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Stardock responds to sexual harassment claims by former marketing manager against CEO

Stardock's former marketing manager Alexandra Miseta is now discussing publicly a 2010 lawsuit she filed against company CEO Brad Wardell for sexual harassment. Providing documents to Kotaku, Miseta's suit claims "repeated and near-daily comments, innuendos, advances, and other offensive conduct of...

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Stardock alleges former marketing manager impaired Elemental: War of Magic's launch, files suit [Update]

Michigan-based developer Stardock is suing its ex-marketing manager Alexandra Miseta for over $1 million in damages, alleging actions she made during her employment impaired the quality of Elemental: War of Magic. According to documents filed with a Michigan Eastern District Court on July 30, 2012,...

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Totally crazy, totally canceled indie games, and the people who made them

From World of Goo dev Kyle Gabler to Plants vs. Zombies director George Fan (and everything in between), GDC's "The Failure Workshop" panel was full of thrills. Each of the panel's developers brought a project that never managed to make our acquaintance, offering a detailed explanation of what...

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GDC: Stardock's Brad Wardell explains the failure of Elemental and how he's making it up to fans

"Unlike the other examples you've heard tonight, this game shipped. It's at the store right now. At Walmart. Yeah." -- Brad Wardell, president and CEO of Stardock. That ominous statement was slipped into the middle of Brad Wardell's "Failure Workshop" speech this afternoon, where the Stardock...

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Stardock's Brad Wardell hopeful for recovery after Elemental shakeup

Our sister site Big Download cornered Stardock CEO Brad Wardell to talk about the troubled title Elemental; War of Magic and the future of the company. Things are apparently looking better than they did after a "disastrous" launch: most employees are back to work, either at Stardock or elsewhere....

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Stardock hires Civ V designer Jon Shafer and fantasy writer Dave Stern

It was odd to hear about Jon Shafer leaving Firaxis a couple weeks back, what with him being an avid member of the Civ community and lead designer on the latest iteration, Civilization V -- a game our own Alexander Sliwinski called "a 'friendly' strategy game." During an interview with our sister...

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Elemental: War of Magic v1.1 heralds new beginning

Elemental: War of Magic's version 1.1 patch notes -- reportedly 19 pages long when printed out -- represent developer and publisher Stardock's attempt to forget the game's horrific launch and bullishly move forward. According to Stardock, the free update reimagines the use of mana in the game, adds...

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Elemental sales improving alongside the game

Elemental's campaign of redemption appears to be working, with sales up 30 percent in October. Speaking with Big Download, Stardock didn't share any specific sales figures, but noted that Impulse purchases are up and retail stores are increasing shipment orders. The company probably got a nice...

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Elemental purchases before Oct. 31 to receive first two expansions free

Elemental: War of Magic's road to redemption is being paved with free stuff -- for those willing to take the ride. Stardock CEO Brad Wardell announced today on the game's forums that anyone who purchases (or already bought) the game before October 31, 2010, will receive the first two expansions to...

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Stardock hires 'Fall from Heaven' creator to lead ongoing Elemental development

Everybody loves a comeback story, so let's hope this one starts for Stardock's Elemental: War of Magic with the hiring of Derek "Kael" Paxton as the studio's senior producer. Paxton, who's best known for the popular Civilization series Fall from Heaven (über mods he created using the game...

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