Originally Posted by Lynk Former
They did hold on for as long as possible though... gotta give 'em that.
There are two stories... When they announced SWG was shutting down, SOE made a statement that "They decided not to renew the Star Wars License for a 9th year", later an ex employee made a statement saying that "EA amended the contract to have a "No competition clause" in it, therefore taking the renewal decision out of SOE's hands.
It was originally stated that SWG and SWTOR would exist side by side for a at least a time.