Midway Games is being sued by William L. Crawford III, a Los Angeles County screenwriter, over its Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy sci-fi stealth-action game. Crawford claims the premise, plot and characters were stolen from a screenplay he wrote in 1998 – also called Psi-Ops.
Crawford claims that Midway should have known about his screenplay and its premise because:
- he had set up websites with concept art;
- he attended the 2001 E3 to promote it.
- his company, Mindshadow Entertainment, had received media coverage for a possible Psi-Ops movie project.
- he had registered “Psi-Ops” with the U.S. Copyright Office six years prior to Midway’s registration.
Crawford seeks an accounting and share of revenue made from “Psi-Ops” sales in an amount no less than $1.5 million.
Dale’s Comment: On a personal note, immediately following its release I purchased this game for the original Xbox. It was unplayable. Like several games of its era, it made me nausious within five minutes of firing it up. Too bad. It looked like a fun game.