WhatÂs the one thing that you never do when you want to sell an expensive piece of software or tech? Maybe not call it Âa lot of junkÂ as RI Governor Lincoln Chafee did with Copernicus on Thursday while speaking on a public affairs show. Chafee discussed the failure of the 38 Studios IP auction held earlier this month to find an "acceptable" bid for the Copernicus and Kingdoms of Amalur property. Chafee added that he wasnÂt surprised that it failed to sell amongst other things.
"People just panicked and gave a retired baseball player a huge amount of taxpayer money with no experience in this industry or any other businesses," Chafee said. "There was this whole groupthink across the business communities."
38 Studios founder Curt Schilling responded to some inquiries about Chafee's statements on Twitter.
@MRSmithAPHe has no clue what he's talking about, never did, ask John @j_smedley or anyone that saw it, in the industry— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) December 19, 2013
Bids were made during the auction, but none were "acceptable" according to previous reports. Despite the failure to find a suitable bid during the auction, the court-appointed receiver Richard J. Land is still continuing negotiations with the interested parties, but Chaffee is probably not making his job any easier with comments like that.
Source: The Providence Journal