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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.

Alissa McAloon

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

A statement given to Eurogamer from Frontier confirmed the original TMZ report, stating that Frontier first tried to solve things directly with Atari, but that the publisher hasn’t been cooperative. 

"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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Alissa McAloon

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As the Publisher of Game Developer, Alissa McAloon brings a decade of experience in the video game industry and media. When not working in the world of B2B game journalism, Alissa enjoys spending her time in the worlds of immersive sandbox games or dabbling in the occasional TTRPG.

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