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.
Which they're doing. Whether it lives up to expectations is another matter. CitizenCon is around the corner, so we'll have a better idea of the state of the game then.

Desalus wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 13:48:
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.
So to avoid bad press CIG decided to draw attention to a negative article in the hopes it would increase funding? Seems legit. The non-cynic would suggest that Chris Roberts is outraged that his wife has been attacked and is doing everything he can to defend her but then that doesn't fit the conspiracy theories people love around here.

If CIG needed to raise extra money it could release the game on Steam Early Access, which would easily bring in tens of millions of dollars; it could prioritise the release of modules in order to get backers interested; it could bring back LTI; it could do another sponsorship deal like it did with AMD; it could turn to angel investors and offer them a percentage of earnings, etc. The only claims that the company is low on money are from anonymous sources in a shoddy article who almost certainly don't have first-hand knowledge of the company's finance; they are also predicated on Chris Roberts recklessly over staffing the project and burning through all the money.

CIG has never had any problems raising money and this debacle hasn't done anything to change that.
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