Presentation: Taxing Game Currency

Hello all! My presentation is on the topic of assessing Canadian income tax on video game currency earnings. By way of background (in case you are baffled as to why anyone would ruin video games by talking about tax,) I am a student in the LLM in Taxation program at Allard. I am also a […]

VR Technology in a Post-Truth World: November 4th Presentation

Hi everyone! This coming Wednesday I will be presenting on the legal implications of the interaction between accelerating ‘virtualization’ and ongoing political trends in digital spaces, both in the context of video games and beyond. To get the class thinking about the immense potential for manipulation of participants in/inhabitants of virtual worlds, I have linked […]

News of the Week; October 28, 2020

NoW October 28, 2020  GAMES EA hit with class action lawsuit in Canada over loot box usage EA Accused Of Running “Unlicensed, Illegal Gaming System” Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong high-score case will move forward to trial AOC’s Twitch stream is a milestone for games — and for politics | Opinion: Embarrassing copycats are inevitable, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez […]

Delisted Games

Hello everyone, Here is our presentation on delisted video games. Audio is attached to each slide (except the title slide), and we’ve provided links to a variety of resources you might find interesting throughout the slideshow. Hopefully the presentation plays without issue for everyone, but if you have any trouble accessing it please let us […]

Streaming… High Risk, High Return?

Streaming (or content creating) has become a very lucrative profession in a relatively short period of time – from mukbang content creators to pro-gamers streaming on their off time, streaming has become a new way for individuals to showcase their talents and make money doing it. In addition to being sponsored by viewers (e.g. the […]

Delisted Games Presentation – Oct 28th

Hello everyone, Jaclyn Salter and I our giving our presentation this coming Wednesday Oct 24th on delisted video games. Delisting is the process in which previously commercially released video games are taken down from digital or physical stores and are no longer available for purchase or redownloading. Our presentation explores the framework behind delisting, some […]

News of the Week; October 21, 2020

GAMES Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against EA in Canada Over Loot Boxes EA facing Canadian class action lawsuit over loot boxes: Two plaintiffs seeking damages as suit calls out “unlicensed, illegal gaming system” in over 60 titles Mark Sutherland and Shawn Moore v. Electronic Arts Inc. (Notice of Civil Claim The Supreme Court of B.C., […]

Can Videogames Be a Utility?

Johanna Blakley’s TED talk from class 4 and last week’s exercise about games that could change the world had me thinking about whether games could become a utility. For those who haven’t seen the TED talk, it was about how there is little to no copyright protection in the fashion industry, and yet fashion flourishes […]

PS5 Voice Chats Can Be Recorded and Sent to Sony

In Sony’s own words: “Following this update, users are seeing a notification about Party Safety and that voice chats in parties may be recorded. Voice chat recording for moderation is a feature that will be available on PS5 when it launches, and will enable users to record their voice chats on PS5 and submit them […]