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 […]

News of the Week; May 15, 2019

GAMES Philip Champion v. Take Two Interactive Software, Inc. Champion v Take Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Decided on May 10, 2019 Supreme Court, New York County, Kahn, J.) Hey! That’s My Move! The dangers of in-game data collection: Can your choices come back to haunt you? Devs reflect on the privacy risks surrounding how games […]

News of the Week; May 8, 2019

GAMES Riot Games employees organize walkout over forced arbitration  Riot Games employees hold walkout over forced arbitration: In one of the first games industry walkouts, League of Legends studio employees protest studio policy in light of gender discrimination lawsuits Riot Games walkout sees 150 developers protest forced arbitration  Riot Games will drop mandatory arbitration following […]

News of the Week; May 1, 2019

GAMES Report: Talks of developer walkouts prompt conversation inside Riot Games Citing arbitration clauses, Riot Games moves to block employee lawsuits Riot Files Motions To Block Current Employees From Taking Legal Action Riot employees threaten walkout over forced arbitration: League of Legends developer’s attempt to keep workers’ gender discrimination claims out of court draws backlash […]

News of the Week; April 24, 2019

GAMES Iraq bans PUBG, Fortnite: Country joins Nepal and some parts of India in forbidding Bluehole’s shooter, citing impact on youth and addictive qualities Nepal lifts short-lived ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Fortnite and PUBG are now banned in Iraq: The Iraqi government is concerned about the negative effect the games have on youth. Iraq parliament votes […]

News of the Week; April 17, 2019

GAMES ISFE calls on European gambling authorities to tackle online skin betting: Comments come following move by Danish Gambling Authority to block 15 skin betting websites Rocket League halts loot box use in Belgium and the Netherlands   The Native American Quinault Nation has filed a lawsuit against Valve over gambling Native American nation files lawsuit against […]