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Red 5 taking Webzen to court

By Rachel Weber

Fri 01 Jul 2011 11:13am GMT / 7:13am EDT / 4:13am PDT

Firefall developer to terminate deal with publisher over marketing

Firefall developer Webzen has filed for arbitration in a bid to end its relationship with publisher Webzen and recover marketing costs.

In a statement published on the official Firefall website, Red 5 accused the publisher of a "lack of motivation" which has negatively affected fans of the game in Asia.

"The crux of the matter is that the Webzen we see today is not the Webzen that Red 5 partnered with at the beginning of this project. The original executives are all gone, and new management has replaced them. Unfortunately, we do not feel the new management of Webzen has honoured their obligations towards Firefall, particularly in Asia," said the letter, written by Red 5 CEO Mark Kern and addressed to fans.

"We intend to stand up to Webzen, a large Korean publisher, and show them we expect developers to be treated fairly."

Red 5 argues alleges that Webzen has failed to market the team based shooter as agreed in the original contract, and so has filed for arbitration in California. Red 5 aims not just to terminate the contract, but claim back $5 million dollars for marketing. Webzen also currently holds the publishing rights for Firefall in Asia.

In response to the filing Webzen emailed MMORPG with the following statement.

"As the publisher of the game in territories other than North America and Europe, Webzen has patiently waited for the completion of the game for five years despite numerous delays in development. The game, for which Webzen has invested nearly $25 million, is not yet complete, and we are dismayed that Red 5 has initiated this dispute before we are able to enjoy the results of our investment."

Firefall is a free to play online shooter currently in production. Mark Kern, CEO of Red 5, worked on World of World Of Warcraft in 2005. It was announced in September 2010.

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Anthony Powles Web Developer

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"Firefall developer Webzen" should probably read "Firefall developer Red 5" :)

Posted:5 years ago


Tim Hesse Product Development Executive

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No matter who is at fault, that game has been in development, in one form or another, for many many years...R5 signed with Webzen in '06 right after the team splintered off from Blizzard/WoW.

Five years and we've just recently (2010) found out what the game is and its been a year since that announcement and the release date was supposed to be end of 2011?

Six years for a better looking Global Agenda/Tribes?

Posted:5 years ago


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