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Interceptor Entertainment investors have acquired Apogee/3D Realms

The Triad returns to nest and buys the tree
Mar 03
// Conrad Zimmerman
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&...
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Neo Geo X Gold dispute

Neo Geo X maker calls SNK Playmore a bully

The plot thickens
Jan 11
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Nintendo obtains IA Labs' patents in sheriff's sale

Lawsuits ain't cheap
Jan 09
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Blizzard wins lawsuit

Blizzard wins $7M in bot suit settlement

Seems the lawyers didn't bot-ch it...
Oct 22
// Steven Hansen
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...
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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
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Gearbox lawsuit

3D Realms drops its Duke Nukem lawsuit against Gearbox

One down, Colonial Marines to go
Sep 13
// Brett Makedonski
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 ...
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Nintendo vs. flashcarts

Nintendo files suit against Florida flashcart distributor

Not in my house!
Aug 07
// Tony Ponce
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...
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EA loses lawsuit

Boom! EA loses $11 million Madden lawsuit

Boom! Tough actin' litigation
Jul 24
// Steven Hansen
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 ...
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Viacom loses $300-million lawsuit against Harmonix

Dollar dollar bills, ya'll
Jul 17
// Abel Girmay
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...
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THQ's liquidation plans get court approval

And it just keeps going
Jul 17
// Abel Girmay
At a hearing held in Wilmington, Delaware, THQ was granted final approval for its liquidation approval plan, effectively marking the end of the publisher's bankruptcy case. Most of you will remember that the defunct publisher...
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Wii U

Nintendo loses legal claim to domain name

Not exactly the cyber-squatting case some thought it would be
Jul 02
// Abel Girmay
After filing a formal complaint with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center to gain ownership of the domain name, an official ruling has been handed down in favor of Andy Tran, the current owner of the domain name...

Man chooses month of prison over month of Xbox games

Console wars definitively over
Jun 06
// Jim Sterling
A New Zealand young offender has chosen to spend the final month of his house arrest term in a real prison, rather than spend another four weeks trapped in his home with his emotionally crippling Xbox system. He was so sick o...

Nintendo is claiming ownership of Let's Play videos

May 15 // Tony Ponce
Over on GameFront, a Nintendo rep explains that as part of its push into social media, the company registered copyrighted content in the YouTube database. "For most fan videos this will not result in any changes," the rep explains, "however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. "We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property." See? You can still produce anything you like! Nintendo will just keep the money you ought to be earning for itself. That is unbelievably ballsy. The only videos being claimed thus far are recent releases -- Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Mario Kart 7. Nintendo is specifically targeting newer titles still in wide availability. If the company was genuinely concerned about such content sharing, it should be going after everyone. By being so selective, it's almost as though Nintendo feels threatened that people would watch these then decide they don't need to buy the game anymore. Non-interactive footage is hardly a valid substitute for hands-on play, so any suggestion to the contrary is absurd. There is a silver lining, though. It seems that Nintendo genuinely wants fans to continue making LPs and related content without fear of serious repercussions. These content claims suddenly appeared out of nowhere and caught people off guard; I merely hope these LPers and Nintendo can sort this mess soon. Nintendo is mass "claiming" gameplay videos on YouTube [reddit]Nintendo Flexing Copyright Clout on YouTube Let’s Play Channels [GameFront]
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Time to collect the Mario tax!
The last time we heard about a major game publisher slapping the wrists of innocent YouTube channel operators, it was SEGA forcing the removal of videos that so much as breathed word of the Shining Force series. Whatever reas...


Biden: No legal reason why 'violent' games can't be taxed

Vice President tells Reverend Asshole that'd be just fine
May 14
// Jim Sterling
Vice President Joe Biden recently had a meeting with religious leaders to discuss gun control, and violent media was discussed. God forbid we don't obfuscate the gun discussion with more demented strawmen.  Reverend Fran...

Jimquisition: Lawsuits, Memes, and Tasty Medicine

Jimquisition happens every Monday!
May 06
// Jim Sterling
Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are facing a lawsuit over the inclusion of Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat in Scribblenauts. Preposterous, you say? Greedy, are the meme makers? I say well done them! It's absolutely about time Warne...

Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers

Studio lashes back at 'frivolous litigation'
May 03
// Jim Sterling
Both Gearbox and SEGA have responded to a class action suit that alleges customers were lied to during the development of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Both companies are happy to defend themselves and seem unswayed by the threat...

Warner Bros. sued over memes in Scribblenauts? Okay!

Thief-hating company accused of theft
May 02
// Jim Sterling
Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are being slapped with a lawsuit (story via NeoGAF) over the inclusion of a pair of Internet memes in Scribblenauts Unlimited. Both the infamous Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat can be summoned into th...

Aliens: Colonial Marines gets class action suit for lies

Gearbox and SEGA targeted for misleading advertising
May 01
// Jim Sterling
SEGA and Gearbox have been slapped with a class action suit for Aliens: Colonial Marines, accused of lying about the game to get it sold. It was only a matter of time.  Edelson LLC has taken the case, which alleges that ...
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Tim Langdell's EDGE trademark claim finally quashed

Langdell was in dispute with EA, Future Publishing, and more
Apr 22
// Alasdair Duncan
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...
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No One Lives Forever

No one knows who owns No One Lives Forever

That headline could've been much more confusing
Apr 08
// Alasdair Duncan
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...

