Jack Thompson has amended his answer and counterclaim to Take 2's complaint against him through the courts. The new document makes no mention of racketeering or the RICO statutes. As such, SPOnG finds itself no longer caught in the crossfire
Thompson still maintains the majority of his defence against Take 2's claim. However, Thompson’s counterclaim, which previously weighed in at nearly 20 pages, has been whittled down to a meagre paragraph. It now simply reads,
“If the court finds that it has jurisdiction over this matter, it should review the video games in question, allow a review of those games by this defendant and then hear argument if requested by this defendant as to wherein the Plaintiff should be enjoined from distributing video games to minors.”
The removal of the bulk of Thompson’s counterclaim means Take 2 is no longer being accused of racketeering by Thompson. It also means that SPOnG, along with others such as GamePolitics and Kotaku, is no longer accused of collaboration and conspiracy with Take 2 for racketeering activities. Needless to say, it looks less likely that SPOnG will be receiving its threatened deposition any time soon.
When SPOnG contacted Thompson to query why the amendment has been made, Thompson responded, “for excellent reasons that you would be the last ones I would share with. but the better to destroy take-two. you'll see. we know what we are doing and you don't.”
Does Thompson have a cunning and insidious plan? Has he just realised that attacking a games company with laws designed to take on the Mafia is a bit daft? SPOnG will keep you informed as more information comes to light.