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Amsterdam 1666

Ubisoft ends lawsuit with Assassin's Creed creator, hands over 1666 Amsterdam

Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets have kissed and made up. Or at least buried the hatchet. Today, the Assassin's Creed creator announced plans to withdraw legal action against Ubisoft after reaching an agreement with the publisher that wi...

 
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1666: Amsterdam

Ubisoft's canceled 1666 resurfaces as trademark

Patrice Désilets was the creative director of Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's cash cow from which all its games seem to be modeled (endlessly reproducable open-world systems from now until end, amen). He left the company in 2010 and went...

 
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Ark

Ark: Survival Evolved developer seemingly forks over $40M to settle lawsuit

Ark: Survival Evolved has found success on both PC and Xbox One since its summer 2015 Early Access launch. However, recent legal matters threaten to heavily cut into those profits, especially if today's purported development proves to ...

 
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Grand Theft Auto Online

We've spent $500M on GTA Online microtransactions

Rockstar has generated over half a billion - yes, billion - dollars through microtransactions on Grand Theft Auto Online. The news was revealed as part of ex-Rockstar North’s president Leslie Benzie’s $150m lawsuit against ...

 
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Rockstar lawsuit

Former head of Rockstar North sues developer, alleges $150M in unpaid royalties

Back in January, we reported that Leslie Benzies resigned from his position as the president of Rockstar North after taking a 17-month sabbatical. As it turns out, that isn't entirely how it happened. Benzies insists that Rockstar willfully...

 
Hostile takeover
Remember when French conglomerate Vivendi gave up ownership in Activision Blizzard? You might struggle to remember the exact moment for a while -- three years is a long time -- but I assume you'll have a flash of realization ...   read

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Oh really?

Uh, those logos look awfully familiar, UCLA School of Law

Listen, I'm no attorney. I don't have a J.D. and I haven't passed the bar. But, I have played entirely too much Rock Band in my life -- enough to recognize four distinct logos. That's why, not-attorney as I may be, it doesn't seem righ...

 
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Fallout 3

Germany lifts Fallout 3 ban en route to re-release speculation

Germany banned Fallout 3 in 2009 over its violent content (it also missed India and, briefly, was under fire in Australia). Eventually a censored version was offered for German players, but the original, uncensored version is no longer bann...

 
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Lumberyard

Amazon's new game engine has a 'zombie clause'

Normally, the Amazon Web Services Terms of Service is an interminable slog of legalese and jargon, a veritable Dagobah-esque mire only decipherable by super ambitious law-school kids. And with the addition of Amazon's new Lumberyard game en...

 
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NBA 2K16

Tattoo studio sues Take-Two Interactive for $1,144,000

A tattoo studio is suing NBA 2K16 publisher Take-Two Interactive for $1,144,000. According to Hollywood Reporter (via Eurogamer), Solid Oak Sketches filed a copyright on Monday for the tattoos of eight different NBAers - including LeBr...

 
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Evil publisher fight

Ubisoft and EA clash over 'Ghost' trademark

Publishers Ubisoft and Electronic Arts are primed to go to war over the word "ghost." The former filed a Notice of Opposition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office this Friday, disputing a pair of trademark applications EA file...

 
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Let's Play

The USPTO updates refusal of Sony's 'Let's Play' trademark application

A few weeks ago, Sony tried to trademark the phrase ‘Let’s Play’. Seeing as it’s a ubiquitous term for commentated gameplay that’s been used since the Something Awful forums coined it back in 2007, it’s n...

 
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Microsoft

Xbox 360 disc-scratch lawsuit appeal referred to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will decide if Microsoft has a case to answer in regards to a class-action lawsuit that maintains Xbox 360 consoles were scratching discs as the result of a design defect. If this sounds familiar, it is - this is a case th...

 
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Jonas Savimbi

The family of an Angolan rebel is suing Activision for Black Ops 2

Jonas Savimbi played a pretty important role in Angola’s history. He regularly fought against the Portuguese, who had colonised the country, and then also fought against the new ruling political party, the MLPA, up until his death in ...

