Epic Games and Silicon Knights’ Court Drama Finally Rolls to a Close
In a courtroom drama that’s taken the larger part of a decade to resolve, the legal fight between Silicon Knights and Epic Games is seemingly coming to a close. Starting in 2007 with the development of Too Human over some licensing problems regarding use of the latest version of the Unreal Engine, it evolved into something much more when Epic Games quickly counter-sued in response to Silicon Knights’ claim.
Fast-forward to May 2012, Silicon Knights ended up not only losing their prosecution case but lost the counter-suit as well, finally receiving the terms of their loss in November 2012: Epic Games is entitled to $4.5 million in damages and $4.7 in legal and associated charges, totaling $9.2 million. To add insult to injury, in January of 2013, Silicon Knights was forced to take down and destroy all available copies of Too Human and X-Men Destiny due to code from the games containing copyright infractions, including taking down copies of Too Human available via digital distribution. Silicon Kinghts, of course, tried to appeal this decision in December of 2013 but was turned down on January 6th of this year.
This refusal of Silicon Knights’ appeal may be the final nail in the coffin, finally ending this unfortunate backfire.