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Lineage III: "Source Code Theft"
Posted: Wednesday May 2nd, 2007 by

Seven former NCSoft employees are currently suspected of having stolen source code from Lineage III and sold it to a major Japanese game company. The Seoul Metropolitan Police's assertion is that the employees, who left NCSoft in February, allowed the Japanese company to review the stolen software during a job interview and believe that the Japanese company may have copied the technology during the demonstration. NCSoft is estimating the value of the lost data at over $1 billion US based on their massive subscription base and sales to-date totaling over $1.6 billion.
Source: Digital Chosunilbo (English Edition) [ more info ]

It's one thing to lift the source code from a game company you were working for, but passing that code on during a interview at another game company? Wow.

I've read a lot about Lineage II, but have never played it, so take my semi-negative assessment of their source code with a grain of salt. I invite, no ENCOURAGE, Lineage players to tell folks here how much they enjoy the game to offset my position of relative ignorance.

Today's Pimpage: Woody is wearing a "Stick Figures in Peril" shirt from Threadless.Com.

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