The lawsuit that spawned in the aftermath of Aliens: Colonial Marines is all but a memory now but that doesn’t mean things have died down completely. One person in particular has mentioned the matter since. None other than Randy Pitchford, CEO and President of Gearbox. In an interview with GamesIndustry he is asked a couple of questions in relation to the lawsuit.
The answer? One question was dodged. The other was, long story short, blaming the legal system for being incompetent:
Q: Now that Gearbox has been dropped from the civil suit regarding Aliens: Colonial Marines, do you feel fully vindicated? Do tensions with SEGA remain?
Randy Pitchford: That whole thing was a huge waste of time. The market proved it was doing its job perfectly. The market is dispassionate – rewarding what it likes and punishing what it doesn’t. There is an objectivity and fairness in the open market’s harsh, firm justice.
For every place the market succeeded, the legal system failed as it was being manipulated by what appeared to me to be essentially mafia style extortion tactics. Sadly, the manipulation would have actually worked, as it had in other cases with those same guys and to the detriment of the industry and gamers and actual, you know, justice. But those guys made a mistake in naming us as defendants because we stood up to them. That’s all it took – someone to stand up yo them. And so they lost since they didn’t have a legitimate case.
SEGA has no doubt moved on from the matter. With Creative Assembly now manning the helm in developing Alien games, a lack of any words on the subject, and with Alien: Isolation being very successful the lawsuit is likely nothing more than a memory for the company too.
As for whether there are any potential tensions with SEGA that remain, we may never know for sure.
This post was originally written by the author for TSSZ News.