Nexon is suing Ironmace, the developer behind medieval dungeon looter Dark and Darker Gold, for "copyright infringement". The Korean game publisher is currently demanding a jury trial, within its ongoing dispute with Ironmace. This lawsuit was officially filed last Friday (14th April) in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington.
For a fast bit of background, the c's at Ironmace were accused of creating Dark and Darker "using materials and assets they labored on during their time" at Nexon. These accusations specifically pertained to a game generally known as P3.
Although Ironmace has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, the studio was subjected to a police raid in reply to the accusations. As a result, Dark and Darker's Steam listing was ultimately removed carrying out a cease-and-desist demand from Nexon.
However, everything's evidently not progressing as the developer would've hoped, and Nexon filed a case in the States late the other day, with all the cause of action noted as "copyright infringement".
In the lawsuit, Nexon states its former employees (specifically naming Ju-Hyun Choi and Terence Seungha Park) can have signed a "one-year-non-compete clause" in their Employee Agreement while using the company. This clause "prevents employees from in the same area that could potentially infringe on Nexon's trade secrets, without Nexon's prior consent" (thanks, Onepeg).
Nexon's lawsuit also may include images of both P3 and cheap dark and darker gold, with Nexon claiming Ironmace copied in-game actions for example characters "[moving] their hands in a very distinctive circular motion over chests without physically touching the chest" to look at said chests".
Meanwhile, the other day, Ironmace asked players to torrent the Dark and Darker's latest build, because it was no longer able to be hosted on Steam."Rest assured that any of us are working 24 / 7 to safeguard the continuance of Dark and Darker," Ironmace said on the time.