Adrian Carmack, one of the original founders of id Software, has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming he has been unfairly dismissed.
According to Carmack, he was fired by the other owners after he wouldn't take a $20 million buyout offer, and contends id turned down an acquisition offer from Activision just to get his shares for a lower price. This supposed Activision offer, made last year, offered id Software $90 million for the rights to Quake, DOOM and Wolfenstein and supposedly Activision was considering a $105 million bid for the entire company as well. According to the court filing, Carmack claims his share would've been 41%.
Wow. Poor old Carmack, eh? Note that this isn't John
Carmack, who is still alive and well and working on new software. In fact, he commented just last week
that he was contemplating a super-duper version of Doom 3 for the PlayStation 3, to take advantage of all the cool hardware inside it.
Maybe he should take advantage of some good game designers and actually include some interesting gameplay in the PS3 version. But anyway...
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