Fraud allegations rejected, leaving the Too Human developer to cough up.
The lengthy legal tussle between Epic and Dennis Dyack's Silicon Knights has come to and end, with the latter being forced to pay out a whopping $4.5m in damages.
In 2007 Dyack threw his toys out of the pram over the quality of Epic's Unreal Engine. Dyack claimed that Epic was funding Gears of War 3 using cash gathered from Unreal 3 licensing fees – cash that should have been spent on improving the engine.
As a result of this disservice, Dyack argued, Silicon Knights was forced to abandon the use of Unreal 3 for the development of Too Human, a change which massively increased the cost of making the game.
Unfortunately for Dennis, the North Carolina court didn't see things this way – rejecting every one of Silicon Knight's claims, and approving Epic's counter-claims.
Silicon Knights must now pay out $4.5m in damages. Epic also has 30 days to ask the court for the reimbursement of its legal fees, which could further drive up the bill for Dyack and co.