What a judicial cocoa. It is the only way to define what happened to the music used in Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour. Gearbox Software, Bobby Prince, Randy Pitchford, Apogee Software, and 3D Realms have reached an agreement to finalize the legal mess that had been caused, as reported GamesIndustry.
It all started in 2019, when Prince, composer of the franchise’s original soundtrack, made a lawsuit with triple accusation against Gearbox, Randy Pitchford and Valve, requesting payment of a dollar for each sale of the game.
This condition stems from the fact that Prince originally composed 16 songs for him. Duke Nukem 3D original from 1996, published by Apogee Software, stating said condition for each sale. The problem arises when Apogee simply licensed, but did not purchase, the rights to the music.
When Gearbox bought the Duke Nukem property in 2010, it didn’t do the same with music. Pitchford went so far as to admit that he did not really possess those rights, although refused to provide any financial compensation to the artist.
Finally, through a press release, the company and the composer have resolved their legal problems. The terms in which this agreement has been closed are unknown, although it is indicated that all those involved decided to dismiss their disputes.
Apogee’s parent company 3D Realms made its own statement, stating that Prince’s license was “inadvertently overlooked” when the rights to Duke Nukem were sold to Gearbox.
For his part, Prince himself has pointed out that “after productive discussions, we came to an arrangement that allows my music and sound effects to remain on Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour “.
“I appreciate Randy Pitchford and Gearbox for their collaboration, partnership and understanding. I am grateful that we can put this behind us and move on,” concluded the composer.
In 2013, Gearbox has already filed a lawsuit against 3D Realms, accusing the company of violating the agreement for the transfer of the license. Duke Nukem is still a news source despite its disastrous popularity.