Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Legal Dispute

Hi all,

As you are all aware, Evony have finally won the legal battle with Heroic Era over Caesary.

"Evony won a lawsuit against the developer of Caesary, Heroic Era. As a publisher, we have been forced to remove the game from our website. We will not be relaunching the game under a new name, as we understand that a simple name and logo change will not make the court order to remove the game go away.

From our standpoint, we are very sad to remove this game. R2Games did not develop Caesary, and is not the subject of Evony's lawsuit. We are simply affected by its outcome."

- From R2Games

"For everyone here, I would like to say thank you all so much for your awesome support and love for the game! It is with great sadness and regret to announce that we are now forced to shut down Caesary/Call of Roma. We are not the developer for this game, we are only one of the publishers. We signed this game about 1 year ago with developer's claim that they have the rights. But with the recent updates on the legal case, the developer lost the case due to not able to obtain visa in time to defend themselves.  Today, we have been demanded by Evony to shut the game, otherwise, they may go after us."

- From Lekool

So far, it seems that Heroic Era are just going to let the issue go away, as there have been no announcements made about this at all. The fact that they did not even turn up to the court means that they either are accepting the decision, and are merely trying to wring more money out of us players before the inevitable end, or they are confident that the US court decision will not affect them in China. There are issues with jurisdiction of each court, and it may well be that they have a court order or injunction of some kind from a China-based court which overules the decision for the China-based company. We have no way of knowing.

What we do know is that there is a good chance of the game in its entirety being closed down for good.

1 comment:

  1. I never ever read such type of info before this was really incredible. a knockout post