informa
2 min read
article

Creators of Star Control accuse Stardock of publishing games without permission

The creators of Star Control accuse software development company Stardock of publishing earlier games without their permission.

Creators of Star Control Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III have made a statement claiming they are in "legal conflict" with Stardock, accusing the game and software development company of publishing their earlier games without permission.

Stardock acquired Atari's rights for the Star Control IP at a bankruptcy auction back in 2013, although Ford and Reiche say that "Atari’s rights to publish our earlier games terminated over a decade before the auction and we contend that Stardock has zero rights to our games, including any code and other IP we created."

President and CEO of Stardock Brad Wardell responded to the duo's claim, saying "for the entirety of the time we have held the rights, they have been getting paid for those sales. If they had an objection to the games being sold this is something that could and should have been addressed before we were ever involved."

The post by Wardell goes on to state that "many assets were transferred to us including the various publishing agreements to the Star Control franchise. The short version is that the classic IP is messy." 

In response to the accusations, digital distributor GOG.com has announced that it will remove Star Control 1, 2, and 3 from its storefront on Tuesday, December 5th. 

Latest Jobs

Treyarch

Playa Vista, California
6.20.22
Audio Engineer

Digital Extremes

London, Ontario, Canada
6.20.22
Communications Director

High Moon Studios

Carlsbad, California
6.20.22
Senior Producer

Build a Rocket Boy Games

Edinburgh, Scotland
6.20.22
Lead UI Programmer
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Register for a
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Account

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Register for a

Game Developer Account

Gain full access to resources (events, white paper, webinars, reports, etc)
Single sign-on to all Informa products

Register
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more