News of the Week; June 14, 2017

GAMES Augmented reality lawsuit provides augmented view of 1st Amendment: “They’re passing two dimensional laws in a three dimensional world.” Class action lawsuit over Xbox 360 defect shut down by court (again) Popular GTA V Modding Tool Shuts Down, Community Explodes GTA Mod Tool Program Shuts Down, After Reported Cease And Desist Letter: OpenIV is no more, […]

News of the Week; June 7, 2017

GAMES ESA launches lawsuit against Chicago for its tax on online games ESA sues to overturn Chicago online game service tax: Trade group goes to court over city’s expansion of amusement tax to include game streaming and subscription services Violent video game montages are grounds for demonetization on YouTube YouTube specifies what type of gaming […]

News of the Week; May 31, 2017

GAMES Uzbekistan bans video games that ‘threaten stability’: Games barred from sale include Grand Theft Auto and The Sims World Of Tanks Developer Gets Negative Review Video Taken Down Under Threat Of Copyright Claim, Backlash Ensues Hackers jailbreak permanent mods onto Super Mario World save files: Incredible hack perpetually alters game through nothing but controller input. Instead […]

News of the Week; May 24, 2017

GAMES Does Valve really own Dota? A jury will decide: Federal court case could hinge on 2004 forum post granting “open source” license. Jury to decide whether Valve owns DOTA: Two games studios challenge the company’s ownership to DOTA Valve’s ownership of Dota 2 is set to be decided by a jury Why Texas may have lost its […]

News of the Week; May 17, 2017

GAMES Judge Explores Boundaries of Authorship With Nods to ‘Star Wars,’ Spike Lee and ‘Love Actually’: Modded video games get likened to movies in a tour de force of legal writing. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., and Valve Corporation v. Lilith Games (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. And uCool, Inc. (U.S. Dist. Ct., Northern District of California) ZeniMax extends […]

News of the Week; May 10, 2017

GAMES Russian Who Played Pokemon Go in Church Is Convicted of Inciting Hatred Diego Maradona settles with Konami over likeness dispute: As part of the settlement, the legendary player will sign a deal this month to promote Pro Evolution Soccer Bethesda Trademark Bullying Results In Indie Game Adding A Whole Letter To Its Name, But […]

News of the Week; May 3, 2017

GAMES ZeniMax pressures Prey for the Gods devs to make a name change Prey developer: Go ahead, use Steam refunds to demo our game – Colantonio – “Steam players can just return the game” before playing for two hours. Nintendo issues unsurprising take down notice for fan-made Zelda: “Breath of the NES” developer publishes email from NoA attorney […]

News of the Week; April 26, 2017

GAMES Two-year jail sentence for teen who hacked Xbox: Convict carried out more than 1.7m cyber attacks and enabled further crimes globally Teenager behind Microsoft and Sony hacks jailed for two years: “I have a duty to the public who are worried about this,” says judge. Creator of DDoS program used against Minecraft and RuneScape sentenced to prison Game […]

News of the Week; April 19, 2017

GAMES Sweeney: “The future of the games industry? Make everyone a creator” – The Epic Games CEO discusses the importance of open platforms, the benefits of non-games projects and why he’s preserving a forest Twitch Builds Innovative Features For Its Most Popular Game, ‘League Of Legends’ 2022 Asian Games adds eSports as medal sport: Professional […]

News of the Week; April 12, 2017

GAMES Maradona sees red as he sues ProEvo over image rights Oculus has filed a motion to request a new trial against ZeniMax Oculus wants a new trial in ZeniMax case: VR company says initial verdict was “tainted” and the $500 million damages “excessive” New report delves into the dodgy world of PSN account reselling […]