It took two years but the matter regarding Duke Nukem royalty payment discrepancies has been put to the ground, for good. After two years of legal battle between 3D Realms and Gearbox Software, the former has officially withdrawn their suit as well as apologized for the misunderstanding.
Back in 2011, the game development had been transferred from the original developers, 3D Realms, to Gearbox. This resulted in the matter of royalties on which 3D Realms reported inconsistencies. The squabble was taken to the court then and there with 3D Realms claim that Gearbox had been withholding the payments.
Today however, a statement was issued (thanks Kotaku) by Gearbox Software that includes a letter from Scott Miller the CEO and Co-founder of 3D Realms. The statement from miller announces the culmination of their lawsuit against Gearbox with a note of apology.
“After reviewing evidence regarding our business affairs, and without any money exchanging hands, we have satisfactorily resolved any and all differences that we perceived against Gearbox” he says.
Miller’s new statement has termed the entire racket as a “misunderstanding” stating that:
“In all sincerity, we regret the misunderstanding that instigated our lawsuit. Now that we better understand–and appreciate–the actual nature of our business matters, we have voluntarily withdrawn our claims against Gearbox, with genuine apologies to Randy for any damage that our lawsuit may have caused to the relationship.”
Throughout the runtime of the lawsuit, Gearbox had denied any and all accusations stating that 3D Realms had their fair share and that it was their fault that the game sold less than expected. The claim was for more than 2 million USD.
Well, we don’t really know if the apology was a term of agreement and why it was sent over by Gearbox instead of 3D Realms; but what matters right now is that the industry still has place to settle matters without having to go to the extreme bitter ends.