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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Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
Oct 5, 2015, 21:45
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Oct 5, 2015, 21:45
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 13:54:
NasWulf wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 10:25:
You're correct but you're also assuming that The Escapist could handle a financial drain of a lawsuit. CIG might not get a positive outcome from a lawsuit but in turn they may just put the Escapist bankrupt from a sustained financial drain of a lawsuit, that's what they got to be asking themselves. Will the revenue from a few ads clicks on a sensationalized article be able to match the outcome from a slanderous lawsuit against them.

Or do they take the humiliation of a public apology and retract the article but save face and also save money and move on.

There's actually a law that prevents corporations from trying to stifle this kind of thing: anti-SLAPP laws. CIG could have the suit dismissed immediately, or could be subject to heavy fines in addition to the defendant's legal costs.

Also, what Atomic said. CIG does not want to go to court, where everything gets opened up during discovery. They're playing right into Derek's hands with this.

Read more about SLAPP here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_lawsuit_against_public_participation

In the EU laws are different. And as journalist you better have DAMN SOLID PROOF if you claim criminal actions that someone else commits. Otherwise you can pay up to a few million €. Google Kachelmann + Bild for example, and UK has even more severe punishments.

Technically CIG can sue in the UK and thus, in the EU.

From pure entertainment standpoint, I'd be curious if CIG would actually do that though, since a court would *check* if the allegations are true.
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