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Planet Coaster Developer Vs Atari: Dispute Over Unpaid Royalty Claims

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Planet Coaster Developer Vs Atari: Dispute Over Unpaid Royalty Claims

The Planet Coaster developer has started a legal battle versus Atari. Frontier Developments is suing Atari with regard to unpaid royalties from RollerCoaster Tycoon 3. The game was released in the year 2004 and Frontier Developments is allegedly owed millions.

The Planet Coaster developer Frontier has claimed that just $1.17 million has been received as royalties for the game. However, the sales figures for the game were higher than the developers originally thought. $2.2 million in royalties have not been paid as per claims.

Kotaku reports that the Planet Coaster developer had earlier sought a sales audit. The purpose of the same would be to inspect whether sales figures were artificially lowered or not. However, Atari filed for bankruptcy earlier in the year 2013. Atari is still to come up with a clear direction on the audit.

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What Frontier Says 

Frontier spokespersons have stated that the contractual right to audit has been denied to the company by Atari. This is the only method remaining for concern resolution. Frontier had earlier strived to solve this issue without any legal action from April, 2016.

PC Gamer reports that the chief operating officer at Frontier, David Walsh, has confirmed news of this legal tussle. Walsh has already confirmed the complaint against Atari. He also spoke of being unable to provide any other comments on the matter since it is under legal process.

Frontier Developments struck up a working relationship with Atari from the year 2003 onwards. Atari filed for bankruptcy in the year 2013. However, surprisingly, Frontier continued the working relationship through a new contract.

How The Situation Stands Now

This was an amended contract as per the company’s website. Atari is reportedly in a better situation at present. However, a discrepancy in $2.2 million in royalties for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 still remains. This is what Frontier is now trying to get back.

Planet Coaster is the most recent theme park based game unleashed by Frontier. This came out almost hand in hand with RollerCoaster Tycoon World from Atari. The latter has not garnered huge market acclaim while the former has done way better.

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