A few days ago, several game news site reported that Korean Supreme Court confirms guilty verdict that former Lineage3 Development Team members' suspicion of leaking Lineage3 trade secret, including our site. I pointed out in the post that the suit was leaded by the Korean prosecution not by NCSoft. And meanwhile I mentioned another court case between NCsoft and Bluehole Studio is coming up soon. While since the news circulating the web many reader mistook that "TERA is guilty." So En Masse Entertainment comes out to post a response to the recent news, and reaffirms that Bluehole Studio is "not guilty" in the recent trial.
"It is no surprise that the latest spin on the story has it that "TERA is guilty." That is wrong. For the record, after extensive Korean proceedings, Bluehole Studio was NOT found to have made any use of any NCsoft trade secrets in the form of source code or game design. In fact, TERA didn’t even exist when the Korean case against the former NCsoft employees arose, and neither did En Masse Entertainment. In Korean civil proceedings, Bluehole was also found NOT to have been responsible for the exodus of NCsoft developers."
"What is a fact: If you're a legal scholar, you'll note that NCsoft hasn't filed a motion (known as an injunction) here in the US to prevent the launch of TERA. That's kind of surprising, because their legal documents originally said they would supposedly suffer grievous harm if TERA is launched."
"Another fact: If you read NCsoft’s complaint, they actually admit that their motive in bringing the suit is to prevent Bluehole and En Masse from competing with them: 'Since the release of TERA in Korea, NCsoft's Lineage sales and market share have declined, as have sales and market share of other NCsoft products.'"
And we want to state that NCSoft claim damages of USD 5.7 million against Bluehole Studios, the developer of TERA goes back to 2010. NCsoft won the original trial, but Bluehole Studio won the second trial. The final result hasn't yet come out. The related timeline is below.
2010 January: Civil court ordered 4 of the accused and Bluehole Studio to pay NCsoft 2,000,000,000 Korean Won for losses.
2011 January: Civil court dismissed previous ruling, stating Bluehole Studio will not need to pay for the damages.