The question is, can they now sue the ex employee for breaking a nda contract when he left
Not in Germany they can't. Over here in the USA, someone can rat on a company for doing something illegal, and get fired for it, despite laws saying that's not possible and every senator and congressman getting his tits all worked up over it. Example, the woman who ratted on Enron and lost her job, and Ms Rowley, who ratted on the FBI and lost her job.
In Germany, the laws work a bit differently, in that they are actually adhered to. So, this guy could not be sued for reporting a crime. In fact, every person in that company had a legal OBLIGATION to report this crime.
Edited some stuff out since I read the post from Matthias below.
Edit : The babelfish translation, as usual, sucks sweaty balls. The sentence doesn't say "evidence was being placed already surely", it says that police is currently in the process of gathering evidence. Ie, taking computers away and checking the software on it against any licenses.
Babelfish makes it sound like it was some kind of conspiracy setup job, when the original article makes no mention of anything like that.
Let's see if I can throw in a small translation for you non German speaking peeps. It basically said that some cops investigated their offices plus the home of their CEO, that preliminary reports indicate that they used illegal software, police is still gathering evidence and they were alerted to the fact by a FORMER Crytek employee. The word disgruntled is nowhere to be found in the article. (But maybe babelfish was thrown off by the spelling error in ehemaligen, which I think should be ehrmaligen?)
Ubisoft and Crytek so far have no comment, and it's unknown whether the raid will have any effect on the development schedule of Farcry.
This comment was edited on Feb 4, 19:06.