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Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium

Crytek is suing Cloud Imperium Games in California District Court claiming CIG is failing to live up to the terms of their agreement to use CryENGINE to power Star Citizen, the crowdfunded space game. They say the license covers one game alone, and that since Squadron 42 is now a separate product, it would require its own game license. They also claim that their logos, trademark notices, and copyright information has been improperly removed from Star Citizen marketing materials. Gamasutra has a response to this from Cloud Imperium, who explain that this lawsuit is without merit since they took a page from the Duke Nukem Forever playbook and switched game engines:

"We are aware of the Crytek complaint having been filed in the US District Court. CIG hasn’t used the CryEngine for quite some time since we switched to Amazon’s Lumberyard. This is a meritless lawsuit that we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter."

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43. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 18, 2017, 03:03 Kosumo
 
Yeah, totally, but what about Chris Robert breaking his contacted with Crytek who help him get his kickstarter going?

That sounds to me like the kind of stand up guy that Chris is.

Hope this goes to court so we can see what as really happened.
 
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42. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 17, 2017, 11:01 theyarecomingforyou
 
Kxmode wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 15:43:
Derek Smart is foaming at the mouth. I read a couple of his tweets. The guy sounds like he's having a pride-induced organism from his "I told you so" righteousness. It's palpable and toxic. However, it's like watching an episode of Jerry Springer. I think he's two steps away from throwing a chair.
It's hilarious. He's an absolute anus trumpet. Here are some of his pathetic predictions:

1) CIG would fold by January 2016
OUTCOME: CIG is still going strong

2) CIG Austin will close and be rellocated (stated in 2015)
OUTCOME: CIG Austin is still going and taking on more staff

3) If CIG made it to 2016 they'd announce the Xbox One version
OUTCOME: No console version

4) Planetary landing isn't possible and the technology is decades away
OUTCOME: Already playable in the 3.0 PTU test

5) Star Marine cancelled at CitizenCon
OUTCOME: Already released

He's jealous that Chris Roberts has achieved what he never could whilst his own 'games' are widely derided. All he wants is for the game to fail and he has started numerous campaigns to undermine the game. Fortunately nobody takes him seriously.

On a serious note, Derek Smart is clearly derranged and needs psychiatric attention.
 
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41. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 15, 2017, 12:55 Peter M. Smith
 
NewMaxx wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 11:40:
It's all in the document.

In that Agreement, Defendants promised, among other things, (i) to use the CryEngine game development platform exclusively and to promote that platform within the video game, (ii) to collaborate with Crytek on CryEngine development, and (iii) to take a number of steps to ensure that Crytek's intellectual property was protected. Defendants utterly failed to follow through on those promises

After listening to a lot of Leonard French, here's my take:

This is what one party is claiming the other party did/didn't do. It's for the court to decide where the truth in the statement is.
 
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40. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 15, 2017, 04:00 El Pit
 
When they went from single-player Wing Commander inspired game to MMO AND single-player and sold JPGs and new feature after new feature after new feature, it was obvious - the supporters would be FLAGSHIPPED!

Is Bill Roper working with CIG? Or what is he doing now?
 
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39. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 18:30 jdreyer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 13:25:
panbient wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 09:30:
Amazing.
Only question I have on this is - will CIG's next big crowdfunding effort happen before or after the holidays?
They will have big crowdfunding events before, during and after. duh

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38. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 17:18 Eirikrautha
 
"Cocaine is God's way of telling you you are making too much money." -- Robin Williams.

Mr. Williams, I give you ... Star Citizen!
 
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37. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 15:43 Kxmode
 
Derek Smart is foaming at the mouth. I read a couple of his tweets. The guy sounds like he's having a pride-induced organism from his "I told you so" righteousness. It's palpable and toxic. However, it's like watching an episode of Jerry Springer. I think he's two steps away from throwing a chair.  
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36. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 13:25 RedEye9
 
panbient wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 09:30:
Amazing.
Only question I have on this is - will CIG's next big crowdfunding effort happen before or after the holidays?
They will have big crowdfunding events before, during and after. duh

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35. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 12:11 SpectralMeat
 
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34. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 11:53 aka_STEVE
 
someone will need to be selling alot more of those virtual land plots to pay for the lawsuits incoming.....

 
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33. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 11:40 NewMaxx
 
It's all in the document.

In that Agreement, Defendants promised, among other things, (i) to use the CryEngine game development platform exclusively and to promote that platform within the video game, (ii) to collaborate with Crytek on CryEngine development, and (iii) to take a number of steps to ensure that Crytek's intellectual property was protected. Defendants utterly failed to follow through on those promises
 
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32. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 10:29 eRe4s3r
 
Peeeling wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 09:08:
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 23:12:
Huh, isn't Lumberyard based on Cryengine after Amazon bought the engine after Crytek folded? I am confused.

