So The Escapist has published a pretty racy article criticizing Cloud Imperium Games, the creators of Star Citizen. The article sourced 9 different current and former employees of CIG. It contained multiple allegations including racial discrimination, misappropriated funds (Star Citizen is completely crowdfunded to the tune of $90 million), a “toxic workplace,” and claims that the developer has bled through nearly 90% of its resources, with feature creep killing the game.
This wouldn’t be newsworthy if it wasn’t for CIG’s response, which was a formal letter outlining how the Escapist article was slander. The letter from CIG states that they intend to “turn this matter over to our litigators to prepare legal action in the US and the UK against the individuals and entities involved […]” if The Escapist doesn’t meet their demands by end of business hours on October 5. The Escapist’s managing editor John Keefer published a follow-up article explaining in detail how each source was vetted, emphasizing that they were all passed through their legal department for verification.
Grab your popcorn…