Category Archives: Legalities
Thu, Dec 05, 2013 | 21:10 GMT
Microsoft’s corporate affairs executive, Brad Smith, has said he and the compare are “especially alarmed” by recent allegations of a “concerted effort by some governments to circumvent online security measures.” Smith said Microsoft will do everything in its power to make sure customer data remains safe from prying eyes.
Thu, Dec 05, 2013 | 20:28 GMT
A US Bankruptcy Court judge has approved Atari’s plan to pay back creditors and move out of bankruptcy, The Wall Street Journal reports. The firm filed for Chapter 11 back in January, and a proposal – with agreements from its creditors – will allow the firm to pay what it owes over the course of the next three years. Atari will pay out less than the $10.3 million owed, with some creditors receiving the full note due and others a smaller amount. Atari had originally planned to sell its catalog to pay off it debits, but only 15 bids were placed – all of which were refused. It then started selling parcels off with some failing to be bid upon; however, Wargaming grabbed up the Masters of Orion and Total Annihilation IPs, Stardock won the rights to the Star Control series, and Rebellion Interactive purchased Battlezone and Moonbase Commander. Thanks, GI International.
Wed, Dec 04, 2013 | 23:35 GMT
League of Legends players who sign on to professionally in Season Four are contractually obliged not to livestream gameplay sessions of competing products.
Mon, Dec 02, 2013 | 00:58 GMT
Lindsay Lohan is said to have called her legal eagles in over the alleged unauthorised use of her likeness in Grand Theft Auto 5.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 | 22:06 GMT
Curt Schilling, former head of 38 Stuios, believes that the company which purchases the Kingdoms of Amalur IP in the upcoming auction, will have a “billion dollar” franchise on its hands.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 | 02:42 GMT
A report on the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has detailed the gaming habits of the perpetrator, but did not draw any links with his appalling actions.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 | 23:45 GMT
Turbine has agreed to license technology from Treehouse, a Canadian company which sued the MMO developer for patent infringement.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 | 01:55 GMT
The NCAA is filed a lawsuit against EA over a settlement designed to end an ongoing class action lawsuit over the alleged use of player likenesses in the publisher’s college football series.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 | 05:17 GMT
US eSports organisation ESEA has agreed to a $1 million settlement over malware hidden in its client by a couple of rogue employees.
Thu, Nov 07, 2013 | 11:39 GMT
The Australian Classification Review Board has opted to re-appraise the age ratings of 12 titles, following concerns flagged up by South Australian attorney general John Rau. He reckons the board hasn’t been strict enough when classifying such games as The Walking Dead and Splinter Cell: Blacklist.
Mon, Nov 04, 2013 | 23:58 GMT
Checks are in the mail to the claimants in Electronic Arts’ football monopoly class-action lawsuit, in which the company settled out of court to pay $27 million in lawyers fees and payouts to users. To users who submitted their claim prior to May 15th these year, $20 were awarded for every copy of Madden or NCAA Football they bought last generation and another $5 for each copy of Madden purchased on a current gen system.
Mon, Nov 04, 2013 | 08:59 GMT
Zynga has fended off Scrabble manufacturer Mattel over the name ‘Scramble With Friends.’ The name of the tile-based word app was said to veer too close to Mattel’s board game, but a high court judge has ruled in favour of the social game company, although it must now change the game’s logo.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 | 22:07 BST
Depositions in the 38 Studios lawsuit brought upon the company by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) stated this week. The first set of questioning started Thursday with an executive at First Southwest, which served as financial adviser to the agency in its $75 million loan to Curt Schilling’s now defunct game studio. Former EDC executive director Keith Stokes and deputy director Michael Saul are set to be questioned in November. A lawsuit accusing the Kingdoms of Amalur developer of “fraud, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, racketeering and conspiracy” as well as misleading Rhode Island’s economic development agency was brought against the company by the state, with other defendants including four former 38 Studios executives and its insurer. Via The Charlotte Observer (Polygon).
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 | 02:58 BST
Only a week after Blizzard revealed Heroes of the Storm to be the new name of its contender to the MOBA throne (previously titled Blizzard DOTA and Blizzard All-Stars) a Finnish board game designer whose game “Myrskyn sankarit” translates to “Heroes of the Storm” has suggested Blizzard might have to change the game’s name one more time. More after the cut.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 | 20:50 BST
Blizzard has won another lawsuit against creators of bot programs developed to run with World of Warcraft. The latest legal battle lasted two years and was between the MMO developer and Ceiling Fan Software, which is now facing a $7 million judgment and ordered to cease operating – as you can see through the official website. In 2011 Blizzard won a lawsuit against the maker of Glider, one of the biggest and most notorious bot software programs of its time, which resulted in the company walking away with all of the trademarks associated with the program. More through WoW Insider.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 | 19:21 BST
Grand Theft Auto 5 features two songs by rapper Daz Dillinger, and he’s not happy about it. He has sent Rockstar a cease and desist letter demanding that all copies of the title be recalled.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 | 20:36 BST
Activision Blizzard Vivendi buy out injunction lifted, firm expects to complete transaction by October 15
Activision Blizzard has said it expects to complete its stock buyout transaction with with Vivendi by October 15.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 | 17:16 BST
Foxconn admits to overworking students on PS4 assembly line, “immediate action” taken to bring campus to “full compliance”
Chinese manufacturer Foxconn has been forcing labor on “thousands of students from an IT engineering program at the Xi’an Institute of Technology” as part the factory’s PS4 manufacturing operation, according reports out of China.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 | 01:29 BST
Wed, Oct 09, 2013 | 14:30 BST
PS4 pre-order customers who placed orders via UK retailer SimplyGames were told they had to pay more to secure their console at launch, sparking a wave of investigation and backlash. Britain’s consumer legislation firm Trading Standards has deemed the ransom unlawful.