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


German consumer group takes secondhand games seriously
Feb 03
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Kevin Butler actor Jerry Lambert settles with Sony


Bridgestone and Sony are still in court
Jan 17
// Jordan Devore
Remember when actor Jerry Lambert and fictional Sony character Kevin Butler literally became the same human being? Those were simpler times. As you might recall, after performing in many ads for the company, Lambert later wen...
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SEGA to sue Level-5 for patent infringement


Another day, another lawsuit
Dec 12
// Jim Sterling
SEGA is taking Level-5 to court over its Inazuma Eleven soccer games, claiming they infringe on a patent the larger publisher holds.  The bone of contention is the ability to move characters via a finger or pen on a...
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Judge denies Motorola U.S. Xbox 360 ban


Germany also in the clear
Dec 04
// Dale North
Motorola tried to shut down the sale of the Xbox 360 and other Microsoft products over a patent fees dispute, but it didn't stick. Motorola wanted somewhere near $4 billion a year for the use of some pretty standard tech...
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Silicon Knights to recall and destroy its Unreal 3 games


Too Human, X-Men: Destiny, and more to be culled
Nov 09
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Marvelous AQL sued for hostile takeover attempt


Suit names Marvelous, XSEED and others
Nov 01
// Dale North
Checkpoint, an independent game studio, has filed suit against Marvelous AQL, saying that the Japanese company tried to take their studio over to get out of a $2.5 million payment. The complaint says that Marvelous paid Check...

Sony sues for 'Kevin Butler character' playing Mario Kart

Oct 05 // Jonathan Holmes
Sony Computer Entertainment America filed a lawsuit against Bridgestone and Wildcat Creek, Inc. on September 11. The claims are based on violations of the Lanham Act, misappropriation, breach of contract and tortious interference with a contractual relationship. We invested significant resources in bringing the Kevin Butler character to life and he’s become an iconic personality directly associated with PlayStation products over the years. Use of the Kevin Butler character to sell products other than those from PlayStation misappropriates Sony’s intellectual property, creates confusion in the market, and causes damage to Sony.
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Well, this is awkward
Art by LoveChin88 [Update: Here is a revised version of the commercial with Jerry Lambert removed.] Sony is in the process of suing Bridgestone and Wildcat Creek Inc over a recent TV commercial where a character pla...

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The No Doubt vs. Activision drama finally ends


Oct 04
// Chris Carter
Remember that one time when No Doubt accused Activision, and by proxy Band Hero, of misusing their likeness? It feels like that sort of thing happens every year, but now Activision has one less thing to worry about, as No Dou...
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Jimquisition: EA vs. Zynga - The Lesser of Two Evils


Aug 27
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts and Zynga duking it out is one of the biggest supervillain slap-fights in history. Both companies are reviled by gamers the world over, but as is our nature, we can't just sit back and watch the carnage. Peop...
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EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!


Aug 21
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts' delusions of grandeur have reached new heights this week, as the company continues to milk its lawsuit against Zynga for cheap applause and gamer cred. Its latest claim? The lawsuit positions Electronic Arts ...
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EA vs. Zynga: EA thanks gamers for support


Aug 07
// Jim Sterling
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...
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EA vs. Zynga: Zynga hits back, says EA is a copycat too


Aug 06
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Electronic Arts has announced that it will be twisting the knife into the beleaguered Zynga by taking it to court -- suing the trouble company over its new social game, The Ville. EA alleges that The Ville is a rip-off of The...

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Zynga shares plummet, lawsuit coming, gravy train crashes


Aug 01
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Steam says you can't mass-sue Valve anymore


Aug 01
// Jim Sterling
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...
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EA gives up NCAA Football exclusivity


Jul 27
// Dale North
[Update: An EA representative confirmed settlement with GameSpot: "We made a business decision to settle this lawsuit and put the matter behind us. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the NFL and NCAA."] Attor...
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German group threatens to sue over Diablo III's DRM


Jul 24
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Patent troll sues Mojang, EA, Square over copy protection


Jul 23
// Jim Sterling
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...
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West vs. Activision settlement reached over COD lawsuit


May 31
// Brett Zeidler
In one of the nastiest legal battles within the past couple years of the gaming industry, things were set to officially go to court tomorrow. It's now known that Activision has reached an agreement with Jason West and Vince Z...
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Justice for a Girl: No Doubt v Activision going to trial


May 31
// Kyle MacGregor
It's been nearly three years since No Doubt first filed against Activision for improper use of their likeness in 2009 Guitar Hero spin-off, Band Hero. Since then the evil publisher has counter-sued the band, claiming they wer...
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Epic victorious in drawn out suit from Silicon Knights


May 30
// Conrad Zimmerman
After a protracted legal battle lasting five years, a North Carolina court has closed the book on a suit brought forth by Silicon Knights against Epic Games, alleging that the developer of Unreal Engine 3 competed unfairly by...
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Gamers punish man suing Ubisoft with Amazon review-bombs


Apr 19
// Jim Sterling
The man who is trying to stop Assassin's Creed III's release has been introduced to the wrath of gamers, with his book being torn to pieces on Amazon. Link is a story about experiencing the life of a descendant through a virt...
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Ubisoft sued for 'ripping off' Assassin's Creed idea


Apr 18
// Jim Sterling
A science fiction author is suing Ubisoft after alleging that the premise of Assassin's Creed was stolen from his own novel, Link. John L. Beiswenger is a research engineer as well as a writer, and points to a number of ...
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Victory Mojang! Scrolls shall forevermore be Scrolls


Mar 10
// Tony Ponce
A few hours ago, a very excited Markus "Notch" Persson tweeted that Minecraft developer Mojang and Bethesda have settled their "Scrolls" dispute. As you might recall, Bethesda filed a lawsuit last year over a possible infring...
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Blizzard is suing Valve over DOTA trademark


Feb 10
// Jim Sterling
MMO leader Blizzard has filed against Valve in an attempt to stop it trademarking DOTA, claiming the name has been used in exclusive association with the Warcraft series for more than seven years. It was filed late last year ...
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California to pay ESA $950,000 for failed case legal fees


Jan 26
// Dale North
California tried to establish unconstitutional regulations on videogames and failed miserably. Brown v. ESA had the Court voting 7-2 to Alpha Counter a 2005 California law that would put an unlawful lock on game distribution....
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Interplay's Fallout MMO is done as Bethesda wins battle


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
The long, bitter legal battle between Bethesda and Interplay has finally resolved today, with Bethesda emerging the victor. Interplay officially has no claim to the Fallout IP, and its plans to create a Fallout MMO are now th...
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EA using First Amendment to keep helicopters in BF3


Jan 09
// Jim Sterling
Electronic Arts has filed a preemptive lawsuit against aircraft manufacturer Textron, hoping to invoke First Amendment laws and justify the use of real-life helicopters in Battlefield 3.  Three helicopters appear in the ...
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Konami punishes woman for getting pregnant, gets sued


Dec 29
// Jim Sterling
Konami recently lost a lawsuit against a former employee after she was punished for taking maternity leave.  Yoko Sekiguchi took the six months of paid maternity leave that she was entitled to, only to discover upon her ...
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HAHAHA! Sony sued over no-sue clause in Terms of Service


Dec 20
// Dale North
Yep. The new PlayStation Network Terms of Service clause that basically says that users cannot sue Sony after agreeing to use the service has bit Sony in the ass. They're...being sued. A California man is suing Sony on behalf...

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