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News of the Week; July 10, 2019

GAMES Sensor Tower: Gaming accounted for 75% of total mobile revenue so far in 2019 – Game spending reaches nearly $30 billion this year Developers and G2A clash over the impact of grey market keys on indies No More Robots petition demands G2A drop all indie games: Mike Rose claims retailer is “lying” about his […]

News of the Week; July 3, 2019

GAMES Bots and Cheaters Lose as League of Legends is awarded a $10 Million Payout  Esports contract dispute: Seeking to set an industry standard Industry tells UK lawmakers it wants more research into gaming disorder: Commons committee not left reassured following latest immersive and addictive technologies inquiry hearing Adolescents and loot boxes: links with problem […]

Regulating digital (including video-games) or not: Law Society of B.C.’s 2019 Rule of Law Lecture

The third annual LSBC Rule of Law Lecture took place on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at UBC Robson Square. The speakers addressed subjects that become more relevant in Video Game Law every year. Among the vexing questions are “To Regulate or Not to Regulate?” and how privacy law fits (or not) in a digital world. […]

News of the Week; June 26, 2019

GAMES Rovio files trademark lawsuit against hot chicken restaurant ‘Angry Birdz’ Rovio sues California chicken restaurant over Angry Birds trademark: Finnish developer alleges Angry Birdz Nashville Hot Chicken violating trademark on both name and logo Law against account boosting goes into effect in South Korea Cease-and-desist transforms Mario Royale into DMCA Royale Don’t Miss: Dissecting the revolutionary game […]

News of the Week; June 19, 2019

GAMES The creator of ‘Pokémon Go’ is suing an ‘association of hackers’ that it says helps players cheat at its games Niantic is suing Global++ over modified Pokemon Go,Ingress apps Niantic files lawsuit against “hacker” group: Global ++ has allegedly created derivative apps based on Ingress, Pokémon Go and Harry Potter Wizards Unite From Pokémon to Harry […]

News of the Week; June 12, 2019

GAMES Report: Global gaming software spend hits $132bn Lawsuit alleges Unity CEO sexually harassed former VP Unity faces lawsuit as John Riccitiello accused of sexual harassment: Former VP of recruitment claims CEO made several advances before she was unfairly dismissed Unity faces lawsuit as John Riccitiello accused of sexual harassment Star Control creators no longer opposing […]

News of the Week; June 5, 2019

GAMES Mario Kart-themed go-kart company loses against Nintendo in court, again Iron Maiden is suing Ion Maiden dev 3D Realms for trademark infringement Iron Maiden sue 3D Realms over Early Access title Ion Maiden: Metal band accuses developer of “incredibly blatant” infringement Mobile developer DoubleJump accused of cloning: Cannon Brawl creator Theresa Duringer claims Canadian studio copied […]

“Regulation & Blockchain”: Presentation at the 3rd Annual Blockchain@UBC Summer Institute

Blockchain is not an ever-present subject in Video Game Law, but has certainly come up on a reasonably regular basis in the over the years. When it does come up it often does so with great passion. There are video-games such as CryptoKitties (https://cryptokitties.co) which use blockchain to great advantage. Ubisoft is working on a […]

News of the Week; May 29, 2019

GAMES Sony Europe taken to court for alleged consumer rights violations: ACCC alleges PlayStation Store refund policy does not reflect the consumer rights protected under Australian law Zenimax settles ‘Redfall’ trademark dispute with book publisher Bethesda And Zenimax Settle ‘Redfall’ Trademark Dispute With Trollish Book Publisher ‘Gaming disorder’ officially recognized as a disease despite industry […]

News of the Week; May 22, 2019

GAMES N.Y. Supreme Court Dismisses Right of Publicity Claims against Take-Two Based on a Character from NBA 2K18 Nintendo is pulling two mobile games from Belgium over loot box laws Belgian loot box decision takes down some of Nintendo’s mobile games Nintendo to halt service of two mobile games in Belgium amid loot box debacle […]