Back in November, we wrote about a federal judge ordering Canadian video game developer Silcon Knights to recall and destroy all unsold copies of Too Human. This was the result of a nasty court battle beginning in 2007, and the judge also ordered all other games containing North Carolina-based Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 game engine be recalled and destroyed. The video game website Kotaku reported that the order extends to digital copies of the action role-playing game, “as anything associated with Too Human, an Xbox 360 exclusive, has been wiped from Xbox Live.”
Microsoft sent a statement to the video game website Eurogamer confirming that it had removed Too Human content from the Xbox Marketplace at Silicon Knights’ request. North Carolina District Judge James Dever’s order followed a jury’s finding that Silicon Knights breached its license agreement, misappropriated Epic’s trade secrets and infringed Epic’s copyrights in using Unreal Engine 3 code in Too Human. Kotaku noted, “Lest you think this was entirely Epic’s doing, remember that Silicon Knights itself brought the lawsuit that resulted in this judgment, a Matlock-esque reversal of fortune.” Eurogamer said that “reports suggest Silicon Knights is hanging by a thread,” and it was believed that “only five staff remain at the developer, including its controversial chief Denis Dyack.”
This was a very costly legal battle for Silicon Knights, and you can learn more about breach of contract actions by visiting our website. If you need legal representation in a dispute regarding trade secrets, breach of contract or copyright infringement, use the form on this page or contact our firm today at (323) 653-3900 to have our Los Angeles business litigation attorney review your case.
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