Software developer Chris Sawyer is suing Atari Interactive for $4.8 million, which he says the company owes him in unpaid royalties. Sawyer, who created the popular PC game RollerCoaster Tycoon, alleges that the company miscalculated payments made to him between 1999 and 2003. Atari’s revenue from Sawyer’s games, including Transport Tycoon and three versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon, is estimated to be about $180 million. Sawyer received about $30 million in royalties. He says that this figure falls short of what is due and lists 13 instances of payments that he says the company wrongly withheld or deducted from the sum he received.
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