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 […]

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 […]