<Firefall> is falling in Korea.
This week, Red 5 Studio has filed arbitration over troubles with Webzen, Korean publisher of <Firefall>, to ICC(International Chamber of Commerce) because of their poor engagement.
On the heels of Red 5 Studio’s submission, Webzen expressed its stance today.
According to Webzen’s notice, they are to comply with later judgement but will confront Red 5 Studio squarely in order to protect their contractual rights.
While Red 5 Studio asserts Webzen has breached the contract, Webzen clarified they have fully fulfilled all the obligation so far and will continue fulfilling it until the contract expires.
“We are in charge of global service and business strategy of <Firefall> excluding NA and Europe. We have prepared its service in Korea despite of its numerous delays for last 5 years of develompent,” said Webzen. “Red 5 Studio whose The9, a Chinese publisher which had been fought with Webzen over infringement of <MU Online>’s IP, is the biggest shareholder, has pushed us to launch the game in Korea in spite of its unfinished development.”
In addition to the game service trouble, Webzen also pointed out that Red 5 Korea, allegedly a relative of Red 5 Studio, is infringing the contract as Webzen exclusively holds the business right in Korea.
Webzen therefore has notified Red 5 Korea to stop its operation several times but Red 5 Korea kept their work and Red 5 Studio has neglected Webzen’s request. So Webzen is about to face the troubles against Red 5 Studio firmly and take required legal actions since Red 5 Studio first made the issue public via Korean media.