A few years ago Too Human developer Silicon Knights sued Epic Game, creators of the Unreal Engine. Their claim was that Epic had withheld key aspects of the engine to ensure their flagship title Gears of War stood out in comparison to its rivals. As the trial moved forward Epic counter sued and demonstrated that Silicon Knights had ripped off their code in an attempt to make their own engine. Result? The Judge has ordered Silicon Knights to pay Epic $4.45 Million in damages; pay $4.68 Million in attorneys’ fees, court costs, and prejudgment interest; recall and destroy all unsold games using the Unreal Engine 3; and to delete all code from their current games based on the Unreal Engine 3. [more info] It seems certain that this lawsuit will destroy Silicon Knights.
I understand fully that a Star Wars reference has NOTHING to do with this particular gaming news. But, it was the first visual that came to mind when I was trying to figure out how to convey the story to you guys as quickly/concisely as I could. Greedo comes to shoot Han Solo and gets shot himself.
It all made sense in my head at least.