Evony Sues Blogger for Libel

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Evony Sues Blogger for Libel

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Evony, the online game with the notoriously boob-heavy ads, has sued a U.K. videogame marketer over comments on his blog the company says are "defamatory and false."

Evony LLC launched the suit against former Imagine and Codemasters senior marketer Bruce Everiss in response to "attacks [which] have caused significant damage to the company's brand and the gaming experience for Evony's users and millions of fans around the world." The company claims it has spent "weeks" trying to convince Everiss to retract the "defamatory and false" statements on his blog, to no avail.

"Mr. Everiss' attempts to spread his patently false charges to others in the online community cannot be allowed to go unanswered," said Benjamin Gifford, vice development director for the legal IP strategic division for Evony LLC. "In the digital age in which we now live, online journalists and bloggers - and the traditional media outlets that may rely upon them as sources - must strive for a higher standard of integrity and accuracy. Mr. Everiss' complete disregard for even the most basic tenets of journalistic responsibility have left our company no alternative but to take these legal actions. We hope now, in facing the full light of day before the Supreme Court, that Mr. Everiss will finally come clean and clear the record."

Evony's complaint stems from charges made by Everiss on his blog that the game and the company behind it are perhaps just a little bit shady. He accused the game of infringing rather heavily on the Civilization IP and of stealing images for its cleavage-filled ads from an online costume retailer and also suggested that the game was involved somehow with Chinese gold-farming companies. Finally, he implied - although never outright stated - that theEvony client is malware, a conclusion he reached after hearing several reports of fishy behavior from people who installed it. "Now I am not saying that Evony has a trojan in its client software," he wrote. "What I am saying is that the possibility of this being so is such that I would not let Evony anywhere near my computer."

Lawsuits are complex by nature but this one seems like a particularly tangled web. Evony LLC is, in the technical sense at least, an American company, registered in the corporate tax haven state of Delaware, while Everiss is based in the U.K. That in itself may not be terribly unusual, but the suit has been filed in the Australian state of New South Wales, which Everiss said in a separate blog post has "old-fashioned" libel laws that favor the plaintiff and would require him and his lawyers to fly to the country for every hearing to disprove the charges against him.

"As far as I am concerned Evony are maliciously misusing the Australian legal system," he said in response to an email. "They know that I have no case to answer, everything I have written is the truth or fair comment. So they are making it as difficult as possible for me to defend my position."

"Australia has a reciprocal agreement with the UK, so any judgment is enforceable here," he continued. "Evony are just using their money and power to censor the truth about them on the internet. If they get away with it then nobody is safe, anyone will be able to pay in Australia to have the internet say what they want."

For the moment, however, Everiss isn't backing down; he posted a copy of Evony's press release announcing the suit on his blog as well as an email being circulated to "Evony supporters" and some gaming websites detailing his alleged falsehoods, alongside evidence to support his claims.

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That's not called libel. That's called truth.

If people are sued for telling the truth, then I'm... well, there's nothing I could do about it, but I'll be damn mad!

millions of fans around the world? yeah right...

evony can go fuck themselves and adds that are getting worse and worse. it will probably end with porn videos with the comment "play now, my lord".

I hate evony just for its adds. Rune scape never had adds like that.

This man has my respect.

And not just because he's English either.

Patrick_and_the_ricks:
I hate evony just for its adds. Rune scape never had adds like that.

Because Runescape was never a cheap Civilization knock off. If they were, then they might have to rely on the power of cleavage.

gotta love how an american company can sue a brit in Australia

wonder what will happen if they get proven correct? also i think it would be funny if he put in air travel and court fees in the counter claim

Well, Costume Crazy has confirmed on their website that the picture used in Evony's ads is indeed stolen from them, although they don't much seem to care.

A buddy of mine attempted to download it off an ad and got malware, in Evony's defense the ad took him to a site that was a porn lodge... he was stupid enough to say "Well, this site looks legit."

Christemo:
millions of fans around the world? yeah right...

evony can go fuck themselves and adds that are getting worse and worse. it will probably end with porn videos with the comment "play now, my lord".

Seconded. What, are they going to sue Plants vs. Zombies next because they poked fun at them? Or sue the Escapist for making articles about Evony that could be 'construed as defamatory'?

Get over yourself, Evony. And get yourself some better ads, for God's sake. It's not even funny anymore.

Bruce Everiss the most amazing person in gaming history.

He invented using artists to make game graphics. He invented using printing on game boxes. He invented employing community managers.

Now he is saving us from being sued for libel for saying the truth on the internet. Goddess bless him.

