Ark Survival Evolved dev settles lawsuit with Trendy0 Comments
After months of teeth gnashing and some rather serious accusations, the lawsuit between Ark: Survival Evolved creator Studio Wildcard and Dungeon Defenders developer Trendy Entertainment has settled out of court for a reported $40 million.
The lawsuit began this past December when Trendy accused one of its former employees — Jeremy Stieglitz, the husband of one of Studio Wildcard's founding members, Susan Stieglitz — of violating his non-compete clause with Trendy by working on Ark behind the scenes as well as trying to recruit members of Trendy's team over to Studio Wildcard.
The $40 million settlement is apparently not the full victory Trendy hoped for, as Susan Stieglitz tweeted on Tuesday that Trendy "want[ed] 600 million." She then revealed the $40 million figure to an inquiring fan via direct message, who subsequently shared that message on Reddit.
This was quite the tawdry affair, with many allegations of impropriety being thrown around before the settlement was reached. I find it curious that Studio Wildcard decided to settle, especially after calling the lawsuit "irrelevant, immaterial, impertinent, and scandalous," back in March. Perhaps the Ark developer was more culpable in these wrongdoings than it wanted the world to know, but without the facts in the case in front of me I'll never know for sure. I'm just glad the whole thing is finally over with.