Welcome to the 2021 Cohort of Video Game Law @ Allard

If you are a gamer, this past year could definitely feel like a dystopian video-game. In fact for those who remember the “Corrupted blood incident” (AKA World of Warcraft pandemic) of 2005, it might seem that life has imitated art. That pandemic in WoW quickly killed lower-level characters and significantly altered traditional gameplay, as players […]

News of the Week; February 24, 2021

GAMES Oxford University Study Shows Small Correlation Between Playing Video Games And ‘Well Being’ Illinois politician proposes a Grand Theft Auto ban New Illinois Bill Would Expand Restrictions on Video Games Case Study: How ADL Used Custom Consumer Research to Measure Harassment & Disruptive Behavior in Online Games Epic giving out virtual currency after loot […]

News of the Week; February 17, 2021

GAMES Riot Games CEO sued by former assistant for sexual harassment Google Wins Motion to Dismiss Loot Box Class Action Nintendo reportedly raises damages sought in Colopl lawsuit to $47m Nintendo claims additional damages in White Cat Project lawsuit Latest Nintendo Direct event led by Zelda: Skyward Sword HD remaster Nintendo ends pandemic-driven Nintendo Direct hiatus with a remaster-filled […]

News of the Week; February 10, 2021

GAMES Riot Games CEO accused of sexual harassment in lawsuit from ex-employee Shadow of War publisher Warner Bros. has patented the series’ Nemesis system Super Nintendo World apparently took scenery from a Mario fangame Merritt killer gets PlayStation memory card back after win in Federal Court: Justice Zinn ruled removal order unreasonable – that inmate permitted […]

News of the Week; February 3, 2021

GAMES Valve loses controller patent case, must pay $4m in damages Valve on the hook for $4 million over Steam Controller patent infringement Is Steam really conspiring to price fix? Riot Games pushes for arbitration in gender discrimination lawsuit Riot Games pushes gender discrimination case back towards arbitration Ubisoft Toronto co-founder Alexandre Parizeau departs Ubisoft […]

News of the Week; January 27, 2021

GAMES Québec law firm files latest Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift lawsuit: Lambert Avocat seeking compensation for all Québec consumers who bought Switch controllers since August 2017 European Commission called to investigate into Joy-Con drift BEUC calls for Joy-Con Drift investigation after receiving 25,000 complaints Valve on trial for allegedly infringing controller patents: The Steam Controller […]

News of the Week; January 20, 2021

GAMES CD Projekt faces a second class-action lawsuit over Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt Red exec disputes Cyberpunk 2077 demo were “almost entirely fake” CD Projekt vows ‘vigorous’ defense as investors launch second Cyberpunk class action Inside Cyberpunk 2077’s Disastrous Rollout Epic Games takes legal action against Apple and Google in UK Epic submits claims against Google and […]

News of the Week; January 13, 2021

GAMES ESA suspends political contributions after assault on U.S. Capitol ESA PAC to pause political contributions following insurrection at US Capitol Twitch suspends Trump account following insurrection at US Capitol Updated: Twitch, Discord suspend Trump-related accounts after Capitol assault Twitch removes popular emote after pro player’s support for Capitol Hill mob Twitch pulls Pogchamp emote […]

News of the Week; January 6, 2021

GAMES The Sinking City returns to stores as legal dispute over publishing rights continues CD Projekt gearing up for ‘vigorous action’ against investor lawsuit Apple removes 39,000 games from the App Store in China Apple removes 39,000 games from China store in biggest single-day takedown Microsoft calls for Xbox drift lawsuit to be handled by arbitration […]

News of the Week; December 30, 2020

GAMES CD Projekt Red investors sue company over Cyberpunk 2077 debacle Apple reportedly warns devs of more app takedowns in Chinese App Store What makes for a good game publishing contract? Nier: Automata surpasses 5 million shipped Steam’s end of year bonanza gets ‘experimental’ Blackstone makes big investment in mobile ad firm Liftoff Parents Who Gift Quest 2 […]

News of the Week; December 23, 2020

GAMES Games Are Now Making More Than Movies And Sports Combined: Gaming sales are up to almost $180 billion per year. presents… The Year in Numbers 2020 Digital gaming just had its best revenue month ever in November 31% of young UK gamers struggle to track spending on loot boxes: New report from Gambling […]

News of the Week; December 16, 2020

GAMES Nintendo Hates You: DMCA Takedowns Of Game Music Continue While Nintendo Offers No Legit Way To Listen Germany Opens Legal Action Against Facebook Account Requirement for Oculus Headsets GOG backtracks on Devotion re-launch hours after it was announced The Strong Museum now includes decades of files from the LGBTQ Game Archive Copyright law is bricking your […]

News of the Week; December 9, 2020

GAMES Activision lawsuit accuses Netflix of poaching CFO  Activision sues Netflix for poaching former CFO: Suit alleges Netflix incited Spencer Neumann to break his contract to become CFO of Netflix Consumer rights groups launch joint investigation into Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift Nintendo Plays ‘Control Inception’, Cancelling Splatoon Broadcast After Teams Protest Canceling Smash Bros. Tourney […]