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Oculus

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey accused of fraud


Allegedly
May 25
Oculus VR founder, Palmer Luckey, is being sued for breach of contract. According to The Recorder, Hawaiian virtual reality company Total Recall Technologies “seeks compensatory and punitive damages” aga... read
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BBC Drama

Rockstar Games is suing the BBC


Sure does add more drama to this project
May 21
Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit against the BBC. This is because of the Beeb’s upcoming drama Game Changer, which details the early days of the studio and its hit Grand Theft Auto as well as the much-publicised confl... read
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ImageePoch

Imageepoch has filed for bankruptcy


And yeah, the CEO is still missing
May 13
Keeping track of what’s going on at Japanese developer Imageepoch has been one hell of a ride. Imageepoch was well known for games such as Luminous Arc, 7th Dragon, and Arc Rise Fantasia. Last month the CEO, Ryoei ... read
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Emulation

The first commercial 3DS game's been successfully emulated


Don't get your hopes up just yet
May 12
Emulation’s in a weird legal grey area that’s all kinds of fascinating to me. The actual bit of software designed to play ROMs is legal, but the BIOS file that makes it run? You usually have to acquire them throug... read
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Australia

Australian Origin's going to have to offer better refunds


Bet they regret Battlefield 4 now
Apr 28
Refunds, remember those? Those glorious days where if you decided you didn’t like something, or if it caught fire, ate your family, contributed to global warming or pissed on the carpet, you could just take it back and ... read
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New ports of spiritual successor TxK 'will now never see the light of day'
Atari thought it was "absolutely rubbish," the Jaguar designer told developer Jeff Minter in 1993. The man felt compelled to pull Minter aside at the console's launch party and let him know how little Atari thought of Minter'... read feature

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Dictatorsuit

Judge tosses former Panamanian dictator's Call of Duty lawsuit


Manuel Noriega will need to find a new outlet for his time in prison
Oct 29
Earlier this year, Panama's former dictator and friend to the CIA Manuel Noriega sued Activision for the use of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Not for defamation of character for portraying him a murderous badman... read
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Revolution 60

Game developer threatened, hacked, doxxed after posting meme


Developer of game about 'badass women' targeted
Oct 11
Giant Spacekat (Revolution 60) development head Brianna Wu was forced to leave her home last night after her personal information, including home address, was posted online and she received multiple violent, sexual ... read
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Square Enix

Square Enix is suing SNK Playmore over manga copyright


High Score Girl
Oct 08
SNK Playmore recently filed criminal charges against Square Enix, citing copyright infringement. The alleged violation stems from Square Enix's use of SNK characters in the manga High Score Girl. In retaliation, Square E... read
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Aliens: Colonial Marines

Sega agrees to settle in Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit


Gearbox found crying by the toilet talking about how 'no one understands art'
Aug 13
Sega of America has tentatively agreed to pay out $1.25 million to settle a class-action suit brought against it and Gearbox Software that claimed the two companies falsely advertised Aliens: Colonial Marines by using fake ga... read
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Square suit

Cops raided Square Enix after criminal lawsuit from SNK


For use of SNK characters and games without consent
Aug 06
Osaka police raided a Shinjuku, Tokyo Square Enix office yesterday, the result of a May criminal filing against Square Enix by SNK.  SNK alleges that Square Enix infringed (a lot) on SNK intellectual properties, cit... read
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GameStop

GameStop fingerprinting customers in Philadelphia


Retailer is being proactive about stolen goods, police say
Aug 01
GameStop now requires customers to provide fingerprint scans when trading in merchandise at the retailer's Philadelphia locations, CBS Philly reports. The chain is collecting thumbprints, which are sent to a national dat... read
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38 Studios lawsuit

Judge okays first settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit


$4.4 million agreement between Rhode Island EDC and bond attorney approved
Jul 27
A judge has approved the first settlement in Rhode Island's lawsuit over the ill-fated $75 million deal that brought Kingdoms of Amalur developer 38 Studios to the state in 2010. The ruling from Superior Court Judge Mich... read
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Not 'free'

Google will stop calling games with in-app purchases 'free' in Europe


Healthcare communist socialist PC police
Jul 18
As part of its investigation into unwanted in-app purchases, often by children, the European Commission has laid out guidelines for developers and the app stores themselves to follow. By the end of September, Google will... read
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Active-fission

Vivendi considered firing Activision's Bobby Kotick over last year's buyout


Kotick and Activision chairman Brian Kelly being sued, too
Jul 16
Last year, Activision Blizzard orchestrated a buyout of then-parent company Vivendi to separate from Vivendi and become an independent company. I wrote this great headline about the split --Active-fission -- and stared w... read
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38 Studios

Rhode Island agrees to $4.4 million settlement in 38 Studios lawsuit


Bond attorney denies liability, but doesn't want to risk trial
Jun 30
Rhode Island has reached a $4.4 million settlement agreement with one of the defendants named in the state's lawsuit over the failed deal, according to court filings released Friday. The suit alleges defendant Moses Afonso Ry... read
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Thanks, laws

