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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Oct 5, 2015, 17:07
 

So after reading some of the comments here I really don't understand some people.

- If CIG doesn't do anything to protect their reputation, its because they have something to hide.
- If CIG does do something, its because they have something to hide and are trying to censor the press.

What the hell?

All of the sudden we have thousands of armchair CEO's predicting how much money CIG already spent with literally no information to back their claims.

So much so, that they even completely ignore the fact that they have opened a new studio in Germany and they are hiring more people. And for some reason none of them stop for a second to consider that in order to open or rent an office they would need to prove to the real state company or the bank that they are able to comply with their financial obligations.

Look. I don't know if CIG is running out of money or not.
It is pointless to make grand predictions of success of failure without actual data to corroborate our claims.

The only thing we know is that, CIG has pushed their expected release date due to supposed development challenges.
But then again, its not like its the first game having its release date pushed for one or more years.

With that said, I'm not defending CIG. I am concerned.
My reasoning is that by the end of this year they need to have something more meaningful to show. That is, if they are planning to release some kind of game in 2016 or 2017. That wouldn't surprise me since most AAA games do take about 4-5 years to develop. But I understand the frustration of some people that expected a game in 2015 instead of 2016. I'm one of them by the way.

But release schedule changes don't necessarily mean the project is going to fail. After all most of the recent great games all suffered release delays. GTA V, Witcher 3 and so on.

Look. Evidence is what we need. Not speculation.
Right now what we have is employees in one side defending CIG and some other employees criticizing CIG.

What we do have now, is CIG apparently willing to go to court with The Escapist to clear their name.
Meanwhile, we are still waiting for a reaction from The Escapist as well as evidence from other CIG critics.

Worst of all is reading comments from some people accusing CIG for using backer money on lawsuits. So how will CIG defend themselves and prove they are innocent of the accusations being thrown at them? Is there anyway to do it other than by legal means?

Some of you claim to have all the facts.
For instance, stating the FACT that some ex CIG employees have made some serious accusations.
But how some are dismissing the FACT that some OTHER CIG employees have shared their opinions in defense of CIG.

Or dismissing the fact that although some claim CIG is running out of money, no one was able to leak a document proving that they are indeed running out of money.

Or stating the FACT that CIG has built their own mo-cap studio but not stating the FACT that they know nothing about the cost of said studio, if they were able to get a return on investment on it or not. Again yet another armchair CEO.

And you people that simply dismiss any kind of critical line of thinking towards CIG, you are as bad as these armchair CEOs.
They gave you a 2015 roadmap and missed almost every single point in it. Of course some people are concerned. And just ignoring it and have faith that CIG will deliver doesn't solve anything.

Derek is right in one thing. Accountability.

CIG needs to be accountable. But at the same time CIG doesn't need unfunded accusations thrown at them.

Don't believe in anything unless there is evidence.
I won't believe in the project success unless they can show me major progress.

At the same time, I won't believe that CIG has misused project funds or is running out of money unless there is EVIDENCE.

Stop reacting to this as if it is a political game.
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