Richard Garriot, creator of Ultima Online and Tabula Rasa, is a happy man today. Sir Richard has won $28 million in damages from the Korean publisher over his in-voluntary departure from the company.
NCsoft apparently characterized Garriot leaving the company as voluntary, forcing him to sell his stock options at a time when the market was bleeding severely which cost the developer millions of dollars. The jury sided with Garriot’s claim that he was actually in-voluntarily terminated from NCsoft, and handed him enough cash to get himself launched into space a few times over.
For those of you who don’t know, Garriot is a bit of a space nut and has actually participated in a space flight to the international space station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
Garriot commented on his recent victory…
“I am extremely pleased with the jury’s decision,” he said in a statement. “The facts were clear that my departure from NCsoft was not voluntary. I am very pleased with the final award.”
Not suprisingly, NCsoft is looking into options to appeal the jury’s decision.