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Jim Sterling prevails in his lawsuit with Digital Homicide

[Disclosure: Jim Sterling is a former reviews editor at Destructoid.] Almost a year ago, we found out that Jim Sterling was being sued by indie developer James Romine on behalf of his studio Digital Homicide for damages in excess of $10.7 m...   read

 
 
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(Update) Jury awards ZeniMax $500 million in lawsuit with Oculus

After almost three days of deliberation, a Dallas jury has reached a decision based on three weeks of testimony. The jury awarded ZeniMax half a billion dollars because it concluded that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey violated a non-disclo...   read

 
 
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So, what are the main takeaways from the legal battle between Australia and Valve?

Two years ago, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) launched a legal challenge against Valve over its treatment of Australian users of its Steam service between the dates of January 1, 2011 and August 28, 2014 (whe...   read

 
 
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Valve may have to pay up to $3 million for violating the Australian Consumer Law

Back in March, the Australian Federal Court found Valve guilty for several breaches of the Australian Consumer Law in a case that was initially brought forth in 2014 by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The rational...   read

 
 
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Five Ubisoft executives have been accused of insider trading

Some Ubisoft executives have found themselves in a precarious position after a French stock market regulation committee has accused them of insider trading. Now they're left to prove that they didn't offload company shares with knowledge th...   read

 
 
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Valve is in hot water with Washington State over skin gambling

The Washington State Gambling Commission notified Valve Corporation today that it "must immediately stop allowing the transfer of virtual weapons known as 'skins' for gambling purposes through the company's Steam platform." The notice comes...   read

 
 
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Overwatch players may have a case in summer Loot Box snafu

A few days ago, we reported on how Blizzard was caught changing the description of its microtransaction Loot Box system in Overwatch. Turns out, one Battle.net user actually inquired about the legality of the swapped terms. The result doesn...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Uranium 'more alive than ever' despite Nintendo's takedown

A story in two headlines: Fan-made Pokemon: Uranium finally releases after nine years, August 11. Nintendo drops the hammer on Pokemon Uranium, August 13. Yes, Nintendo put the kibosh on the years-in-the-making, not-for-profit fan project q...   read

 
 
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No criminal charges to be filed in 38 Studios case

No charges will be filed against Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning company 38 Studios or former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation officials, the state's Attorney General Peter Kilman and State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnel announce...   read

 
 
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Shoot the dog! A fan remade the original Duck Hunt in virtual reality

Imagine playing the original Duck Hunt, but this time the ducks can zip to the left and far right of you and escape into the bushes behind! Some random guy just built that. You can play it today. Sooner or later Nintendo is going to give us...   read

 
 


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Overwatch porn creators that rip the game's assets are getting notices of copyright infringement

Earlier this month, virginal, never-touched-a-porn-before Steven Hansen let everyone know that Overwatch porn searches were up 817%. Some of the creators of the sexual imagery are being hit with takedowns for alleged copyright infringe...   read

 
 
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Ex-employee sues Valve for $3.1m in damages

A former translator for Valve is suing the company for $3.1m. As reported by Polygon, the suit — filed in April — seeks $1m for general damages, a further $1m for loss of earnings, another $1m for special damages, and an extra $...   read

 
 
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Vivendi

Vivendi comically buys more stake in Ubisoft, but don't call it a takeover

Ubisoft has built a nice little empire for itself, but that empire is in danger if parent company Vivendi keeps on buying up stock in it. Back in 2015 the latter owned 6% of the former. That was raised to 15% in 2016, and Ubisoft found...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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 ...   read

 
 
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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 ...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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Hostile takeover

Ubisoft prepares to defend itself from Vivendi 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 once you rememb...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
 



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