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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i see people looking at this without enough nuance, they are seeing it black and white "no its not a scam" or "its a scam hes a con artist" etc. etc.

but i think its a much more grey area here. the facts of the situation, the ground truth is that people have shelled out lots of money for virtual products in a game that doesnt exist (yet).. and in that respect, so far it is EFFECTIVELY a scam and a "rip off"

it doesnt matter what Christ Roberts intentions are.. thats beside the point, because im sure his intention is to build the best video game of all time which surpasses all forms of entertainment and becomes a literal experience of ultimate paradise which grants total enlightenment, etc. etc. and so forth...

however, the realities of actual day-to-day life that require the completion of many small efforts in many parallel series combined into many cohesive threads which are woven into many fabrics, etc. etc. and so forth - this is another story altogether than "intention"

so the reality is that people are simply funding his ongoing dreams, and their minor tertiary activities like making test demos and cutscenes and room simulators, and of course the glorious SHIPSSSSSS - with which to keep the fires of the passions stoked, to keep the thralls hypnotized en masse so their devotion shall not wane... again, not intentionally, just effectively

people know how to do these things reflexively and instinctually, like throwing a ball or catching it.. its not necessarily planned out like a mustache twirling guy in a black hat

the main thing that Christ Roberts cant admit to himself is that his obsession with his vision is overriding his (and everyone elses) ability to actually manifest it in any kind of effective way... its just very clear from all the changes in direction and the feature creep to end all feature creeps, the haphazard "module" demos, the rambling blog posts and social media bullshit, and all the rest.

its not on the up and up, its been imploding for a while now.. we'll see what happens next, but i doubt its going to be rosy
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