Why is this man smiling? Because a Texas jury just awarded him $US28 million in a suit filed against NCsoft, the publisher of his now defunct massively multiplayer online game Tabula Rasa.
Then, in May, Garriott filed suit against his former employer for fraud, breach of contract, and negligent misrepresentation, contending that he did not voluntary leave the company, as NCsoft claimed. That dispute over whether Garriott had left of his own accord was key to the suit, as the man behind Ultima and Tabula Rasa had stock options that were affected by the nature of his departure. (Further details of Garriott's suit against NCsoft are right here.)
According to a report today from the Statesman, Garriott's was seeking $US47 million, not the $US24 million that was originally reported. The Austin, Texas jury awarded him $US28 million, which pleased Garriott enough to say "I am extremely pleased with the jury's decision."
Since leaving NCsoft, Garriott has focused his attention on his automata collection and his new venture, Portalarium. Going forward, we wouldn't be surprised to see Lord British blow some of those millions on more trips to space.