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A defunct Video Game studio that was based in St. Catharines, Ontario, founded by Denis Dyack in 1992. While the company started out working on strategy games for home computers, they would later move on to creating games for consoles. Over their two decades of existence, Silicon Knights is best remembered for three things: being the original creators of the Legacy of Kain series, their brief partnership with Nintendo that resulted in Eternal Darkness and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, and the disastrous late 2000s lawsuit against Epic Games that led to them declaring bankruptcy in 2014.

In 2007, Silicon Knights sued Epic Games for (alledgedly) selling them an unfinished and inferior version of the Unreal Engine 3, arguing that they were sabotaging competitors to prop up their own titles like Gears of War, and that Epic should relinquish all profits from the game as recompense. Epic Games sued them back, countering that a good chunk of the supposed proprietary engine Silicon Knights had created after ditching Unreal Engine 3 actually consisted of UE3 code, and that Silicon was trying to claim the resulting mish-mash as their own work without crediting Epic or paying them royalties. In 2012, Epic won, and the judge ordered Silicon Knights to recall and destroy all unsold copies of Too Human and X-Men: Destiny at their own expense, delete the source code for both games plus three more games that were in development, and allow Epic Games access to the SK servers to ensure that all the offending code had been deleted. Add to that the $9 million they owed in damages and legal fees, plus the $4 million they already owed to the Canadian government, and the studio was dead.


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