Judge says Silicon Knights illegally copied Unreal Engine

Earlier this year, a judge ruled that Canadian game developer Silicon Knights must pay Epic Games $4.45 million after losing its long running lawsuit against Epic Games. Now the developer is facing even more problems as a judge has now increased the money that it must pay Epic Games.

Gamasutra reports that, earlier this week, North Carolina District Judge James Dever ruled that Silicon Knights must now pay a total of $9.2 million to Epic in both damages and legal costs. Furthermore, the judge ruled that Silicon Knights actually tried to steal computer code from Epic's Unreal Engine. The code was used by the developer to make its own game engine which it used for two games, Too Human and X-Men Destiny.

The judge added that Epic Games must "independently verify that Silicon Knights's game engine no longer contains any of Epic Games's Licensed Technology." Finally, the court ruled that unsold copies of both Too Human and X-Men Destiny must be recalled from stores and destroyed.

Recent rumors claim that Silicon Knights has just a few game developers currently on staff. The judge's ruling revealed three previously unannounced games that Silicon Knights was working on but development of those games must now also stop as a result of this new court decision.

Source: Gamasutra | Image via Epic Games

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