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Presentation Outline – 23 October 2019

Presentation Outline – 23 October 2019

Hello all, On Wednesday 23rd October, I’ll be presenting on the application of copyright law to video game livestreams and recorded playthroughs (“Let’s Plays”), which are commonly uploaded on internet platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. I’ll be covering the following points: Overview of Let’s Plays and livestreams on YouTube and Twitch; Applying copyright law […]

Settlement between YouTube and ‘DMCA Extortion Scammer’

Settlement between YouTube and ‘DMCA Extortion Scammer’

YouTube recently settled a dispute with a man who abused the platform’s DMCA takedown system. The defendant in the lawsuit had been repeatedly making false copyright infringement claims to harass and extort money from content creators, threatening them with DMCA takedown notices for content that wasn’t his. The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (‘DMCA’) is a […]

Nintendo’s War on ROMs

Nintendo’s War on ROMs

A ROM (“Read Only Memory”), as described by Nintendo refers to the “process of copying the software that constitutes a video game from the read-only memory found in a game cartridge or disk”, which can be played on various devices including non-Nintendo devices such as PCs and mobile phones through emulators, “a piece of software […]

Moderating Video Game Streaming Services

Moderating Video Game Streaming Services

The attacker who killed two people in a shooting at a German synagogue livestreamed the assault on Twitch, a video service owned by Amazon. It was one of the first violent attacks streamed on the service, which is best known for letting people watch others play competitive video games. Twitch said it found and took […]

PS5 vs Xbox Scarlett

PS5 vs Xbox Scarlett

Sony officially announced that the PlayStation 5 would be coming out in the near future. Also, Xbox came out with a bit of a teaser calling their new Xbox: Project Scarlett. It’s tough to compare the two because they are so early in the stages of announcements but there are some comparisons that we can […]

User Engagement through Increased Privacy?

User Engagement through Increased Privacy?

Last week it was revealed that Facebook is testing publicly hiding ‘like’ counts in Australia. Metrics will still be available on the creator’s side but not to the view of the general public. A similar test was recently completed by Instagram this past April. Instagram is owned by Facebook. The goal of these initiatives seems […]

Does Fortnite intentionally cause addiction?

Does Fortnite intentionally cause addiction?

A Montréal law firm has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games, the producer of Fortnite. The basis of the lawsuit: The game Fortnite allegedly was created to intentionally make their players addicted. The lawsuit claims that the brain releases the happiness hormone dopamine when a player is playing for a long time. This can be […]

Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

https://kotaku.com/blizzard-suspends-hearthstone-player-for-hong-kong-supp-1838864961 A Hearthstone player came out in support of the Hong Kong protests recently during a stream. Blizzard removed him from a competition, suspended him for a 12 years from competitive play, and rescinded his prize money for supposedly violating its official competition rules for the tournament. In my opinion, the rule itself reads more […]

Loot Box Presentation – October 2, 2019

Loot Box Presentation – October 2, 2019

Hello class We are presenting on loot boxes tomorrow and wanted to give you some contextual articles that could help you prepare for our presentation. These are some optional readings. Please have a look at them, they are short. We will be touching on the history of loot boxes, the updates in the media about […]

Cloud Gaming’s Implications for the Video Game Industry

Cloud Gaming’s Implications for the Video Game Industry

News of Google Stadia has been met with a mix of enthusiasm and skepticism. On one hand, there’s definitely appeal in the prospect of being able to play games on any device with access to Google Chrome without having to purchase a console. In addition, Google Stadia seems to be taking a step forward in […]