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Planet Coaster dev suing Atari over $2.2M in unpaid royalties
The RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 dev is suing Atari for royalties owed on the 2003 game, following a third-party report that Frontier is owed significantly more than originally paid.
January 3, 2017
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Frontier Developments, known recently for Planet Coaster, is suing Atari to resolve the issue of unpaid royalties owed from the sales of the 2003 game RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and its expansions.
The legal action comes as a result of reports from an unnamed website that indicated the game sold more copies than originally reported by Atari.
According to that site, Frontier should’ve pulled $3.37 million in royalties from RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 and its two expansions, rather than the $1.17 million indicated by Atari’s numbers
"We can confirm Frontier is currently pursuing a complaint against Atari. We have attempted to resolve this issue without legal action since April 2016,” said Frontier chief operating officer David Walsh.
“We have so far been denied our contractual right to audit by Atari, and we are unfortunately left with no other way to resolve our concerns. We are unable to offer any further comment while the matter is subject to due legal process."
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