The entire Star Citizen debacle involving developers Cloud Imperium Games, CEO Chris Roberts and publication The Escapist is quickly turning into a mess to follow. If you’re keeping score, CIG and Roberts yesterday threaten the publication with legal action if a few demands weren’t met, including a public apology for their questionably sourced report, as well as a retraction. Twenty four hours have passed since, and The Escapist are not backing down.
Instead, they’re corroborating with their previous sources as well as drawing information from new ones that their report on the development of Star Citizen reached. In a short update posted on their website, The Escapist stands by their previous article and its accusations, but also puts the ball firmly in CIG’s court again.
The Escapist, notwithstanding Cloud Imperium Games’ notice and posting, stands by its coverage of Star Citizen and intends to continue to investigate the developing story. Since publishing our original stories, we have been contacted by, and are currently interviewing, additional sources corroborating a variety of the reported allegations. Additionally, if Mr. Roberts’ offer for The Escapist to “meet the developers making the game and see how we’re building one of the most ambitious PC games first hand” remains open, we take the opportunity to accept such invitation so as to hopefully provide the public with sufficient information and opportunity to vet such sources’ allegations and claims for themselves. We have also communicated the foregoing directly to Cloud Imperium Games.
A legal representative for CIG made it very clear yesterday that legal action would be pursued if the article wasn’t taken down, so all eyes are on them now to see if these threats are going to be followed through. The Escapist seems dedicated to their story, and I personally think it would be beneficial for both sides to engage in the studio tour that Chris Roberts offered last week. Although I have no doubt it won’t be the end of the story, it could clear a few important points up.
The Escapist, sticking to their guns regarding embezzlement, abuse and deception accusations, now has to prove without a doubt that their in-question sources have provided them with credible information. If CIG does indeed take them to court, that will definitely be one of the deciding factors.
Last Updated: October 6, 2015