He claimed he was fired and forced to sell stock in a depressed market, losing millions, will NCsoft portrayed his leaving as voluntary. No dice.
"I am extremely pleased with the jury's decision," said Garriott, after the jury found the case in favour of the British game designer. The court agreed that he was to be awarded $28m in damages from Korean publisher NCsoft.
"The facts were clear that my departure from NCsoft was not voluntary. I am very pleased with the final award." NCsoft is said to be mulling options they have to take the matter further. Garriott joined NCsoft when they bought his studio.
Destination Games was busy with sci-fi MMO Tabula Rasa at the time, which later failed to keep interest once it had launched. NCsoft informed Garriott he was leaving soon after his return to planet Earth - he spent huge money for a spot of space tourism.