<Screenshots from?Level-R website>
The verdict on the case of five former NCsoft developers involved with the Lineage 3 has been announced by the?Seoul Central District Court last Friday. Five defendants have been found guilty of leaking company secrets. Amongst five, three will receive from 8 months to a year and a half jail term, ?two years’ probation. Other two get a US$ 5,384 fine (or 7M Won)
The court recognized “the former employees had contacted with Square Enix Japan with an intention to sell and in fact ended up with leaking company secrets, which caused damage to NCsoft.” However the court didn’t find an evidence that some of defendants actually used the Lineage 3 data they stored on a hard drive disk when leaving the company, for a new game in a studio they started.
This is the criminal penalties apart from a US$500,000 civil suit that has been filed by NCsoft against these employees last August.
We reached NCsoft for a comment but don’t have one on the sentencing yet.
I posted a news that after losing the WoW operation license its rival NetEase, The9 planned to launch a brand new game called World of Fight《名?三?WOF: Chi》. It turns out that despite its name the game may look a little bit like Dungeon Figher.
Except its setting which is based on China Three Kingdoms, someone may say that in-game characters, actions, skills remind them of Dungeon Fighter A LOT.
Here are some screenshots so see for yourself;
It’s a well-known fact that since 2008 Take-Two has been looking for Asian partners to enter the online gaming business. Take-Two tried to set up a series of meeting with key Korean developers to gauge a possibility?to develop an online version of GTA together.
NCsoft West has launched its pre-order program since June 17 and schedule to have a Closed Beta Test, which is scheduled between June and August.
More information is available at www.aiononline.com