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Stardock sues marketer over poor Elemental reception

Company alleges that former employee destroyed promo materials

Stardock has filed a lawsuit against former marketing manager Alexandra Miseta, accusing her of destroying promotional materials for Elemental: War of Magic. Stardock says the destruction of the materials hurt the quality of the game's launch, leading to its poor reception. The lawsuit was filed in Michigan Eastern District Court last month and court documents show that Stardock is seeking more than $1 million in damages.

Miseta worked for Stardock for four years and quit in August of 2010, three weeks prior to Elemental shipping. Stardock says that promotional items and analytics data destroyed by Miseta when she left the company forced it to scramble to create new promotional materials. This lack of resources affected the programming and polishing of Elemental, leading to its poor launch state.

Stardock also accuses Miseta of taking her company laptop with her when she left and running a side business during work hours.

Elemental: War of Magic was hit hard by critics when it was released. The game sits with a score of 53 on Metacritic with many critics slamming the game for its lack of polish.

[Via Gamasutra]

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