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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Desalus wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 13:48:
The most surefire way for Chris to prove Derek and The Escapist wrong is to release a feature complete game.

My guess is that Chris is worried that The Escapist article and any further bad press with decrease the amount of future gamer funding, which means they most likely do not have enough funds to complete the game. To threaten a lawsuit seems like an act of desperation, so the remaining funds must be pretty low (probably close to that stated 8-9 million). All conjecture of course, but I don't see the point of threatening a lawsuit if further funding is not needed.

Yep. There is definitely something very rotten in the cloud imperium.

If they really were above all this then they should have put out an almost arrogant sounding press release dismissing all claims. That would be the professional way to deal with this. For reference look up how EA responded to that (probably made up as well) spouse letter a few years back. That is how professionals deal with crap like this.

What CR/CIG are doing here is completely amateurish and just adding fuel to a fire that could have easily been blown out like a candle before CR's stupid response.

All that said, I do not believe that they are short on money - yet. What I do believe, however, is that even CR knows exactly by now that the project is in mismanagement hell. Their content creation pipeline is slower than molasses and they have focused on ship creation for way too long.
Sure, the ships brought in the money but now more and more people want to see playable results. Results that they can not deliver because they first need to reorganize the whole company for a more effective delivery pipeline.
Star Marine has turned into a complete joke. It was originally scheduled for the beginning of this year . It's only a single map and it was demo'ed at PAX AU looking more or less "complete". What the fuck took them so long and how could CR be that wrong?
If the rest of the project is in similar shape then CR/CIG can probably see the writing on the wall which in effect led to this totally unprofessional retort.
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