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  • Blog Post: Company Wants All EA Profits From Nine Sports Games Due To Alleged Patent Infringement

    EA will be heading to court to defend itself against a patent-infringement lawsuit tied to its sports titles. The suit was filed on January 15 by White Knuckle LLC, which holds a patent for updating video games based on real-world changes. The patent specifies mechanisms by which developers can update... More
  • Blog Post: 18-Year-Old Arrested In Connection With Holiday Xbox Live And PSN Attacks

    Over the holidays, Microsoft’s Xbox Live service and Sony’s PlayStation Network suffered a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks . Today, an arrest has been made of an 18-year-old allegedly connected to the incidents. The BBC reports that the man was apprehended in Southport... More
  • Blog Post: President Obama Proposes Initiatives Aimed At Stopping DDoS And Other Cyber Attacks

    Yesterday, President Obama announced proposals that seek to curb a variety of forms of cybercrime. The measure would revamp the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act to include cybercrime, including theft and sale of personal financial data. The President’s proposal also calls... More
  • Blog Post: Blizzard’s Overwatch Runs Into Trademark Trouble

    Blizzard’s Overwatch has run afoul of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The government agency has suspended one of the publisher’s trademark applications related to its recently announced team shooter, Overwatch. The conflict doesn’t come from another video game, though... More
  • Blog Post: Your Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass Free Game Comes With A Legal Catch

    Ubisoft’s free game redemption site for those who purchased the Assassin’s Creed season pass is live . Once you identify which system you’ve played on, you can redeem one of six games. Before you zip through the terms and conditions, there’s something of which you should be aware... More
  • Blog Post: Judge Allows Killzone: Shadow Fall Resolution Lawsuit To Proceed

    A lawsuit seeking remedy for Sony’s alleged misrepresentations related to Killzone: Shadow Fall has been allowed to proceed. Sony was defeated on a motion to dismiss on all but one claim, with plaintiff Douglas Ladore given permission to amend his filing. Ladore is pursuing a class action suit... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Avoids Wii U Sales Injunction In Settlement With Philips

    In May 2014, electronics manufacturer Philips filed suit against Nintendo over alleged patent infringement . The complaint targeted motion-control peripherals, including the Wii U and accessories like the Wii Remote. In June, Nintendo was dealt a blow in UK courts as a judge ruled that patents for recognition... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Agrees To Pay Up To $50 Per Customer Over Misleading Vita Advertisements

    In the early days of the PlayStation Vita, Sony made a number of claims about the system’s features. One of those was the ability to move seamlessly between the PlayStation 3 and the handheld. As history tells us, the mechanics were a bit more complex. As we know now, the feature wasn’t available... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Settles Court Case Over Buyout Led By CEO Kotick With $275 Million Settlement

    Last year, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and co-chairman Brian Kelly participated in the $8 billion buyout of former parent Vivendi. The pair contributed a combined $100 million of personal funds as part of a group that now holds 24.9 percent of company shares. Following that event, which came as Vivendi... More
  • Blog Post: Manuel Noriega Call Of Duty Likeness Suit Dismissed

    The suit filed by former dictator of Panama Manuel Noriega against Activision over Call of Duty: Black Ops II has been dismissed. Noriega filed the suit earlier this year over the use of his likeness in the game. Noriega, who is serving a 20 year prison sentence in Panama for crimes committed while he... More
  • Blog Post: Judge Dismisses Battlefield 4 Class Action Lawsuit

    U.S. District Judge Susan Illston issued a ruling this week in favor of Electronic Arts in a class action suit with EA investors over the disappointing performance of Battlefield 4. The judge said that statements by EA executives before the game's release for last-gen systems on October 29, 2013... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Developer’s Threats Against Gabe Newell Get Game Pulled From Steam

    Developer Mike Maulbeck is the creator of Paranautical Activity. For a short time, his game was available on Steam, first as an Early Access title and then as a fully released game. Yesterday, Mualbeck threatened to kill Valve founder Gabe Newell. As you might suspect, Valve didn’t take kindly... More
  • Blog Post: Lindsay Lohan Files Amended Complaint In GTA V Likeness Suit

    Lindsay Lohan has escalated her complaint against Rockstar over allegedly improper use of her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V. In July, the actress filed suit against publisher Take-Two claiming that minor character Lacey Jonas is modeled after her. The original 10-page complaint Lohan filed against Take... More
  • Blog Post: Kickstarter Tightens Terms Of Service, Warns Projects Of Legal Liability

    Backing a Kickstarter project is a risky endeavor. You’re putting your faith in personnel and a project concept so early that there is a chance that the end product (if it’s ever delivered) doesn’t match lofty expectations. Now, Kickstarter is taking another step to hold project managers... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani To Defend Activision Against Manuel Noriega

    Update: Activision and its attorneys, led by former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, have filed a motion to dismiss former dictator Manuel Noriega's suit over his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Giuliani is confident in Activision's position, but says there is a chance that should... More
  • Blog Post: Sega Details Extensive Breakdowns In Relationship With Gearbox Over Alien: Colonial Marines

    Whether the class action lawsuit over Alien: Colonial Marines ever results in meaningful compensation for consumers is something we don’t yet know. However, the legal matter has served to bring to light serious relationship problems between Sega and Gearbox, according to the publisher’s testimony... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Capcom Is Suing Koei Tecmo Over Older Dynasty Warriors Games

    Capcom is suing Dynasty Warriors publisher Koei Tecmo for patent infringement, according to new report. The matter concerns a Capcom-held patent filed in 2002 that details how users can import content from one disc-based piece of software to another. A similar feature was found in a number of Musou games... More
  • Blog Post: Sega Close To $1.25 Million Settlement In Alien: Colonial Marines Suit

    One piece of the Alien: Colonial Marines class action suit could be drawing to a close soon, as publisher Sega has preliminarily agreed to a settlement with plaintiffs. If accepted by the court, class participants would be due an equal distribution of a $1.25 million settlement. The parties came to an... More
  • Blog Post: Artist Claims Pet Toy Company Robbed Her Of Angry Birds Profits

    A Seattle artist is suing the Hartz Mountain Company, through which she used to sell her Angry Birds cat toys. The line of products pre-dates Rovio’s hit mobile game series and Juli Adams claims that Hartz had no right to sell the trademark and, by extension, deprive her of revenues. According... More
  • Blog Post: Gearbox Tells Its Side Of The Alien: Colonial Marines Story In Court

    In April last year, disgruntled consumers filed a lawsuit against Sega and Gearbox over the critically panned Alien: Colonial Marines. The suit alleges that the title was falsely advertised via demos at trade shows, including PAX and E3. In a statement that was filed along with a request for summary... More
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