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  • Blog Post: Retailer Scam Re-Sells Humble Bundle Games, Reaps Profit Off Charity

    Services like Humble Bundle offer a pay-what-you-want service that is beneficial for developers, charities, and consumers. We’ve discovered that the PC games digital distributor 7 Entertainment and other sites are taking advantage of this generosity and obtaining Steam keys from Humble Bundles... More
  • Blog Post: European Commission Investigating Marketing Of Free-To-Play Games

    The European Union’s executive branch is meeting with large technology companies to discuss the the impact and regulation of free-to-play games . The concern stems in part from the way in-app purchases are communicated to users, with children particularly at risk. The Commission will be speaking... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Secures Dismissal Of Stock Manipulation Lawsuit

    A lawsuit against Zynga alleging manipulation of share value has been dismissed by a federal court. The suit brought by shareholders alleged that Zynga executives committed fraud, misleading investors in advance of its December 2011 initial public offering. U.S. district judge Jeffrey White made his... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Dogs Trademark Reinstated After Fraudulent Abandonment

    Earlier this week, we reported that a one of six Watch Dogs trademarks held by Ubisoft had allegedly been abandoned . After speaking with Ubisoft, we were able to report definitively that the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s report had no bearing on the game’s development and that... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Angry Birds Among Apps Vulnerable To Government Data Collection

    A new report indicates that the National Security Agency has created means to collect personal data by using smartphone applications. Angry Birds is allegedly one of the programs that has been specifically targeted. The New York Times reports that government agencies can learn much from the data, including... More
  • Blog Post: King.com Takes Down Cloned Game

    Yesterday, we reported about an independent developer’s allegations that King.com had cloned his game . At that time, we reached out to King.com for comment, inquiring about the company’s actions related to its recent assertion of its own intellectual property rights. “King does not... More
  • Blog Post: Court Overturns Ruling In Madden Creator’s Case Against EA

    Electronic Arts has scored a legal victory in its defense against John Madden Football creator Robin Antonick. Last July, Antonick was awarded more than $11 million in damages on his claim that EA had used his intellectual property without permission . Yesterday, U.S. district judge Charles Breyer overturned... More
  • Blog Post: Stoic Confirms Sequel To The Banner Saga In Retort To King.com Trademark Crush

    The Banner Saga has just been released, but it seems Stoic is interested in releasing a sequel. Yesterday we reported that King.com has opposed Stoic’s attempt to trademark The Banner Saga . Today sees a comment from King.com on the matter and a reply from Stoic. In a statement to GamesBeat, King... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Microsoft And Machinima Respond To Concerns Over Advertising

    Update: Microsoft has provided us with an additional comment regarding the sponsorship deal with Machinima. The earlier comment was made jointly, but Microsoft is now distancing itself from Machinima. "Microsoft was not aware of individual contracts Machinima had with their content providers as... More
  • Blog Post: King.com Comments On ‘Candy’ Trademark

    Yesterday we reported that Candy Crush Saga developer King.com had successfully obtained a trademark for the word “candy” in the United States. Attempts to enforce that trademark followed shortly thereafter. Today, King.com has commented on the recent events. In a statement to Gamezebo, King... More
  • Blog Post: King.com Attempts To Enforce New Trademark For The Word ‘Candy’

    Last February, Candy Crush Saga developer King.com filed paperwork with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the word “candy.” On January 15, 2014, the trademark filing was approved, and King.com began enforcing its ownership. The trademark office looks at the connection between... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Wins Wii Fit Patents Following Lawsuit Settlement

    A company tried to sue Nintendo for supposedly infringing on its patents with the Wii Fit. It lost, and now Nintendo has acquired those patents. InterAction Laboratories sued Nintendo in 2012 for patent infringement. Nintendo eventually won the case, and the court ordered InterAction to pay Nintendo's... More
  • Blog Post: Third Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against EA Over Battlefield 4

    A third law firm is in the process of seeking certification as a class on behalf of EA investors. Bower Piven has filed in US District Court (Northern California) and is seeking a lead plaintiff with common stock losses greater than $200,000. Bower Piven cites the same reasons as the first and second... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Second Investor Lawsuit Against EA Over Battlefield 4 In Process

    Update: EA has responded to our request for comment on this most recent lawsuit. "We believe these claims are meritless," an EA representative told us via email. "We intend to aggressively defend ourselves, and we’re confident the court will dismiss the complaint in due course."... More
  • Blog Post: Big Huge Games Trademark And More Sold At Auction

    An auction following the collapse of 38 Studios yielded results, with some of the assets going to bidders. The Big Huge Games trademark and two game properties have new owners, though the details of who bid and who won haven’t yet been revealed. Rise of Nations and Rise of Legends (originally published... More
  • Blog Post: Deep Silver Issues Comprehensive Statement On YouTube Copyright Claims

    Publisher Deep Silver, who has been among the most friendly to YouTube creators, has issued a comprehensive statement following the wave of copyright claims. The statement specifically addresses three parties that have been making a number of claims on Deep Silver titles and those of other publishers... More
  • Blog Post: Tidal Wave Of YouTube Copyright Claims Underway

    Update: YouTube has responded to our request for comment, defending the recent wave of copyright claims. The company explains the event as having to do with a change to multi-channel networks (MCN). "Nothing illustrates the incredible growth and evolution of YouTube better than the enterprise class... More
  • Blog Post: Class Action Lawsuit Firm Investigates EA Over Battlefield 4

    The law firm of Holzer Holzer & Fistel has announced that it is currently investigating EA over claims made related to Battlefield 4. The matter focuses on statements made by the publisher’s officers between July 24, 2013, and December 4, 2013. This isn’t Holzer Holzer & Fistel’s... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Riot Comments Again On LCS Streaming Policy

    Update #2: Following outcry from players and fans, along with a strong reaction from some of the developers whose titles were on the banned list, Riot will be amending its approach to streaming. The news comes by way of another comment on Reddit from Riot director of eSports Whalen Roselle. Hey everyone... More
  • Blog Post: Twitch Working To Remove Non-Gaming Content From Its Service

    Twitch integration on PlayStation 4 is an enormous disruptor in the console and streaming landscapes. What used to require an investment of peripheral hardware and/or software above and beyond the initial purchase is now baked into every console. A shift like this also brings about unforeseen consequences... More
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