Mark Rein Talks Silicon Knights UE3 Suit

Epic Games’ VP Mark Rein has spoken out today to offer an update on the company’s legal battle with developer Silicon Knights, in regards to alleged allegation that Epic kept the best version of the Unreal Engine to itself for Gears of War development and provided Silicon Knights, as well as other Epic licensees, a older version for use in their game. Rein, however, has now commented that they have “done nothing wrong,” adding, “We continue to be committed to fully defending against Silicon Knights’ unfounded allegations.”

He went on to comment that Epic has filed a counterclaim in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. In the counter claim it states that SK “decided to misappropriate Epic’s licensed technology” and that their lawsuit “lacks factual or legal merit.” It went onto comment that ” setting forth claims for copyright infringement, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, and for the imposition of a constructive trust, results from Silicon Knights’ wrongful conduct, which is continuing… Epic seeks injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, the destruction of infringing goods, including infringing computer code, and attorney’s fees and costs.

Indeed, the plain language of the Silicon Knights’ Complaint makes clear that Silicon Knights wants to take Epic’s Licensed Technology, pay nothing for it, and use it any way it pleases,” Epic said.