Richard Garriott suing NCSoft


Ultima and Tabula Rasa designer, Richard Garriott is suing former employer NCSoft for $27 million. The reason is ‘breach of contract, fraud, and/or negligent misrepresentation’. It seems that Garriorr waws cut loose from NCSoft whil still in quarantine following hit trip into space.
 
Below you can read some excerpts from the complaint:
In… November 2008, Chris Chung, President of NCSoft’s North American operations, informed Mr. Garriott that NCSoft has decided to “part company.” Although Mr. Garriott objected to his dismissal, Mr. Chung insisted that the decision was final – Mr. Garriott had to go.
 
As Mr. Garriott prepared to leave NCSoft, however, Mr. Garriott learned that NCsoft had internally re-characterized his termination by Mr. Chung as a “voluntary” resignation… This mischaracterization had profound and detrimental effects on Mr. Garriott’s stock options: if NCsoft terminated Mr. Garriott’s employment (which it did) then the options – worth tens of millions of dollars – would remain in effect until 2011; but if Mr. Garriott resigned voluntarily (which he did not), then NCsoft might have terminated those options… within ninety days of his departure…
 
NCsoft forced Mr. Garriott into a Hobson’s choice of exercising his options… and forced him to sell into one of the worst equity markets in modern history…
 
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Following the lauch of the Tabula Rasa game, Mr. Garriott took a leave of absence… to pursue a different kind of launch… Mr. Garriott used the considerable media coverage surrounding his space-launch to publicize and promote Tabula Rasa for NCsoft. For example, Mr. Garriott send a coded message to the Tabula Rasa player base during his space launch…
 
NCsoft terminated Mr. Garriott’s employment while he was still in quarantine from his space flight…
 
Despite Mr. Garriott’s repeated objections, NCsoft refused to retract its misstatements regarding the nature of Mr. Garriott’s departure and the cancellation of his stock options…
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