If he really did swipe Activision's money, why hasn't he been sued and/or indicted for doing so? That by itself should be enough for people to question whether the article is legit. ...
"Swiping" money might be hard to prove. A product was delivered after all, and the article seems to suggest that Activision didn't exactly follow up with the project as they should've (ie: fault for quality issues probably lies on both sides).Off topic but related: Has Sega done anything regarding the release of Aliens: Colonial Marines? Will they?
But can't your last question be turned around? Can't the lack of any contradicting statement from Dyack, Silicon Knights, or any friends/employees that stayed with company be considered damning if the article really was blatantly incorrect and slanderous? I mean, we have a statement being made now, after it's clear that his damaged public reputation is harming the ability to use crowd funding as a source of capital... but how credible is that?
I don't think any of us will ever know how accurate those anonymous sources were. My bet is that the one-sided story being presented by ex-employees (who probably weren't that fond of Dyack and/or Silicon Knights to begin with) is not
a fair telling of what happened... but when you look at the overall track record for Silicon Knights over the past 8+ years*, it forces you to wonder just how much fire is behind all that smoke.
Again, very interested to hear what the NWR staff has to say - especially since at least one person has apparently met Dyack in person before.
* Track record in a nut-shell: mediocre and much-delayed Too Human release; disastrous Epic lawsuit that made Silicon Knights look rather bad; very poor X-Men Destiny release; difficulty meeting conditions for grant money from Canadian Government; then the article in question being unverifiable icing on the cake.
@ejamer This looks like a sure thing to me, as opposed to the Ouya which was a total unknown(still is)
The studio does seem very passionate about the project, and really wants to see it be successful. That is likely the best selling point we can agree upon at this point in time.