‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ Lawsuit Settled, Ugly Battle Ends With Defense Countering Claims

Scott Grill - Author

Dec. 27 2017, Updated 3:08 a.m. ET

The lawsuit against ARK: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard appears to have come to a close. Documents filed in the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida show the case has been settled between the studio and plaintiffs Trendy Entertainment and investment firm Insight Venture Management, but the ugly nature of the lawsuit appears as if it will not have any immediate impact to the Xbox One and PC game.

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Officially, Studio Wildcard is not discussing the lawsuit against it or the settlement at this time. I spoke briefly with co-founder Susan Stieglitz late Friday evening via Twitter direct message, where she told me the $40 million settlement figure reported on by Kotaku and other outlets came from a discussion with a fan who didn’t realize the conversation was not meant to be shared publicly. This echoed similar comments she made publicly on Twitter, including one post claiming Trendy was asking for $600 million.

Documents posted in Florida’s Alachua County Circuit Court tell much of the story in lieu of an official statement from the Studio Wildcard or the Stieglitz couple. Trendy Entertainment and Insight Venture Management have been equally quiet. The lawyers for Studio Wildcard and Jeremy Stieglitz submitted the defense’s 39-page opposition document Monday morning due to the case not officially being closed and a hearing still scheduled for April 27.


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