Epic has issued an official statement in response to a federal court's decision to allow a long-running dispute with Silicon Knights to go to trial.
The dispute dates back to 2007 when Silicon Knights served Epic with a lawsuit claiming it was "mislead" about how complete Unreal Engine 3 code actually was.
With a court case now given the go-ahead, Epic said in a statement issued to Develop that it expects to be "fully vindicated at trial".
The developer's statement in full reads:
"On March 24, 2011, the federal court in the lawsuit between Silicon Knights and Epic Games completed its ruling on the parties' summary judgment motions to dismiss each other's claims without a trial.
"The court entered judgment in favour of Epic on several claims, rejecting Silicon Knights' claims that it could cancel its license agreement, that Epic interfered with its contractual relationships with publishers, and that Epic has acted unjustly under the license.
"The court did not rule on the merits of Silicon Knights' remaining claims. The court was not permitted to judge the credibility of witnesses or evidence, or otherwise take into account Epic's opposing evidence, and therefore merely acknowledged that, under the rules of civil procedure, it had to allow a jury to consider both sides' evidence on the remaining claims.
"Allowing those claims to move forward to a jury is not a ruling on their merits. The court simply concluded that the disputed evidence should be heard and resolved by the jury.
"In addition, the court had previously rejected Silicon Knights' motion to summarily dismiss Epic's claims against it and upheld Epic's right to present all of its claims to a jury, including claims that Silicon Knights breached its license agreement, stole Epic's technology and infringed Epic's copyrights.
"Epic remains confident that it will be fully vindicated at trial."