Gearbox Software Suing 3DR and Interceptor
Gearbox Software has filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms or 3DR and Inceptor Entertainment for alleged trademark violations to the Duke Nukem series. According to the file complaint, 3DR Realms and Interceptor Entertainment both "illegally exploit Gearbox's intellectual property rights and the Duke Nukem franchise". The complaint suggests that 3DR and Interceptor were to develop the game Duke Nukem Mass Destruction without consulting Gearbox. A teaser site for the game has come out recently with a countdown. 3D Realms sold the IP rights of the Duke Nukem series to Gearbox in 2010, and have continued to act as if the sale never happened according to the complaint. 3D Realms still owns the rights to re-release older Duke Nukem games that it developed, and last year launched Duke Nukem 3D, originally released in 1996, on Steam.
The actual complaint reads. "Apparently, after selling its Duke Nukem IP rights to Gearbox in 2010, 3DR sought to privately convince others that the sale never happened.The result is the unauthorized development effort that reportedly exists between 3DR and Interceptor."
3D Realms CEO Scott Miller and game co-creter George Boussard have signed the statement that acknowledges the infringement.