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NCsoft files lawsuit to block the release of TERA in the US

Thursday, 26th January 2012 17:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

NCsoft has filed a lawsuit against Bluehole Studio and En Masse Entertainment in the US Court District of New York in an attempt to block the sale of TERA in the US.

According to court documents filed on January 9 and obtained by MMOCulture, Bluehole has been accused of stealing software and artwork from NCsoft and using the assets in TERA. The firm developing the project is made up of former NCsoft employees who were part of the Lineage III team.

“These individuals did not leave NCsoft empty-handed or with benign intent,” the complaint states. “To the contrary, they made off with copious amounts of confidential and proprietary NCsoft information, computer software, hardware and artwork relating to Lineage III.

“Their business plan was simple and audacious: create a competing product using the very work they had done while at NCsoft, launch it themselves to great fanfare and acclaim, and, in the process, deal a crippling blow to their former employer.”

In April 2007, Seoul Metropolitan Police arrested seven former employees of NCsoft who were suspected of selling the Lineage III source code to a major Japanese game company. In 2009, the former NCsoft employees were convicted in Korea for stealing trade secrets from the company, and the majority of the convictions were upheld by an appellate court.

However, NCsoft lodged a civil complaint against the individuals and Bluehole in 2010, winning damages and had an injunction placed barring the individuals from using information gleaned. The damages were eventually overturned by an appellate court,and appeals for both the criminal and civil cased are currently pending in South Korea’s high court.

Bluehole launched TERA in Korea last year despite the ongoing legalities, and plans to launch the MMO in Europe and the US in May.

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2 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    Oh that won’t fair well against Bluehole studio unless they can show they have never worked on this project at NCsoft. They are screwed. I know of so many people that had worked on projects while working at home but being employed with a studio already and because of the contract they sign which specifically says if you work on any game related projects they are part of the companies property, especially so if using the companies software.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    It’s all true though, it’s a well-documented thing as one of their number even admitted to it. And really, stealing does seem to be a thing that they do. An example of this is that a short while after ArenaNet released their brilliant Manifesto, Bluehole released a video with their people saying almost exactly the same things, word for word.

    So I honestly wouldn’t put it past them. They just don’t really seem to have any scruples. I am all for an honest developer but these people just aren’t that. And these aren’t the only things that are questionable/shady about them either, as you’d discover with a little Google research.

    I mean, yes, they have a great looking game. But that was supposed to be NCSoft’s great looking game.

    #2 3 years ago

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