 
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Not my wife!

Man sues Bethesda over Fallout 4 addiction

Move over, Florida Man, we're getting intentional weirdos. According to the Russian-government-owned news publication RT, a Siberian man is suing Bethesda and its Russian localization crew over his addiction to Fallout 4, which cost him his...

 
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Shkreli schadenfreude

League of Legends team chairman and general villain arrested on fraud

It would be difficult to have avoided the name (and mousy little face) Martin Shkreli if you've been online recently. Shkreli, a pharmaceutical executive, made headlines after raising the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim by more than ...

 
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Nintendo

Nintendo successfully fends off another patent case against Wii U and 3DS

Nintendo's hardware seems to be a magnet for litigation. Everyone thinks the Wii U or the 3DS infringe on their patents, but Nintendo proves time and time again that they don't. The Japanese platform-holder has another successful defense to...

 
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Itagaki

Buy tickets to see Dead or Alive's Itagaki in court

I say "Dead or Alive's Itagaki" because perhaps you forgot about the brash Team Ninja head. You wouldn't be at fault. Since leaving Team Ninja in 2008 all he's managed to put out is Devil's Third, an incredibly poorly received Wii U game th...

 
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Carpenter told to sue

John Carpenter didn't sue Hideo Kojima because 'he's a nice guy'

John Carpenter (Ghosts of Mars; Gorgon, the Space Monster) recently talked to Hollywood Reporter about his successful plagiarism suit against French director Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional) whose recent film Lockout rips off Carp...

 
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UK Law

The new UK Consumer Rights Act guarantees digital refunds

The UK has some fairly decent consumer protection laws, compared to the nonsense I’ve heard happen in other countries. The only problem is that they could be fairly vague, and fighting for your rights often involved getting our hero D...

 
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Fair Use

American courts say companies must consider fair use when removing videos

Since 2007, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has been in a legal battle with Universal. Lenz v. Universal was filed because of Universal throwing a DMCA takedown notice on a family video of a child dancing to Prince’s Let’s Go...

 
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Pokemon Championships

Pokemon World Championship attempted shooting suspects denied bail

Last month, two armed men were arrested for allegedly threatening a mass shooting at the Pokémon World Championship. Now, Kevin Norton (18) and James Stumbo (27) have been denied bail, meaning they will be required to stay in jail fo...

 
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Shame, shame

FTC comes down on Machinima for 'deceptive' Xbox One marketing

In late 2013, around the time that the Xbox One launched, YouTube content creation group Machinima struck an advertising deal with Microsoft. The marketing campaign would feature videos from Machinima's network of influencers. More specific...

 
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Get 200 amiibo

Unofficial 'amiiqo' can save amiibo data without buying the toys

People are varying degrees of upset over Nintendo's not-unexpected decision to lock content -- even if it's mainly costumes and the like -- behind amiibo pairing. The "amiiqo" is an okay answer to these complaints. The completely unauthori...

 
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Pixels

Legitimate videos DMCA'd off Vimeo by Pixels movie copyright enforcers

Pixels was a bit of a train wreck, wasn’t it? It currently sits at a meager 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the general consensus on the film is people would rather pour salt into a papercut in their eyeball than have to watch it again. P...

 
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Gameboy Advance Emulator

Nintendo pulls browser-based GBA emulator

Nintendo have put an end to a browser-based Gameboy Advance Emulator. The emulator didn’t actually have a name, but instead was a Github page that hosted many Javascript versions of popular GBA games such as Pokemon Emerald and Advanc...

 
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Desura

Desura owner Bad JuJu files for bankruptcy

A couple of weeks ago, it came to light that digital distributor Desura, and its indie bundle site Indie Royale, has been failing to pay developers on its platforms. Well, it looks like they might not be getting that money at all now, ...

 
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Don't get cocky

Expensive dick moderation helped kill the last LEGO MMO

Someone think about the children! Like my own personal brand, LEGO is a family-friendly, name-stealing company. And so the open-ended, Minecraft-like builder LEGO Worlds has some problem what with immature idiots' propensity to build cock. ...

