News of the Week; March 25, 2016

GAMES Seggie v. Roofdog Games Inc.: Who is the Author of Videogame Software for Copyright Purposes? Former Valve employee alleges unfair treatment and unethical practices, seeks $3.1 million in damages Take-Two Says Tattoo Artist Can’t Get Statutory Damages Because He Only Registered Copyright In 2015 Paradox removes “White Humans” Stellaris mod: “We expect our modders […]

News of the Week; May 18, 2016

GAMES ‘NBA 2K’ Videogame Maker Fights Lawsuit Over Copyrighted Tattoos ESL forms World Esports Association to professionalize and regulate eSports WESA grilled about potentially flawed eSports regulatory practices: “If we’re seen as legitimate as the NFL, we’re happy. We probably don’t have the same standards as you have.” Blizzard and Twitch pledge to fight racism […]

News of the Week; May 11, 2016

GAMES Copyright Law Does Not Protect Structure and Game Play of Card Game  DaVinci Editrice S.r.l. v. Ziko Games, LLC et al, No. 4:2013cv03415 – Document 44 (S.D. Tex. 2014) Nintendo staves off latest in conga line of patent lawsuits Game Developer Forced To Change Game’s Name Because ‘Wasteland’ Is A Trademark, Apparently Disney Infinity shuts […]

News of the Week; May 4, 2016

GAMES inXile legal challenge forces indie dev to rebrand game: The Alien Wasteland now called Action Alien following cease and desist letter over “Wasteland” trademark Steam’s Sega Genesis mods: Tweaks, translations, and copyright infringement – New Steam Workshop support allows for uploading of arbitrary ROMs. Blizzard agrees to meet with team behind shut-down “pirate server”: […]

News of the Week; April 27, 2016

GAMES Korean authorities arrest 8 forStarCraft II match-fixing 1666: Amsterdam legal battle ends – Patrice Désilets to obtain rights to 1666 Amsterdam from Ubisoft Blizzard finally breaks silence over Nostalrius’ closure Blizzard: Allowing pirate WoW servers would “damage [our] rights” – “Tremendous operational challenges” to setting up official “classic” servers. Ex-Game Maker Atari To Argue To The US […]

News of the Week; April 20, 2016

GAMES Ark dev settles lawsuit over game’s origins and staff Sega embraces legal console game modding with new Genesis PC emulation hub: Steamworks integration allows for legit distribution of modified console classics. The Mess That Came After Nintendo Fired An Employee This horrifying and newly trendy online-harassment tactic is ruining careers Sexual harassment in online videogames: […]

News of the Week; April 13, 2016

GAMES Leslie Benzies suing Rockstar over $150 million: Key GTA developer accuses publisher, Houser brothers of forcing him from company, withholding royalties Take-Two sued by former Rockstar North president for $150 million in unpaid royalties Rockstar: Benzies’ claims “downright bizarre” Grand Theft Auto devs planned to leave Take-Two: Leslie Benzies lawsuit says he and the […]

News of the Week; April 6, 2016

GAMES Valve misled Australian consumers, says court: Valve found to be in violation of Australian consumer law because Steam didn’t have a refund policy Nintendo denies bowing to GamerGate pressure in employee firing: Former staffer Alison Rapp was the subject of intense online harassment in the month preceding her dismissal Studio cancels Wii U game […]

News of the Week; March 30, 2016

GAMES Trendy sues Studio Wildcard over origins of Ark: Survival Evolved – Former creative director Jeremy Stieglitz violated non-compete and non-interference clauses, says Dungeon Defenders dev Dev explains why he copyright claimed ‘That Dragon, Cancer’ Let’s Plays That Dragon, Cancer dev says Let’s Play videos took away sales Sim racing enthusiasts ordered to take down […]

News of the Week; March 23, 2016

GAMES Supreme Court punts in 1st AmendmentMadden NFL legal fight: EA said it was being wrongly punished because its virtual gridiron looked too real. Supreme Court rejects EA defense in Madden suit: Lawsuit brought by former pros used in games without permission can now proceed as publisher faces familiar setback Xbox chief: “We justly deserve the […]