"Stolen" Stargate MMO Returned to Owner as License Expires

"Stolen" Stargate MMO Returned to Owner as License Expires

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The creator of Stargate Resistance and an unreleased MMO has fought off a hostile takeover by former employees.

A court ordered the assets of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment returned to founder Gary Whiting, including all work done on the unreleased MMO Stargate Worlds. Back in February, Cheyenne released Stargate Resistance, a third person shooter, right before it filed for bankruptcy. Former employees formed two new companies, Dark Comet Games and Fresh Start Studios, and these entities attempted to wrest control of both Resistance and Worlds from Gary Whiting's control. Employees of Fresh Start even went so far as to attempt to take computers and other assets from Cheyenne Mountain's offices on Feb. 24th until they were stopped by police. Yesterday, a court in Maricopa County, Arizona awarded all of Cheyenne's former assets back to the company, but it may be too late as the Stargate license agreement Whiting had with MGM has run out. Whiting is cautiously optimistic that he can renegotiate the return of the license.

"MGM has been very good to work with us," Whiting said. "We missed several deadlines like that along the way. And I know they're having their own struggles right now." He is referring to MGM's own financial troubles.

For Whiting, it has been a very harrowing experience that he equates to the hostile takeover suffered by Tony Stark in the first Iron Man movie. "They took everything I owned and they took - besides my personal property - they took my good name," he said. "When I watched Iron Man, that was my life right there on the screen because of what these guys did to me."

The plan worked because the board of Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment was manipulated to fire Whiting, an action the court ordered reversed but not before it was used as the cover to steal all of the company's assets.

While the fate of Stargate Worlds is up in the air, but Whiting said that Resistance is ok because the game operated under a different license and is already launched.

Whiting did say that Stargate Resistance was being run by a bunch of "promotional idiots" but that's just personal opinion.

Source: East Valley Tribune

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Well that seems to have killed off all hopes of a decent Stargate game for all eternity.

Here's an idea, Call of duty:SGC

Think about it.

In Stargate Resistance, I backstabbed a turret. It's a game with less variety than Lead and Gold and has the same price as it and Team Fortress 2.

The article is wrong. The computers that were taken from the office were laptops that were being signed out by employees under normal procedure. After the police showed up they found nothing wrong and let everything continue as normal. The reason they were being signed out was because the rent for the office hadn't been paid and they didn't want the source code, models, etc to be locked in by the landlord.

Not to mention Gary Whiting is a con-artist who stole millions from SGW development money and funneled it into his own projects.

All that info came directly from a former employee of CME.

Gary Whiting:
When I watched Iron Man, that was my life right there on the screen because of what these guys did to me.

Well, at least if all else fails he has that career as a super hero to fall back on...

a mistake here the judge didn't order the return of the assets. It was an out of trial agreement that was reached.

The article it sources to is also full of errors:

Mainly these
The legal battle is still on going.

CME is not under chapter 11.

Gary Whiting in not the founder of CME.

The judge didn't get DCG to hand over the assets, It was an agreement settled out of trial. (just like i mentioned before).

Given that MGM just started bankruptcy proceedings renegotiating with them should be interest, although if CME is lucky they're willing to agree to anything that involves cash. . . . except of course CME doesn't seem to be in the best financial situation either.

I lost interest in Stargate when Universe was released but it's still unfortunate to see this happening to the license.

cjbos81:
Here's an idea, Call of duty:SGC

Think about it.

YES YES

OH GOD YES.

too bad it will never happen.

 

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