Ex-Nintendo chairman Howard Lincoln had big brass balls

Mar 17 // Tony Ponce
If you've ever read David Sheff's Game Over, you would already be familiar with some of Lincoln's earliest success stories. One such tale was how Lincoln got revenge against Tengen and Atari Games for their unlicensed version of Tetris on the NES. Tengen had originally sued Nintendo for refusing to allow Tetris on home consoles. Lincoln noticed a loophole in Tengen's licensing terms with Tetris property holder Mirrorsoft, which he exploited in order to "steal" the rights to publish Tetris on consoles and handhelds, thereby forcing Tengen to recall all copies of its version already on shelves. Lincoln's thoughts on the situation? "We knew we had those bastards by the balls. We knew we were going to make a fortune on this product and they, in turn, were going to get kicked in the head." [embed]248932:47619:0[/embed] During the videogame violence Senate hearings -- sparked in part by the 1992's Mortal Kombat and resulting in the formation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board -- Lincoln took the opportunity to deflect focus away from Nintendo and onto SEGA and retailers that stocked SEGA product. In the above video clip, he held up the infamous SEGA CD title Night Trap as an example of an adult game directly sold to youths. SEGA was furious that Lincoln would be so petty and self-serving during a period when the entire industry needed to band together. Lincoln was not bothered, and he even wrote a poem directed towards then-SEGA president Tom Kalinske: "Dear Tom, Roses are red, violets are blue, so you had a bad day, boo hoo hoo hoo. All my best, Howard." When not getting on people's bad side, Lincoln was strengthening relationships with other third parties. He saw great potential in certain teams to provide the kind of Western software that Nintendo couldn't develop on its own, which led to partnerships with Rareware, Retro Studios, Silicon Nights, LucasArts, and DMA Design (now known as Rockstar North). He even convinced Electronic Arts to publish sports games on the N64. In case you've forgotten, EA had long been nervously opposed to developing on Nintendo hardware; in fact, EA sports titles were one of the big bullet points the Genesis initially had over the SNES. Lincoln would step down as chairman in 2000, and most of the other major players of Nintendo's "old guard" -- first NoA president Minoru Arakawa, executive VP Peter Main, and global Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi -- departed by 2002. Many of Lincoln and old-school NoA's accomplishments have since dissolved, resulting in the different we see Nintendo today. Ms. Rogers strongly implies that the current management is to blame for all those partnerships going the wayside, but I personally think Nintendo was forced to change. It's a shame that Nintendo lost excellent talent, but you have to remember that the company wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders at the start of the century. That was a different age, and Nintendo couldn't be the rampaging bull it once was in this new generation. Nonetheless, we could use another guy like Howard Lincoln at the helm, someone who actively courts Western studios in a bid to expand Nintendo's library and actually succeed. Especially in the wake on publishers' continued refusal to bring any of their upcoming software to the Wii U, a little of the 80s shark mentality couldn't hurt. Howard Lincoln: Kicking Ass Before Reggie Came Along [Not Enough Shaders via NeoGAF]
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Nintendo of America used to be cutthroat and vengeful
The Nintendo of today is known for being quiet and humble, making conservative decisions, and doing its best not to intentionally piss potential third-party partners off. Most of the complaints directed at Nintendo's current ...

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38 Studios lawsuit

Schilling looking to dismiss lawsuit over 38 Studios loan

State was aware of situation but didn't act
Mar 05
// Kyle MacGregor
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
// Niero Desu
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...
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Dead Space 3 thievery

Attorney: Dead Space 3 resource exploit might be theft

IP expert likens resource farming to stealing
Feb 11
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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My Little Pony 'Fighting is Magic' fan game has ceased

...and desisted, while they were at it
Feb 09
// Conrad Zimmerman
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
// 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...

EA joins HRC coalition to repeal Defense of Marriage Act

Publisher does a good turn for gay rights
Jan 29
// Jim Sterling
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...

Congress representatives proposing multiple gaming bills

Jan 18 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
Missouri representative Diane Franklin is proposing a violent videogames sales tax to counter the sale of violent games. She's calling for a one-percent sales tax in Missouri on any game that has received a Teen, Mature, or Adult Only rating from the ESRB. Digital Trends went to Amazon's Best Seller list to dig up what Teen rated games could face this tax increase in Missouri and boy there are some super violent games here! You Don't Know Jack, Forza Horizon, Dance Central 3 -- Won't someone think of the children?! Both proposed laws are unlikely to succeed, given past attempts and especially how Diane Franklin has no clue what's she trying to do. House bill proposes fines on retail games without ESRB ratings, prohibition of some sales to minors [Joystiq]Missouri proposes tax on violent video games like Dance Central 3 [Digital Trends]
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Tighter restrictions and even adding extra taxes
And so it begins. Hot off the heels of Joe Biden meeting with the videogame industry and President Obama asking for research into the effects of violent gaming on young minds comes two bills that have been proposed to congres...

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Arma devs released

Arma devs freed on bail after 130 days in prison

Charges still stand against Bohemia pair
Jan 17
// Alasdair Duncan
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...
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2 Legit 2 Quit

The Mario Brothers expand their plumbing business in SF

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

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