Saturday, July 31, 2010

Garriott Wins $28 Million in NCSoft Lawsuit | IncGamers

Garriott Wins $28 Million in NCSoft Lawsuit | IncGamers


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Richard Allen Garriott is probably the most famous game developer, largely thanks to his Ultima series.


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He won a lawsuit against NCSoft, a Korea-based game company. The lawsuit was factually on whether NCSoft terminated Garriott or Garriott walked out voluntarily. If the termination was voluntary, Garriott's had to exercise his stock option within 90 days from termination. If NCSoft let Garriott go, he could exercise his stock option any time. Garriott alleged that NCSoft reported his termination as voluntary and forced him to exercise the stock option, thereby causing him millions of loss.


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Fish & Richardson was the lawyer for Garriott and this article has more to read. (here)

The majority of replies on Korean BBS is sentimentally opposed to Garriott's move after he parted with NCSoft. Many think Garriott is a so-called "Eat-and-Run" (Muk-Twee) and it is unethical that he went after for damages against NCSoft after incurring so much loss to NCSoft by failing to make Tabula Rasa a successful game.


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I don't know whether Garriott is a real "Eat-and-Run" and I don't think any internet surfer who doesn't have a knowledge of the balance sheet of the NCSoft-Garriott deal have anything to say about whether he's an Eat-and-Run. I agree with one anonymous reply that NCSoft must have expected attention from the game community when it signed with Garriott and it received such attention indeed. That will make both ends meet. If NCSoft expected Garriott not only would give NCSoft a fame but also the rebirth of Ultima III, it is a different story. Did NCSoft expected another Ultima III? I don't know.

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