News of the Week; August 14, 2019

GAMES Ubisoft loses Rocksmith patent suit: Judge dismisses publisher’s claim against music tutorial software maker Yousician with prejudice Twitter Data Shows Major Increase in Gaming Engagement on Platform  US tariffs on video game consoles imported from China delayed to December US delays tariff on game consoles: Trump says extra tax on some electronic products made […]

News of the Week; August 7, 2019

GAMES Parties agree to settle in Damion Perrine v. Sega of America  TaxWatch: Activision Blizzard has dodged taxes on billions – UK think tank details how Call of Duty company’s corporate structure, IP royalty scheme minimizes money owed Republican politicians say videogames partly to blame for mass shootings: GOP House minority leader Kevin McCarthy says […]

News of the Week; July 31, 2019

GAMES British Gambling Commission: Industry should be “proactively dealing” with skin betting – Loot boxes still aren’t gambling but concerns raised over similarities and companies that fail to police secondary markets Addicted to Loot: Recent developments in gaming addiction and gambling concerns in the UK SEC Issues No-Action Letter for Gaming Tokens  GTA dev Rockstar Games […]

News of the Week; July 24, 2019

GAMES Court Tosses Lawsuit Claiming Muting A Runescape Character Violates The First Amendment Nintendo facing class action suit over drifting Switch controllers Nintendo faces class action lawsuit over Joy-Con drifting defect: US law firm calls on Switch owners to join suit as plaintiff Ryan Davis seeks monetary relief Nintendo is reportedly offering free repairs for […]

News of the Week; July 17, 2019

GAMES Former College Basketball Players Sue Fortnite Creators for Use of “Running Man” Dance ESA Steps In With Amicus Brief In Support Of Activision Versus Humvee Would freedom of speech beat loot box legislation? | Opinion: A look back at the Supreme Court’s 2011 ruling on video game violence suggests the First Amendment defense may […]

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 […]