While it may only tangentially involve Daybreak Games, it seems that the case against Michael Cohen via Stormi Daniels' law team, Avenatti & Associates, does indeed involve Columbus Nova and Russian Oligarch Mr. Vekselberg and his cousin Mr. Andrew Intrater. In the recently released document (read the whole thing via Dropbox HERE), it points out that Columbus Nova is chief among many of the suspicious and possibly fraudulent financial transactions involving Mr. Cohen.
The press release for the sale of SOE said Columbus Nova, as do the Terms of Service, and Privacy Policies for Daybreak Games.
As MassivelyOP reported when they broke the story, Daybreak claimed it was not Columbus Nova at all, but instead someone with close ties to the company: "It was current executive chairman Jason Epstein, former senior managing partner of Columbus Nova that acquired Daybreak, not Columbus Nova itself. That distinction was never corrected in the past, so we are correcting that now.”
What this all has to do with Daybreak Games is up in the air, and frankly, their denial seems hard to believe, but we've reached out for comment. But the recent back-pedalling of ownership, rumors of sale, and other such oddities do make for some rather unusual stories floating around the one-time king of MMORPGs.
More on this as we hear back from Daybreak Games.
From the filing:
Chief among these suspicious financial transactions are approximately $500,000 in payments received from Mr. Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian Oligarch with an estimated net worth of nearly $13 Billion. Mr. Vekselberg and his cousin Mr. Andrew Intrater routed eight payments to Mr. Cohen through a company named Columbus Nova LLC (“Columbus”) beginning in January 2017 and continuing until at least August 2017.
Columbus Nova is a private equity firm founded in 2000 with over $2 billion in assets.Mr. Intrater is the CEO of Columbus Nova.Columbus Nova is the U.S. investment vehicle for Renova Group, a multi-nationalcompany controlled by Mr. Vekselberg. Renova group holds investments in various interests, including mining, oil, and telecommunications.