LIMESTONE GAMES OFFICIAL STATEMENT
The public and unsubstantiated allegations of former employees against Limestone Games studio are shocking as the former CCO has been part of all the company’s decisions. As no real evidence of the alleged transgressions has been submitted or found Limestone Games will be turning to the authorities to disprove the accusers’ claims.
- Limestone Games is turning to the authorities to investigate the allegations of the former employees;
- The CCO Aleksei Nechoroškin has been part of all decision as all company decisions needed the unanimous decision of 3 people;
- Nechoroškin is still a shareholder of Limestone Games;
- No IP theft has happened – the IP of the game has belonged to Limestone Games from the start;
- Aeon Must Die! development and finishing is still on track.
CEO of Limestone Games Yaroslav Lyssenko: “These unfortunate accusation by the former employees are damaging the reputation of the studio, all its other employees still working on the game, other games that are being developed and the publisher behind the studio.“
“As some of the accusations are very serious we will involve the authorities, because the alleged “psychological abuse and dehumanization“ is crime under Estonian law and also it is punishable to make false claims about it. Such serious allegations should not be just thrown out to the public without proper proof and investigation.”
Lyssenko explained that the studio is dumbfounded by the allegations as all of the signatories are members of Aleksei Nehoroškin’s team, who has been part of all the managerial decisions and information. As per company rules all important decisions in the company, including hiring and firing of people, salaries etc required the unanimous decision of 3 people, including Alexei Nehoroškin. It is not possible that Nehoroškin was not aware of the decisions of the company, because he as the CCO had the power of veto over all company decisions.”
The IP theft accusation is nonsense, because under Estonian law (and indeed the laws of most western countries) the IP of a product developed by the employees belongs to the employer, ie Limestone Games. The former employees “lost” the IP. The IP belonged to the company from the beginning. “Aleksei, who is still a shareholder of the company, never owned the IP as he was an employee. I do not own the IP either – as I’m working for Limestone Games all work done belongs to the company,” said Lyssenko.
Parallel with turning to the authorities and because the accusations and claims have been highly emotional Limestone Games will be looking for a neutral mediator that fits all parties to start dialogue with the former employees.
In addition the local Estonian media representatives are invited to visit the Limestone Games studio and talk to all other employees.
Limestone Games plans on keeping the public up to date about any major findings and give more detailed information about this situation through this blog.
We don’t ask for your blind trust, but for you to be skeptical of all claims.