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Tim Langdell's EDGE trademark claim finally quashed


Langdell was in dispute with EA, Future Publishing, and more
Apr 22
It's taken a few years but Tim Langdell's spurious copyright claims on the word "Edge" have finally ended. Eurogamer reports that a judge in California has passed a Consolidated Cancellation put forward by EA that will c...
No One Lives Forever

No one knows who owns No One Lives Forever


That headline could've been much more confusing
Apr 08
Part of the problem facing older franchises is that after the dissolution of a developer or publisher, the rights to the IP are inevitably a tangled mess. Such is the case with the humorous spy adventure N...

38 Studios lawsuit

Schilling looking to dismiss lawsuit over 38 Studios loan


State was aware of situation but didn't act
Mar 05
Curt Schilling has requested a judge throw out the lawsuit against his now-defunct development house. Following the dissolution of 38 Studios, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation accused Schilling and his busine...

New Dtoid site feature violates Trademark! Help!


Feb 12
Last week Destructoid rolled out a new feature, as requested on our Uservoice forum, that allowed our editors to group clusters of stories together around a specific product (instead of using related tags or creating a t...
Dead Space 3 thievery

Attorney: Dead Space 3 resource exploit might be theft


IP expert likens resource farming to stealing
Feb 11
Dead Space 3 features an exploit which allows players to circumvent the game's microtransactions by acquiring infinitely spawning items. While Electronic Arts has no intention of removing the feature, an intellectual pro...
Bronies

My Little Pony 'Fighting is Magic' fan game has ceased


...and desisted, while they were at it
Feb 09
At least some part of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom is taking one on the chin today. The group of fans working together to produce a fighting game based on the plucky ponies has been struck by a cease an...

Valve sued over Steam's inability to sell pre-owned games


German consumer group takes secondhand games seriously
Feb 03
The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZVB) doesn't entertain the long-standing idea of digital games remaining bound to the customer. The consumer group is taking a stand and suing Valve over Steam's refusal to le...

EA joins HRC coalition to repeal Defense of Marriage Act


Publisher does a good turn for gay rights
Jan 29
Electronic Arts has thrown its lot in with the Human Rights Campaign, a coalition of business allied to help repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The act, for those not in the know, is bigotry dressed in the coward's garb of t...

Arma devs released

Arma devs freed on bail after 130 days in prison


Charges still stand against Bohemia pair
Jan 17
After spending 130 in a Greek prison, Bohemia Interactive developers Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta have been released on a €5000/$6,672/£4160 bail. The charges against artist Pezlar and creative director Buchta sti...
2 Legit 2 Quit

The Mario Brothers expand their plumbing business in SF


Half-price plumbers hire half-ethical graphic designers
Jan 14
This is completely legit.

Nintendo blames Germany for dumb Wii U eShop restrictions


18-rated games locked until 11pm each night
Dec 10
Nintendo has confirmed German law as the reason for a stupid restriction that stops European eShop customers buying 18-rated games like ZombiU during the day. Because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany, all of Europe is l...

ArmA 3 devs to remain in jail after being denied bail


Buchta & Pezlar's situation seems to have worsened
Nov 16
Bohemia Interactive's Martin Pezlar and Ivan Buchta have been locked up for some 70 days now, having been arrested while on holiday on the Greek island of Lemnos. The two are accused by the Greek government of espionage ...

Google v Microsoft patent license trial kicks off


A fight over yearly fees
Nov 14
Seattle is the battleground where Google and Microsoft will duke it out in a dispute over yearly licensing payment amounts. Google's Motorola feels that Microsoft should be paying somewhere around $4 billion a year for u...

Silicon Knights to recall and destroy its Unreal 3 games


Too Human, X-Men: Destiny, and more to be culled
Nov 09
Following Silicon Knights' lost legal battle against Epic Games, it has been revealed (via GAF) that the perpetually unlucky studio has been ordered to recall and destroy all unsold copies of its Unreal 3-coded games.  T...

