Stardock Lawsuit Drama


Don’t you just love a good drama story? This one’s about Stardock the studio that developed and released the highly unsuccessful Elemental: War of Magic. Kotaku has a story that sheds a little bit of light on a story that was going around not too long ago. The original story that broke was that Stardock was suing an ex-employee for losses of over a million dollars for taking and/or damaging marketing materials on their way out the door. New light has been shed on this case in the form of a previous lawsuit that the CEO was already in – with the same employee in which she accused him of sexual harassment.

Miseta was the manager of marketing at Stardock when she quit around three weeks before Elemental shipped. When she left in August, 2010, she was threatening a suit against Wardell for sexual harassment. That suit was filed in December, 2010, seeking unspecified damages in excess of $25,000. The best evidence comes in the forms of several statements and emails made by the CEO, Brad Wardell. Email records showed that he said she wasn’t just chosen “because [she was] hot,” and a link to a sexual purity survey and request to send the score back to him.

She sent him an email in May asking him to stop with the sexual harassment and he sent back “I am an inappropriate, sexist, vulgar and embarrassing person and I’m not inclined to change my behavior. If this is a problem, you need to find another job,” which is exactly what she did. On August 3rd she was out the door. It seems that the lawsuit over damaging marketing materials is a PR redirection in hopes that the backlash over the sexual harassment case that’s pending will be overshadowed by a “bad employee.”

If he did or didn’t harass her, and if she did or didn’t destroy any documents, I think one thing can be agreed upon: BACK UP YOUR DOCUMENTS!


Steam Adds $100 Fee to Greenlight

Steam Greenlight Fee

In a much needed move, Steam has decided to add a $100 listing fee to all Greenlight submissions. The issue with Greenlight up to this point has been the myriad of fake games, games people would like to see on Steam, and jokes submitted. The whole platform itself is supposed to be a tool that developers can use to have their game added to Steam – not a running wishlist for people who want Minecraft or Mass Effect 3 on Steam. If you’re a game developer and are serious about getting your game released on Steam, a $100 fee isn’t going to stand in your way, and the new requirement will cut down on all the clutter and noise.


Diaspora: Shattered Armistice


Diaspora is an episodic-release single and multiplayer space fighter combat game set in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica universe. For those of you who are fans of both Battlestar Galactica and space-flight sims, this will be right up your alley. Since it’s built on the FreeSpace Open Engine, it’ll run on Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are installation guides as well as some screenshots and known issues/bugs on the release thread over at If you’re interested, go ahead and download it because if it goes the way of other BSG simulators like Nexus BSG then it’ll probably be receiving a Cease & Desist. Go grab it!