Oakland formally lifts 80-year pinball ban


Oakland more like Jokeland (Raiders suck)
Jun 24
There's a thing anyone who took a US government class in high school from an angry bald man should know: technology outpaces law. Not just technology. Advancement in general. Are Let's Plays illegal? We can only hope.  S... read
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Nintendo

Philips comes out victorious in Nintendo legal patent battle


A UK court rules that Nintendo did indeed infringe on Philips' patent
Jun 20
For some time now, Nintendo has been locked in a legal battle with Philips over patents registered back in 2011 regarding gesture recognition and motion control. Philips claimed to have patented these ideas long before Ninten... read
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Nintendo win

Federal appeals court on Nintendo's side in Wii remote patent case


This whole damn courtroom is out of order, the vending machine is out of order!
Jun 16
Remember when Nintendo kept getting sued over the Wii remote? Fun times. One such suit was filed by Triton Tech of Texas, LLC in 2010. At that time, the Seattle district court dismissed the suit, deciding that ... read
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Austin Wintory

Journey composer facing $50,000 fine from Musicians Union


Austin Wintory is facing legal action after composing the score to The Banner Saga
Jun 09
If you've played the likes of Journey, Monaco, or The Banner Saga, then you'll have heard the wonderful music composed by Austin Wintory. Unfortunately, the Grammy-nominated composer is under fire from his union, the America... read
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Wii U

Philips is out to ban the Wii U from sale in the US


Patent infringement is a powerful thing
May 15
Philips is making an attempt to get the Wii U banned from sale in the US on the grounds of patent infringement. The electronics giant has accused Nintendo of replicating specific technology concerning navigation via "pointing... read
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NOLF

Trademark spotted: No One Lives Forever may live again


Nothing's gone forever
May 02
No One Lives Forever's rights disappeared last year. Activision said it didn't have them and, in short, no one seemed to have them. Siliconera spotted trademarks for No One Lives Forever, The Operative, Contract J.A.C.K. and ... read
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Dumb

Massachusetts town overturns 32 year old ban on arcade games


...Better late than never?
May 02
In 1982, the town of Marshfield, Massachusetts banned coin operated arcade games in public businesses (wow, more like Harshfield), fearing they were robbing children of their money and bringing in riff raff. Somehow, that ban... read
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Interceptor Entertainment investors have acquired Apogee/3D Realms


The Triad returns to nest and buys the tree
Mar 03
The investment group behind Interceptor Entertainment, SDN Invest, has announced that they have acquired Apogee/3D Realms, the developer/publisher responsible for franchises like Duke Nukem, Commander Keen and&... read
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Neo Geo X Gold dispute

Neo Geo X maker calls SNK Playmore a bully


The plot thickens
Jan 11
Tommo is continuing its fight with SNK Playmore over the right to sell the Neo Geo X Gold. The company alleges SNK has asked a number of Tommo's retail and distribution partners to stop selling the retro console and supportin... read
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Nintendo

Nintendo obtains IA Labs' patents in sheriff's sale


Lawsuits ain't cheap
Jan 09
Nintendo acquired the entire patent portfolio of IA Labs in a sheriff's sale this week in Montgomery County, Maryland. The transaction came about as the result of unsuccessful litigation on the part of IA Labs. In 2010, IA La... read
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Blizzard wins lawsuit

Blizzard wins $7M in bot suit settlement


Seems the lawyers didn't bot-ch it...
Oct 22
Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded $7 million in the settlement of a December 2011 lawsuit against Ceiling Fan Software, GamesIndustry International reports. Ceiling Fan is responsible for a number of World of Warcraft b... read
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EA settlement

EA to pay tens of millions to NCAA student athletes


Plaintiffs' attorneys call it a 'historic settlement'
Sep 28
Electronic Arts has bought its way out of a potentially nasty class action lawsuit, for use of the names, images, and likenesses of former and current NCAA student athletes. All it cost was an undisclosed amount, vaguely refe... read
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Gearbox lawsuit

3D Realms drops its Duke Nukem lawsuit against Gearbox


One down, Colonial Marines to go
Sep 13
Earlier this year, 3D Realms filed a lawsuit against Gearbox Software, alleging more than $2 million in unpaid royalties from Duke Nukem Forever. A mere few months later, the parties have now stipulated to the dismissal with ... read
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Nintendo vs. flashcarts

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor


Not in my house!
Aug 07
Piracy on the DS was kind of a big deal, which is why Nintendo has been taking measures to ensure that the same filth doesn't infect the 3DS ecosystem. The 3D handheld has remained more or less untainted thus far, but the onl... read
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EA loses lawsuit

Boom! EA loses $11 million Madden lawsuit


Boom! Tough actin' litigation
Jul 24
In 2011, we reported that Electronic Arts was being sued by Robin Antonick, designer of the original John Madden Football, who was claiming unpaid royalties for derivatives of his work after realizing subsequent early Madden ... read
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Harmonix

Viacom loses $300-million lawsuit against Harmonix


Dollar dollar bills, ya'll
Jul 17
Ending years of litigation, the Delaware Supreme Court has ordered Viacom to pay Harmonix Music's former owners $300 million in owed bonuses, money from when Viacom still owned the studio. You may remember that Harmonix was b... read






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