Silicon Knights Ordered To Destroy Their Unreal Engine Titles
Silicon Knights Ordered To Destroy Their Unreal Engine Titles

Silicon Knights, developers of the not so great title Too Human and more recently X-Men: Destiny, have been ordered by a court to recall and destroy all unsold copies of any games they have released which utilises Unreal Engine 3. The developers recently lost a counter-sue by Epic Games, forcing them to destroy all of their unsold Unreal titles as well as pay Epic Games a staggering $ 9 million.

This all started way back in 2007 when Silicon Knights took Epic to court over the Unreal Engine, saying that it did not work in the way Epic had promised. Surprise surprise, Epic Games later counter-sued Silicon Knights, with the case only going to trial earlier this year. Epic eventually won the court battle, but it seemed Silicon Knights were in way over their heads from the start, with the judge claiming that a victory for them would only have wielded $ 1 million per claim. Not a lot for a company that lost quite a bit more on Too Human alone.

The judge ruled that Silicon Knights must now pay Epic an additional $ 278,000 in court costs, $ 2.09 million in attorney fees and $ 2.3 million in pre-judgment interest. Add that to the $ 4.45 million already owed to Epic Games and you reach a massive estimate of around $ 9 million. Epic Games, suffice to say, were happy with the ruling.

“Epic Games appreciates the court’s careful consideration of the motions and is gratified by the order.”

It’s sad to say it, but this probably marks the end of yet another developer. So long Silicon Knights.


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