Category Archives: Legalities
Tue, Oct 08, 2013 | 06:16 BST
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 | 02:44 GMT
Former RIEDC head accuses Rhode Island governor of blocking 38 Studios’ attempts to avoid bankruptcy
The former head of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has accused Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee of blocking attempts made by 38 Studios to handle debt and raise capital before it file for bankruptcy.
Sat, Oct 05, 2013 | 21:25 BST
Lawyers in the class-action lawsuit over EA using college players likeness in its NCAA Football games have said they never intended for the company to stop making the games.
Sat, Oct 05, 2013 | 20:52 BST
Activision has announced it’s filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Worlds Inc. and Worlds Online Inc., with the US District Court in the Central District of California. The suit claims that Worlds has “infringed, and continues to infringe, US Patent No. 6,014,145″ which covers: “navigation with optimum viewpoints in three-dimensional workspace interactive displays having three-dimensional objects with collision barriers.” The lawsuit also covers US Patent No. 5,883,628 covering “Climability: property for objects in 3-D virtual environments.” The contested product is software distributed by Worlds called “Worlds Player.”
Worlds Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Activision-Blizzard and Activision Publishing back in March 2012 claiming World of Warcraft and Call of Duty violated its patent. The case is still pending with the US District Court in the District of Massachusetts.
Wed, Oct 02, 2013 | 12:27 BST
Grand Theft Auto 5 was snapped in the hands of an under-age kid last week, prompting the usual wave of tabloid witch-hunting and claims that age-rating body PEGI wasn’t doing enough to safeguard the nation’s youth. The group has now responded.
Tue, Oct 01, 2013 | 09:48 BST
Sony has trademarked “Psygnosis”, as in the former Liverpool-based studio that created the WipEout series. We’ve no idea what it means, but you can check out the filing here.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 | 06:24 BST
Although it must be approved in court, a settlement has been agreed upon by EA and a team of attorneys suing the publisher over the use of player likeness in the NCAA series.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 | 20:36 BST
A sexual harassment suit brought against Stardock and a counter suit against the plaintiff by the game developer have both been dropped.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 | 06:31 BST
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 | 10:21 BST
The state of Rhode Island is set to auction the Kingdoms of Amalur IP via a website that’ll be offering its 38 Studios’ general assets.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 | 04:47 BST
The Delaware Chancery Court has issued an injunction preventing Activision Blizzard and Vivendi from closing a deal that would see the twin publisher go independent of its French overlord.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 | 00:07 BST
Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive has outlined its policies regarding user videos of Grand Theft Auto 5, if you’re keen to avoid a takedown notice.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 | 21:23 BST
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 | 17:22 BST
Nintendo has announced it has a won a patent infringement case brought against it by Creative Kingdoms through the International Trade Commission. The commission found that Wii and Wii U did not infringe upon Creative Kingdoms’ patents, and found that patents from the latter were also invalid. “We are pleased with the commission’s determination,” said Richard Medway, NoA’s deputy general counsel. “Nintendo’s track record demonstrates that we vigorously defend patent lawsuits when we believe we have not infringed another party’s patent.”
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 | 05:52 BST
Alan Patmore, Zynga’s former general manager has admitted to stealing Zynga’s trade secrets when he joined the social giant’s rival Kixeye in 2012. The vice president reached a settlement with Zynga, who had sued him for data theft. Kixeye, the company Patmore went to work for entered the case on Patmore’s side and alledged that the suit was actually an elaborate way of Zynga obtaining access to their corporate secrets.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 | 23:52 BST
Dead Rising 3 has become one of the first games to receive the Australian Classification Board’s elusive R18+ ratings, ostensibly due to its “high impact” violence and gore, “strong impact” sex and “moderate impact” nudity. Which are all considered safer that Saint’s Row 4′s alien drug use and anal probe gun, which were just too salacious for us down under. Saints Row 4 only just released a few days ago here due to the cut necessary.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 | 13:55 BST
Activision Blizzard is being sued by a shareholder in order to stop the company and the investment group headed by CEO Bobby Kotick and Brian Kelly from buying back stock in the firm
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 | 01:29 BST
PATAPON-Seige of WOW! is an audacious, copyright infringing and kinda impressive looking Patapon clone for iOS
Everyone’s favourite iOS developer and notedly not the developer of Sony’s cult classic series Patapon, BEIJING Q&D TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD has just released PATAPON-Siege of WOW!, and let me tell you, WOW is right. Check out some legitimately nice looking, rainbow coloured screenshots and some intensely poorly auto translated text after the jump. This is pure gold.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 | 17:22 BST
The SEC is investigating the $75-million taxpayer-backed loan given to Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
Sat, Sep 07, 2013 | 16:12 BST
Microsoft has been awarded $14 million in damages after a jury in Seattle this week found Motorola broke agreements with standard-setting bodies “to license certain patents at a fair and reasonable rate.”