Issues/Your Take

Zoe Quinn and the suicide of Alec Holowka

Zoe Quinn and the suicide of Alec Holowka

It appears as though Zoe Quinn is back in the news, and is once again receiving backlash. Quinn and another female developer, Albertine Watson, accused Alec Holowka, who was behind Night in the Woods, of emotional and sexual abuse while they were working together several years ago. It appears as though Quinn, after seeing another […]

Exclusive Streaming Contracts with YouTube Live

Exclusive Streaming Contracts with YouTube Live

Streaming sites like YouTube Live and Mixer are using exclusive contracts with popular streamers to increase traffic to their respective platforms.  This week YouTube Live announced that Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, a popular Fortnite gamer will begin to exclusively stream with them beginning on November 5th.  In addition, Lachlan Power has exclusively signed to YouTube Live […]

Presentation Outline: Modifications in Video Games

Presentation Outline: Modifications in Video Games

We will be exploring the issue of video game modifications (“mods”) this week.  A mod is an altercation to the video game by users or players.  Mods can be in the form of changing code or physically adding to the system and its accessories.  As mods are often user-generated, there are many debates surrounding their […]

The Chinese government will now be limiting the amount of time minors under 18 can play video games

The Chinese government will now be limiting the amount of time minors under 18 can play video games

As mentioned in class, China is currently the world’s largest gaming market. The government has introduced new guidelines applied to all online gaming platforms operating in the country. They appear to be tackling video game addiction and aimed at creating a “clear internet space” and “protecting the physical and mental health of minors.” Under the […]

Modern Warfare Outperforms Every Call of Duty

Modern Warfare Outperforms Every Call of Duty

Super nostalgic being able to play ‘modern warfare’ once again. Forbes called it: ‘The Best ‘Call Of Duty’ In A Decade’ https://www.forbes.com/sites/games/2019/11/05/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-review-the-best-call-of-duty-in-a-decade/#778ae7176f97 I got the chance to play it a few times and it lives up to the hype that is circulating around it. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is half prequel, half reboot to the Modern […]

Presentation Outline – November 6th

Presentation Outline – November 6th

As the Gaming industry has grown and developed, the level of interconnectivity and involvement has changed. Far from the simple days of “Pong” flashing on screens, Video Games are driving technological advancements and innovation while at the same time representing a trigger point for social impacts and consumption of entertainment. While gaming has had a […]

Money Laundering Using Video Game Loot Boxes

Money Laundering Using Video Game Loot Boxes

Valve has shut down the ability for players to buy and re-sell keys to access in-game loot boxes in the popular game Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) in a bid to combat money laundering. Only recently, the company announced in a blog post that the online marketplace has been taken over by large fraud networks […]

Presentation Outline: Legal Issues of Valve (Digital Game Reselling + Geoblocking)

Presentation Outline: Legal Issues of Valve (Digital Game Reselling + Geoblocking)

  Dear Class, We would like to briefly inform you about the topic of our presentation next Wednesday. We will discuss the very current and important decision from France in the matter of UFC Que Choisir v. S.A.R.L. Valve. The topic is the resale of digital video games by customers of the Steam platform. According […]

Advertising in Video Games

Advertising in Video Games

I’ll be presenting on legal issues arising from advertising in video games, which include the aspects of video game advertising, in-game advertisements and “advergames”. I’ll begin with an overview of the three, then I’ll examine the issues of protection of vulnerable audiences, disclosure and false advertising by looking at Canadian, the U.S. and the U.K. […]

Better Protection from Loot Boxes?

Better Protection from Loot Boxes?

There has been much talk regarding Fortnite in recent weeks, particularly given the recent class-action lawsuit by a Montreal legal firm on behalf of two minors, to sue the company for producing such an addictive game. Now, a new report in the UK has been released, investigating the relationship young people in the UK have […]