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10:45 AM on 11.01.2012

Marvelous AQL sued for hostile takeover attempt

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...

Dale North







Sony sues for 'Kevin Butler character' playing Mario Kart photo
Sony sues for 'Kevin Butler character' playing Mario Kart
by Jonathan Holmes

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 played by actor Jerry Lambert enjoys playing Mario Kart Wii for a few seconds. Jerry Lambert is the actor who had played Kevin Butler, the fictional Vice President of various Playstation departments, in Sony's "It Only Does Everything" and "Long Live Play" advertising campaigns. 

Who is Wildcat Creek Inc? Well, according to Corporation Wiki, they are a company owned by none other than Jerry Lambert. 

Sony is claiming damages based on Bridgestone's use of the Kevin Butler character to "sell products other than those of Playstation". The thing is, the character that Jerry Lambert played in the Bridgestone commercial was not Kevin Butler.  He wasn't even advertising a Nintendo product. He was just a Bridgestone worker getting into Mario Kart Wii when he should have been working (in order to help promote a Wii giveaway contest through Bridgestone). 

The main thing I'm taking from this is that if I ever appear as a character in a Sony commercial, then I'm never going to let myself be filmed enjoying a non-Sony product ever again. I hope Marcus learns that lesson as well, lest he gets his ass sued for being caught on camera enjoying a rousing game of Donkey Kong.

Check out the full statement from Sony below.

Sony sues Kevin Butler actor (update: Sony comments) [VentureBeat]

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12:30 PM on 10.04.2012

The No Doubt vs. Activision drama finally ends

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...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 08.27.2012

Jimquisition: EA vs. Zynga - The Lesser of Two Evils

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...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 08.21.2012

EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!

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 ...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 08.07.2012

EA vs. Zynga: EA thanks gamers for support

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...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 08.06.2012

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

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...

Jim Sterling



EA suing Zynga over copyright infringement  photo
EA suing Zynga over copyright infringement
by Jim Sterling

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 Sims Social. Man, we knew EA was gunning for Zynga, but they brought out the cannons now.

"The core legal issue is our belief that Zynga infringed copyrights to our game, The Sims Social," wrote EA.  "In legal terms, our claim is that Zynga copied the original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a clear violation of the U.S. copyright laws.

"The legal reasons are solid. But for creative teams who feel that their hard work and imaginations have been ripped off, there’s obviously an emotional element too."

The full allegation can be read here, as Maxis manager Lucy Bradshaw attempts to garner sympathy in what can only be described as the villain face-off of the century. Seriously, Electronic Arts versus Zynga. What next? Two pedophiles having a fistfight? 

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10:00 AM on 08.01.2012

Zynga shares plummet, lawsuit coming, gravy train crashes

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...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 08.01.2012

Steam says you can't mass-sue Valve anymore

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...

Jim Sterling

1:30 PM on 07.27.2012

EA gives up NCAA Football exclusivity

[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...

Dale North

11:30 AM on 07.24.2012

German group threatens to sue over Diablo III's DRM

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...

Jim Sterling





10:00 AM on 07.23.2012

Patent troll sues Mojang, EA, Square over copy protection

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...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 05.31.2012

West vs. Activision settlement reached over COD lawsuit

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...

Brett Zeidler

7:00 AM on 05.31.2012

Justice for a Girl: No Doubt v Activision going to trial

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...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 05.30.2012

Epic victorious in drawn out suit from Silicon Knights

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...

Conrad Zimmerman