According to Kotaku, Studio Wildcard, the studio for ARK: Survival Evolved, has settled a lawsuit with Trendy Entertainment, effectively ending their legal battle that started months ago. Trendy Entertainment sued Wildcard and designer Jeremy Stieglitz. Stieglitz was accused of breach of contract and violating a non-compete agreement by poaching employees to help start Studio Wildcard. Previously, Stieglitz left the company in the summer of 2014 before moving to Wildcard.
Stieglitz claimed on Twitter that Trendy was suing them for $600 million, but revealed on Reddit that Trendy Entertainment ultimately settled for $40 million. The confirmed details of the settlement between Trendy and Wildcard were not disclosed.
The settlement was reached on Wednesday, April 13 in Gainesville, Florida, the city where Trendy Entertainment is based out of. A mediation disposition report was filed by both sides on Thursday that declared: “A mediation conference was conducted on the 13th day of April 2016. The conference resulted in a final written settlement agreement.”
Despite not yet receiving it’s full launch yet, ARK: Survival Evolved is already a huge hit after it launched on Steam Early Access and Xbox One in 2015. There was fear that this lawsuit could potentially hurt ARK or cause it to be pulled. It’s unknown how this could possibly affect the game in the future.