3D Realms has filed a suit against Gearbox Software over unpaid Duke Nukem Forever royalties. The breach of contract suit was filed in Texas on Friday, June 7 with the claim that Gearbox didn’t pay out all the monies stipulated in the purchase agreement between the two companies signed back in 2010.
3D Realms also claim Gearbox has blocked an independent audit of the royalties.
“3D Realms has therefore been required to file this lawsuit to enforce the purchase agreement, to recover the amounts due and owing from Gearbox and to enforce the audit right provided by the agreement to enable it to conduct an audit of Gearbox’s royalties,” the complaint read.
Gearbox has denied the allegations: “The reality is that 3D Realms received the full benefit of its bargain. Gearbox, in fulfillment of its commitments, enriched 3D Realms, saved 3DR from its debts and rescued 3DR from its failed dozen plus year attempt to ship Duke Nukem Forever.
“Everyone wished that 3DR’s game was better received by the market for the benefit of gamers and profit to its creators. While 3DR might not wish the reality that the results make clear, 3DR turned out to be the only beneficiary of the deal. Gearbox Software, meanwhile, experienced damage to its credibility and loss of its money.”
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