Source: http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?showtopic=212771

I forsee the fall of the Evony empire, if you can call it that.
As this info is being spread in the internet and with Evony LLC doing feverish attempts at hindering Everiss' defense through some VERY underhand strategies, I can see how what little credibility they ever had, will quickly drain away.

Evony seemed like bad news when I seen the advert, now all this does is confirm my suspicions.

More Fun To Compute:
Bruce Everiss the most amazing person in gaming history.

He invented using artists to make game graphics. He invented using printing on game boxes. He invented employing community managers.

Now he is saving us from being sued for libel for saying the truth on the internet. Goddess bless him.

Source: http://www.rllmukforum.com/index.php?showtopic=212771

Amen to that, cat-person.

OT: Honestly, I don't click on the links, mainly because I don't trust anything that features breasts on the internet.

Although I think it's funny that Evony is talking about integrity when they advertise with breast filled pictures that they stole.

Gilbert Munch:
That's not called libel. That's called truth.

If people are sued for telling the truth, then I'm... well, there's nothing I could do about it, but I'll be damn mad!

You and me both!

Gilbert Munch:
That's not called libel. That's called truth.

Heh. Exactly.

So wait according to evony, SOMEWHERE there is tits
how unlikely...
Just read an article from another site (The guardian to be exact) about it being "one of the most hated games of all time"

Wow, are the Evony boys any relation to Bobby Kotick? He'd be proud of this one.

Begs the question how is that even possible? Or legal even enforceable, filing a suit in a separate country to both parties and all interests involved.

God, I hate Evony.

I wish they'd stop showing off and just make a decent game.

Evony sues underhandly for the truth.. Californians sue because a game crashed once or twice... I thought this American trend of being sue happy was over... and this is why I don't trade stocks..

But the adverts are defamatory and false. Do they even have a case? Surely the blog is protected under free speech anyway?

I really don't think that Evony is going to have a boob leg to stand on in this case. Unless their evidence is just their advertisements and the judge is easily distracted by cleavage.

Is there anyone but me thinking "high five Evony!"?.

It would appear they do not have the resources to make a decent game. Hence, they advertise with female physique to gain financial value. Maybe then they actually would have resources to make a decent game. And on topic, this case is an opportunity to increase their company wealth further.

Lol I played this game for about a day and if you looked in the world speech lobby you could see messages upon MESSAGE of "Where's the boobs?" or "Wtf is this shit?"

Game sucks and it's a cash cow.

My opinion. (Try and sue THAT you sons of a bitchs =P)

Wow. The Evony people certainly are something else.

Wait hold on. So according to the links I know that

NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The developer for the popular online video game Evony has filed suit against blogger Bruce Everiss for posting defamatory and false statements online about the company and the game. The lawsuit follows multiple rebuffed attempts to reconcile the matter out of court...Evony's Australia based legal counsel...

So a company in Australia is taking legal action against a Blogger in the UK because he called them out on their ad and he told the masses of a story that happened to his friend?

Yeah, if that goes anywhere I'll where a mask to prevent me from speaking in public so I don't anger the secret world police that will soon be put into place so that people don't insult million dollar companies outside of written word that can be documented just to be used in court! God damn i hate Evony!

Wow, the irony is so harsh that it burns

Urge to kill... evony creators... rising...

seriously though, this seems a bit out of line.
Everyone running the company behind evony should be flogged, many times.
any objections?

Brothers! Comrades of the internet! They tried to lure us, to placate us with offers of mighty boobage. And one man, a true hero of our day, stood against them. And now they try to strike him down! This day, we stand alongside him! There shall not this day be the fall of Everiss. This day doth bring upon us the dawn of the downfall of Evony! GLORY!

Uh, 'scuse me?

Since when is a blog an official publication? Since when can people get sued over what they wrote in a blog? A blog. A fucking blog!

What about free speech? And what the hell about suing people a world over? This is nuts, nuts I tell ya...

This would make a good South Park episode.... XD

But in all do seriousness, those Evony guys are really dumb.

That's too bad those ads are pretty lulzy.

YOUR LOGIC IS RUBBISH.

What is that company talking about? Why are their ads even allowed on other websites? Why is every upper management personnel in that company not fired and shamed yet?

This world makes no sense.

And yes this falls under free speech. Every year there's more and more idiots. Natural selection, we miss you, come back.

I hate libel cases. They are more or less an attack on freedom of speech.

If they can sue over defamation, can we counter-sue them for defecation? Seriously, that game is shit and it's not libel or slander if it's the truth.

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