 
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Oculus

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey accused of fraud

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” against Luckey for...

 
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BBC Drama

Rockstar Games is suing the BBC

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 conflict between Roc...

 

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Associate Editor for Destructoid UK. Has a, quite frankly, disturbingly large collection of Monsters Inc. merchandise that nobody ever seems to ask him about. Still, he's mostly harmless. --- ...

 

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Ive been sick and trapped in How have you been lovely readers?

 
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Thinking about what to game to get to test-drive out the new graphics card when it suggestions?

 
StriderHoang

Space Patrol Luluco is a OVER JUSTICE! JUSTICE IS OVER! OVER JUDGEMENT GUN MORPHING! FIRE FROM FIRE!

 
Parismio

Ok yknow what screw Im saving anri!

 
Nekrosys

Going to be honest; after playing around a little more with Star Fox Zero, I actually find myself both adjusting to and liking the control The tutorial was kind of crap, but the game itself is nowhere near as bad as some of the reviews have

 
jak2364

Tfw Valve still gives you a refund even though you went over 2 hours played on a buggy piece of

 
WryGuy

That awkward, awkward moment when you realize you should not let your neighbor ever find out youre half

 
Ein on Shrooms

Why is resting bitch face such a turn on? (Plus so is Aubrey

 
OverlordZetta

Ive officially had enough internet for the

 
AvtrSpirit

Im And Im just really feeling the transformative powers of Sure, in real life Im not all But right now Im a super hot Ghost killing newbs in Heroes of the I rock!

 
Dreamweaver

I did it! I finally killed that bastard Pontiff in Dark Souls III! Admittedly it took me over two dozen tries, and I think I got extremely lucky near the end when he didnt attack me much, but I solod it at SL 41 with only +2 weapons, no shields! Yay! :D

 
OverlordZetta

Panty and Stocking aired in Six years I swear it doesnt feel like its been that Guys, I think I need to lie down for a Have some expletives while I contemplate my

 
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hlarge4

Alienation is a fun time, yall

 
Parismio

Mmmm Yes! Quality

 
KingSigy

I forgot how fucking awesome DJ Hero I still cant quite 5 star all the songs on Expert in the first game, but I always preferred the

 
Gundy

I hate training new Not because I think its a pain, but because my job is 90% There is almost nothing to train the new guys in until they get the permissions to use the ordering

 
Torchman

Real talk Do want to write an Ask Me Anything blog, to help boredom during the Although I may ignore touchy LEAVE YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE

 
Parismio

Fuck you Pontiff! Now for that other boss in the Hope I can stil

 
Samsneeze

Actual footage from Hoshido mere moments

 
DSBrad

Anyone still playing Guitar Hero Live out there? Is there anyway to get leaderboards to load Take a good 10-15 seconds on each song to see them for me on

 
Fuzunga

Ill be honest, Im not really into cat I just already happened to like Blake and then it turned out that she had cat Thats how they get you, I

 
jak2364

TFW a Steam game works perfectly right up until the refund period expires, then decides to start fucking Fuck you Black Ops

 
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Nathan D

My bladed princess is doing quite I freaking love the

 
Inquisitive Ravenclaw

done! I tried something different with the hair highlight shimmies and the foot Ill probably upload this again when more people are on, but for does it look?

 
Sir Shenanigans

Want to watch Akira again, but I realize I actually have to get cracking on this Nioh demo if I want to unlock that Its

 
StriderHoang

I just got the Templar asterisk in Bravely Second but still have no idea what kind of synergy I can utilize for the Kaiser

 
lewness

Sunbro-ing Ancient Wyverns so much fun: You run, I hit Wait, 2 guys drop down here No, this way! STAY HERE, Ill kite the big guy away from the fire projectile I even rest at the plunging platform and make him/her do the honors while I watch

 
Jonathan Holmes

All you catgirl fans will be happy in a couple months

 

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