$4.8 million paid to ZA/UM and lawsuit dropped as battle for Disco Elysium continues

Kaur Kender, partner of ZA/UM and executive producer of Disco Elysium, has withdrawn a lawsuit against the majority shareholder and CEO of the company, according to GamesIndustry.biz (opens in a new tab). The move comes amid an ongoing struggle (opens in a new tab) between the studio’s founding members and its current management, with core members of the developer/art collective claiming that current ZA/UM CEO Ilmar Kompus usurped his position through financial malfeasance. Both sides in this withdrawn lawsuit, Kender and Kompus, claim victory, while one of those ousted founding developers told PC Gamer that their fight is far from over.

To recap, Helen Hindpere, Aleksander Rostov, and Robert Kurvitz were credited as lead writer, artist, and designer respectively on Disco Elysium, and were founding members of the artist-turned-game-developer collective. The framework grew out of the group of friends’ tabletop campaigns, and the first commercial work published in the framework was Kurvitz’s 2013 novel Sacred and Terrible Air. All three had left the company at the end of 2021.

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