Crytek Sues Star Citizen Developer Over Copyright Infringement

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Crytek sues Star Citizen studios over use of CryEngine (update)

We have some bad news for those of you looking forward to Star Citizen and Squadron 42. Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) and Roberts Space Industries (RSI), the developers behind the game that's raised almost $200 million via crowdfunding, are being sued by game publisher Crytek. It claims that the Chris Roberts helmed company breached contract when it changed game engines from CryEngine to Amazon's Lumberyard and claimed it illegally shared information about its engine with Amazon's developers. This is evident in marketing material for the game, which shows lines of code belonging to none other than CryEngine 3. Now, Crytek is of the opinion that Squadron 42 is not included in their initial agreement and that Cloud Imperium Games agreed to exclusively develop Star Citizen with CryEngine. "This is a meritless lawsuit that we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter".

Obviously it looks like this is a battle that'll be resolved in the courtroom rather than space. It's interesting because that would likely make the CryEngine the most sought after AAA game engine on the market if RSI/CIG handed over the current engine source code to Crytek.

Crytek say that CIG and RSI received "a substantial reduction from Crytek's usual licensing fees in view of the promotional consideration".

Yes, Crytek is suing RSI for not making the current version of the CryEngine (or what's left of it) that can generate entire galaxies a complete version of the engine for Crytek to use.

"We are aware of the Crytek complaint having been filed in the US District Court", CIG say in their statement. As we reported in 2016, CIG and RSI began selling two distinct games - Squadron 42 and the Star Citizen Persistent Universe. Despite raising more and more cash through crowdfunding, Crytek states that CIG infringed Crytek's copyrights in CryEngine and they breached "several promises" made in the agreement.

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The complaints continue with Crytek stating that CIG did not provide bug fixes and optimisations to Crytek for CryEngine which was part of the agreement.

However, the suit also alleges that CIG removed logos and that RSI no longer prominently features or advertises the CryEngine during video promotion.

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Crytek is demanding direct damages, indirect damages and a permanent injunction to prevent CIG and RSI "from continuing to possess or use the Copyrighted Work".

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