Epic Games responds to Silicon Knights case

By Steve Watts, Apr 01, 2011 2:00pm PDT

Epic Games has offered an official statement to the case from Silicon Knights, which was recently granted permission to go before a federal jury. It outlines some of the claims that were dismissed by the court, and points out that allowing other claims to go forward doesn't equate to a ruling, Develop reports.

The court entered judgment in favour of Epic on several claims, rejecting Silicon Knights' claims that it could cancel its license agreement, that Epic interfered with its contractual relationships with publishers, and that Epic has acted unjustly under the license.

    The court did not rule on the merits of Silicon Knights' remaining claims. The court was not permitted to judge the credibility of witnesses or evidence, or otherwise take into account Epic's opposing evidence, and therefore merely acknowledged that, under the rules of civil procedure, it had to allow a jury to consider both sides’ evidence on the remaining claims.

    Allowing those claims to move forward to a jury is not a ruling on their merits. The court simply concluded that the disputed evidence should be heard and resolved by the jury.

Epic went on to say it "remains confident that it will be fully vindicated at trial."

Yesterday, we reported that a federal court granted Silicon Knights the ability to present most of its allegations to a federal jury regarding the Unreal Engine 3 dispute. Among the claims are fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unfair competition, breach of contract, and breach of warranty.

The case has already been going on for years, having started in 2007. Subpoenas were issued in 2008, but since then the case has been fairly quiet. Now that it's going to a federal jury, we should hear more as it develops.

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