No federal criminal charges for Schilling, 38 Studios


Oct 01
Earlier this summer news broke that the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney and FBI would be launching a criminal investigation into the finances of defunct Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning developer 38 Studios. On Friday, a spokesman fo...

US Court: Google can't enforce German Xbox 360 ban in US


Sep 30
Earlier this summer, Google's Motorola Mobility obtained an injunction against Microsoft from a German court. A Mannheim judge issued a sales ban on several Microsoft devices for the violation of four patents. ...

Owner of 'Gaymer' demands Reddit stop using the word


People own words, even if they're puns everybody thought of
Sep 11
[Note: The header image is over Matthew "Gaymer" Brown as seen on Sony's The Tester, not the trademark guy going after Reddit. Sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.] Although "Gaymer" has entered our cultural vernacular (...

Millions of Apple UDIDs compromised by alleged FBI hack


America, land of the incompetent violation of personal info
Sep 04
Hacking group AntiSec has acquired millions of of UDIDs allegedly collected without permission by the FBI. The group claims it got into an FBI agent's laptop to get the data, which contains 12 million unique identif...

EA vs. Zynga: EA thanks gamers for support


Aug 07
Electronic Arts couldn't have asked for a better enemy in Zynga. The social game kingpin is not only in financial trouble, it's also one of the most despised companies in the industry. EA must realize this, and has started su...

EA vs. Zynga: Zynga hits back, says EA is a copycat too


Aug 06
The supervillain slapfight of the century was initiated on Friday, with EA announcing that it would take Zynga to court for copying The Sims Social. Today, Zynga has fired its opening salvo in response, accusing EA of copying...

The DTOID Show: Zynga, Dishonored, and QuakeCon 2012!


Aug 03
Happy Friday, lovelies! We've got a jam-packed show today, full of all the QuakeCon and copyright infringement news you can handle! We've also got footage of Assassin's Creed III's AnvilNext engine, a list of famous people l...

The DTOID Show: Aliens, Zynga, Ada Wong in RE6, & PAX


Aug 01
Today's episode of The Destructoid Show is brought to you by a flock of magical falcons who carried it here in a net woven out of gossamer spider-silk. Okay, not really. I just wanted to write something interesting. Sega rel...

Zynga shares plummet, lawsuit coming, gravy train crashes


Aug 01
Farmville creator Zynga is ... buggered. After a few years of living large and sucking as much cash as it could from Facebook users, the proudly "evil" company's bottom is well and truly falling out. Share prices have been fa...

Steam says you can't mass-sue Valve anymore


Aug 01
Valve has become the latest company to try and avoid a lawsuit by making its users agree not to take it to court. Steam's newest terms of service include the same attempts to prohibit class action suits employed by Sony, Micr...

German group threatens to sue over Diablo III's DRM


Jul 24
A German advocacy group, the Federation of Consumer Organisations, is threatening legal action against Activision-Blizzard over the "always-on" DRM requirements in Diablo III.  The group demands that Diablo III's pa...

Patent troll sues Mojang, EA, Square over copy protection


Jul 23
Patent troll Uniloc is suing Minecraft developer Mojang, as well as EA and Square Enix, for infringing on a form of copy-protection it "owns." Uniloc's goal is to "Look at many ideas. Pick an outstanding one. Patent...

Judge orders Apple to say Samsung didn't copy the iPad


Jul 19
For those not up on their corporate legal dickery, Apple has been trying to stop Samsung from selling its Galaxy tablet, claiming that the device is a direct rip-off of the iPad. In a rather amusing backfire, a UK judge has o...

Sony suspends PS Store in South Korea following new rules


Jun 20
Sony has had to suspend all PlayStation Store services in South Korea following a new ruling that says companies cannot ask for the real names and ages of minors when taking payment details.  The so-called Game Industry ...






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