News of the Week; July 20, 2016

GAMES Valve lawyers send cease-and-desist letters to Counter-Strike gambling sites: CSGOLotto, CSGOLounge among those told to cease “commercial use” of Steam accounts. Valve calls on 23 Counter-Strike gambling hubs to cease & desist 23 Skin Gambling Sites, Spanning Casino And Sports Betting, Targeted With Cease And Desist From Valve Are ‘Provably Fair’ CS:GO Skin Gambling Sites As Fair And […]

News of the Week; July 13, 2016

GAMES The history of video games in court Checking In: Blizzard Still Suing Hack/Cheat Makers For Copyright Infringement? Yup! Pokemon GO’s launch was an unqualified success – almost Nintendo shares up as Pokemon Go heads toward global launch Location, location, location: Pokémon GO’s unique strength and biggest problem: Niantic eyes sponsored locations just as the complaints […]

News of the Week; July 6, 2016

GAMES Blizzard ups the ante against Overwatchcheats by filing lawsuit: Hostilities reopen between Blizzard and longtime rivals Bossland. Blizzard files suit for copyright infringement against Overwatch hack developer YouTubers under fire for promoting their own CS:GO gambling site in videos: Syndicate and TmarTn promoted CSGO Lotto, but didn’t disclose that they own it. Prominent YouTubers revealed as owners of […]

News of the Week; June 29, 2016

GAMES Sony Settlement Gives PS3 Owners $9 After Company Made Console Less Useful Via Firmware Update Optimistic about VR and games, Sony raises its earnings forecast Counter-Strike Player Sues Valve Over ‘Illegal’ Weapon Skin Gambling Lawsuit Against Valve Over Skin Gambling Could Face Significant Hurdles EA Sports won’t be beaten at its own game – Escaping […]

News of the Week; June 22, 2016

GAMES Sony settling PS3 Other OS suit: Six-year court battle over removal of Linux installation option to end with payouts of up to $55 per affected owner Sony agrees to pay millions to gamers to settle PS3 Linux debacle: As many as 10 million PS3 console owners will be eligible for payment. No Man’s Sky […]

News of the Week; June 15, 2016

GAMES Riot uses LoL chatlogs to weed out toxic employees League of Legends admits to using chat-log analysis in employee reviews: Toxicity analysis looks for context, such as “using their [developer] authority.” Game publishers treading carefully at E3 in wake of Orlando tragedy The Division dev upgrades to permanent bans for first-time cheaters No more Mr. Nice […]

News of the Week; June 8, 2016

GAMES Fan-Made Star Wars Battlefront 3 Remake Approved For Steam – Don’t call it a comeback.: Fans have been working on a remake of the unreleased Star Wars Battlefront III, and it looks like it’s going to be released on Steam. The Paid Mods Question Maxis does away with gender boundaries in latest Sims 4update Maxis […]

News of the Week; June 1, 2016

GAMES Texas court affirms game mechanics not protected under copyright law How and why a group of modders have kept NHL 2004 on PC alive Twitch streamers can now create and share 30-second clips of your game GOG Connect will let users import select Steam games Online Harassment and Trolling in Virtual Spaces No Man’s […]

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 […]