And that aside, Crytek still exists? Good for them I guess. But what the actual fuck is this lawsuit? CIG uses Lumberyard not CryEngine, and even if they used CryEngine this isn't "really" CryEngine anymore after 90% of the systems had been replaced....

I would actually be really shocked if this lawsuit went anywhere. Whoever made that original engine contract must have been a fucking idiot if they did actually sign a "we don't change engine" clause.

Not really. According to the suit, CIG negotiated a significant discount from the usual licensing rate by promising to exclusively use Cryengine, promising to prominently feature Crytek copyright notices on launch, and promising to collaborate with Crytek by back-propagating bug-fixes and optimisations to Crytek. The deal was, essentially: you get to use our engine as a launchpad at knockdown rates, in exchange for which we are along for the ride PR-wise and tech-wise.

In other news: Nacho stocks soar as world popcorn shortage drives snackers elsewhere.

Oh that's absolutely worth popcorn then
 
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31. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 09:30 panbient
 
And yet, even a bare bones skeleton of a company struggling to keep afloat can be seen as the big bad villain trying to bully the little guy who's pulled in well over $100 million from the public without actually delivering anything besides magical moving goalposts.

Amazing.

Only question I have on this is - will CIG's next big crowdfunding effort happen before or after the holidays?
 
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30. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 09:22 Prez
 
I need to keep up with the daytime soap opera that is Star Citizen's development. Last I knew they were still using the skeleton of the Cryengine. The thing was torn down and reworked so heavily that it was practically its own new engine, but it still had Cryengine bones. Which of course again begs the oft asked question why use the Cryengine for a project so far removed from what that engine was designed for to begin with, but at any rate this seems to be just another case of CIG's dubious choices in Star Citizen's planning phase coming back to haunt them.
 
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29. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 09:08 Peeeling
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 23:12:
Huh, isn't Lumberyard based on Cryengine after Amazon bought the engine after Crytek folded? I am confused.

And that aside, Crytek still exists? Good for them I guess. But what the actual fuck is this lawsuit? CIG uses Lumberyard not CryEngine, and even if they used CryEngine this isn't "really" CryEngine anymore after 90% of the systems had been replaced....

I would actually be really shocked if this lawsuit went anywhere. Whoever made that original engine contract must have been a fucking idiot if they did actually sign a "we don't change engine" clause.

Not really. According to the suit, CIG negotiated a significant discount from the usual licensing rate by promising to exclusively use Cryengine, promising to prominently feature Crytek copyright notices on launch, and promising to collaborate with Crytek by back-propagating bug-fixes and optimisations to Crytek. The deal was, essentially: you get to use our engine as a launchpad at knockdown rates, in exchange for which we are along for the ride PR-wise and tech-wise.

In other news: Nacho stocks soar as world popcorn shortage drives snackers elsewhere.
 
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28. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 05:53 Kxmode
 
Retired wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 01:03:
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The feeling is mutual. I just don't care to beat this dead horse anymore. You know it's going to implode or explode (or both!) so what's the fun in that?
 
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27. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 05:51 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 22:18:
Given that Lumberyard is built from CryEngine, I wonder from an intellectual/contractual standpoint if it constitutes a different engine or not.

With Star Citizen / SQ42, does it even matter?
 
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26. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 05:50 Kxmode
 
It's probably safe to say fear and loathing is common in Los Angeles.  
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25. Re: Skyrim Creation Club Launches with Survival Mode Dec 14, 2017, 03:33 Kajetan
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 22:18:
Given that Lumberyard is built from CryEngine, I wonder from an intellectual/contractual standpoint if it constitutes a different engine or not.
No. From a legal point of view Lumberyard is a different, independent entity, a new engine. Just like CIG bought the CryEngine, not licenced it, Amazon bought (!) the CryEngine code, has NOT licenced it. Lumberyard is Amazons baby, regardless of its technical roots.
 
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24. Re: Crytek Suing Cloud Imperium Dec 14, 2017, 03:21 NKD
 
Rigs wrote on Dec 14, 2017, 02:13:
Kosumo wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 23:28:
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 13, 2017, 23:12:
Whoever made that original engine contract must have been a fucking idiot if they did actually sign a "we don't change engine" clause.

You are talking about Ortwin and Chris "I married a tickle porn actress" Roberts.

He has not made a computer (or any that I know of) game in 20 years.

Wing Commander The Movie was a totally flop - he directed it.

He was black listed in Hollywood due to lawsuits.

Anyone who has given him money in the last 15 years as regreated it.

He lies all the time.

He deserves what is coming.

Dammit, can we have one thread where we aren't devolving into a political argument about the President? Every damn ti- oh, wait. Huh...

=-Rigs-=

HAHAHAHA! By god you're right! Chris Roberts is basically Trump!
 
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