escapist on the Roberts Space Industries website has the latest on Cloud Imperium Games' reaction to the recent Escapist article alleging troubles at the developer of Star Citizen, the upcoming crowd-funded space game. The post has been modified to demand a retraction of the assertions in the article, threatening legal action if this doesn't happen by the end of today. They say the site has "violated the most basic rules and ethics in journalism by failing to properly vet [their] sources and providing the affected party with an opportunity to refute these ridiculous, highly slanderous, and easily disproven allegations," and also state this was not a legitimate piece of journalism, but rather a conspiracy between the author and "third parties" (who go unnamed, though we have a guess). They reproduce a lengthy letter they sent to the Escapist, and here is how this concludes:
If we have not received within a reasonable time your written confirmation (email being sufficient) that you agree to cooperate and comply with the above demands we will firstly publish this letter to our website. Based on the generous standards set by you, we believe that 24 hours should be sufficient to hear from you. Furthermore, if we have not received the aforementioned confirmation from you or your magazine and/or parent company by EOD Monday, we will turn this matter over to our litigators to prepare legal action in the US and the UK against the individuals and entities involved as listed herein.
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CIG's issue is not that The Escapist posted something bad about Star Citizen/CIG. The issue is that they posted an article with no journalistic integrity. Nothing was checked or verified, and CIG was not provided the opportunity to respond to any of the claims. The Escapist sent a list of questions and gave CIG just a few hours to respond - which they did, but none of the questions related to the most serious claims the article made. In my opinion, CIG is right to go after the Escapist for posting a bunch of (apparently) made up crap.

People should read the CIG letter to the Escapist in its entirety (4 pages). It lists things such as the Escapist "verifying" a former employee's ID card, when CIG doesn't even use ID cards. (A journalist would have contacted CIG, "Hey, do you all use ID cards? If so, what to they look like and how could you verify one is authentic?")

I'm a backer of Star Citizen, and I want it to succeed. If they are doing something wrong, I would like to know. But I also don't want my time wasted by sites like the Escapist posting unverified BS to get hits on their website.

I could claim to be a former CIG employee, too. I can even "verify" it by showing you the secret CIG handshake (that we use instead of ID cards). CR murders a baby kitten each time we miss a Star Marine release date, which is every day. Sometimes he makes us do it - with our bare hands. Then he burns $10,000 in cash of backers' money - literally, a bon fire. It's totally true. You can read the rest of the terrible "truth" in my article on my advertisement-riddled website...
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