CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global

Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 10:59 AM

Here is a story told repeatedly in past years and I am glad to see it is publicly announced instead of silently discussed in a backroom. This is why Kickstarter campaigns and funding that goes directly to the developer are so important.

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Brno, January 24rd, 2013, Czech Republic - CBE software s.r.o. has cancelled their exclusive publishing agreement with Lace Mamba Global ltd. CBE software would like to inform, that this step had to be taken due to the reason that Lace Mamba Global has breached the exclusive publishing agreement for the video games J.U.L.I.A. and J.U.L.I.A. Untold.

Lace Mamba Global ltd. has neither delivered royalty reports nor paid any of the money mutually agreed upon in the said publishing agreement for the period of 10 months. Two official letters were sent with an attempt to settle the situation peacefully. Neither of them however has triggered any kind of response. For that reason Lace Mamba Global is no longer allowed to publish videogames J.U.L.I.A. (PC) and J.U.L.I.A. Untold (iOS).

CBE software will now contact all distribution channels and inform them that they are no longer allowed to sell J.U.L.I.A. without a prior written distribution agreement with CBE software.

Jan Kavan, director at CBE software, comments upon the current situation: "It's an extremely sad ending of the past four years of our life. We've created the game using our very own budget without any external funding yet we were able to create a title we are really proud of. When well-known publisher, whom we have trusted so much, behaved like that, it was an extremely demotivating experience for us. Moreover we've handed them both games as finished products so there was not any risk involved for them. Such nefarious behavior had an absolutely destructive impact on our small independent studio. Unfortunately similar story just recently announced by Colibri Games (Tiny Bang Story) ensured us that it's not a misunderstanding and that we have to act."

To recover from this situation CBE software would also like to announce that J.U.L.I.A. has been added to Steam Greenlight.

"We plan to do a remastered version with changing things which were not all that well received by players and we will include a bonus soundtrack as a part of the Steam release. Even if you own the game already, please upvote J.U.L.I.A. there. Steam could help us survive the situation and recover from this unexpected blow. If we get greenlit, we will also issue a patch for existing J.U.L.I.A. owners which will add the remastered functionality.“, finishes Jan Kavan.

The Steam Greenlight campaign is located at:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=122116943

About J.U.L.I.A.

J.U.L.I.A. is a narrative driven adventure game in a science-fiction scenario: In the year 2430, Rachel Manners, a 35 year old astrobiologist and member of an elite group of scientists, which is sent off in a giant space ship to mankind’s most exciting space mission: to explore the first ever discovered extra-terrestrial life-forms.

About CBE software

Founded in 2006 by Jan Kavan and Lukas Medek, a duo of creative independent developers from the Czech Republic, CBE software has a clear mission: To bring strong stories to life, and explore new possibilities beyond the traditional gameplay paradigm. CBE software's has succesfully released the video games Ghost in the Sheet (PC), J.U.L.I.A. (PC), J.U.L.I.A. Untold (iOS) and Vampires (PC, Mac, iOS, Android).


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Posted by: Rushes

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 11:07 AM

Thanks, Ana.

That's disgraceful behaviour by Lace Mamba Global.
Posted by: Marian

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 11:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Rushes
Thanks, Ana.

That's disgraceful behaviour by Lace Mamba Global.


I agree. I appreciate knowing about this, Ana. wave
Posted by: MaG

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 11:17 AM

Glad that public announcement is done.
It is a sad thing that this is and was a common occurrence for the last decade.
Posted by: Haroula

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 12:08 PM

Thanks, Ana wave
Posted by: Jarkeld

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 12:22 PM

Not the first time for Lace Mamba. A developer from Cornwall has had a lawsuit against Got Game and Lace Mamba (with several alternate names).
Posted by: Mad

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 03:55 PM

shame shame
Posted by: Mikael

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 05:05 PM

I was sooo close to signing for Lame Samba two years ago. I'm so happy that I didn't do it now.
Posted by: vic

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 05:08 PM

Wow, shocking news that they did not get paid all this time. I bought this game and I really enjoyed it, and I would have hoped that they would get the money they earned for their part. This is like piracy not from gamers but on the part of Lace Mamba.
Posted by: niteowl07

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 05:34 PM

how sad for cbe.

and yes ,lace mamba doesn't seem too trustworthy since this isn't their first time. disgraceful isn't the word.
Posted by: GreyFuss

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 06:35 PM

Between pirating games and dishonest publishers what is a developer suppose to do? What a shame.
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/24/13 07:04 PM

Kickstarter, Indiegogo are helping quite a bit because they are assured money up front. This is not new with the publishers, it just was not public knowledge before. I for one am thrilled to see that it was actually publicized so that everyone can see.
There are numerous games made that the developers were taken by a publisher who never paid.

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Posted by: Kaki's Sister

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/25/13 05:43 AM

What a shame. Everyone gets hurt when someone doesn't honor their commitment including Lace Mamba Global.
Posted by: metamorphium

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/25/13 10:31 AM

"Between pirating games and dishonest publishers what is a developer suppose to do?"

Either keep your enthusiasm and somehow go on even if crawling, or quitting the development and leave it for the big guys with the money. smile

Thank you everyone for this unbelievable support! We're currently at 30% towards top 100. If we keep this tempo, we might eventually get there!

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Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: CBE software has Canceled Publishing Agreement with Lace Mamba Global - 01/25/13 11:24 AM

We are rooting for you!

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