Earlier this month, Martin Luiga—Founding member and developer of Studio ZA/UM in one of PC Gamer’s all-time favorites Disco Elysium—announced the “dissolution of the ZA/UM Cultural Association.” He said that the company as a cultural project “no longer represents the atmosphere on which it was founded”, adding that artist Aleksander Rostov, and writers Helen Hindpere and Robert Kurvitz, left “involuntarily.” In a subsequent interview, Luiga said that the three were “fired on false premises”, implying that prosecution against ZA/UM was forthcoming.
Now, as reported by TechNewsSpace, that does appear to be the case. As seen on the Estonian Ministry of Justice website Riigi Teataja, writer Kurvitz filed against ZA/UM on behalf of his own company, Telomer OÜ.
The application currently calls “get information and review documents” from the studio Disco Elysium. It is not known exactly what the lawsuit entails now, but it could possibly be related to Luiga’s earlier allegations of unfair dismissal. It could also be an attempt to regain the rights to Disco Elysium from shareholders, especially since Kurvitz spent the better part of 10 years developing the Elysium universe.
The whole thing seems to be confirmed by Luiga as well. He posted a link to the TechNewsSpace story with a cheeky nod to the game he helped create, simply writing “law-jaw.” He also thanked some fans in the responses, and when asked if any support could be offered, he replied “I will let you know if such an opportunity arises.”
The first hearing will take place on November 28, when we can hopefully discover some more details of the trial. The court case may also open the doors to what happened at the end of 2021. ZA/UM offered a very vague no-comment comment at the beginning of the month, while Luiga claimed he was under an NDA and couldn’t dive in. the finer details. Rostov and Hindpere were also very quiet along with Kurvitz, although Luiga said he thinks “the three will continue to make plays.”