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Proposed tax reform would withhold credit from 'violent video game' makers

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Proposed tax reform would withhold credit from 'violent video game' makers

A tax reform proposal unveiled this week suggests giving research and development tax credits for companies, but also says the R&D credit should be withheld from makers of violent video games. Like many we've seen at state levels, the "Tax Reform Act of 2014" proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee doesn't specify what criteria it will use to determine violence in games.

Read more: Tax reform unlikely this year, says House Speaker »

"and/or lobbyists and "conceren troll" groups one million moms comes to mind... even though ..."
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Candy Crush Saga dev opposes The Banner Saga trademark

Candy Crush Saga dev opposes The Banner Saga trademark

Candy Crush Saga developer King recently raised eyebrows by trademarking the word "candy," but the potential legal entanglement fun doesn't stop there. King has also apparently filed a "Notice of Opposition" with the US Patent and Trademark Office against Stoic's trademark for The Banner Saga.

Read more: Opposition based on "likelihood of confusion" »

"I hope the makers of Bejeweled etc games sue King to hell for copying their game. Banner Saga ..."
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Rhode Island bill aims to encourage 38 Studios suit settlement

Rhode Island bill aims to encourage 38 Studios suit settlement

Legislation brought before the Rhode Island General Assembly on Wednesday is meant to ease the road towards a settlement in the state's ongoing lawsuit against 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling and others involved with the company. The bill was proposed by the administration of Governor Chafee, who has personally been critical of Schilling's handling of the company as the drama unfolded.

Read more: Bill would "eliminate uncertainty" for settling parties »

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Nintendo must pay 1.8% in 3DS royalties due to patent lawsuit

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Nintendo must pay 1.8% in 3DS royalties due to patent lawsuit

Last year, Nintendo had to pay $15 million to former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita after he sued over alleged patent infringement over the handheld's use of glasses-free 3D tech. In addition to the lump sum payment, Nintendo must now pay royalty fees for every 3DS system sold.

Read more: Nintendo 2DS exempt »

"Apple is salivating over those rounded corners. Incoming Apple lawsuit in 3....2...."
- Saldrin    See all 12 comments


38 Studios auction fails to find buyer for Amalur sequel and MMO

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38 Studios auction fails to find buyer for Amalur sequel and MMO

The liquidation auction for 38 Studios properties took place this week, and found no buyer for the rights to produce a sequel to Kingdoms of Amalur or the MMORPG Project Copernicus. Also left without buyers were rights for the Big Huge Games Engine, Catan

Read more: Big Huge trademark and Rise of Nations sold »

"I'm sure it will sell, It just depends on how much RI wants to let it go for. I'd be willing ..."
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NCAA sues EA over student athlete settlement

NCAA sues EA over student athlete settlement

EA recently settled with student athletes who had filed a class-action suit over likeness rights, to the tune of $40 million. But if you thought that was the end, you clearly underestimated the churn of the justice system. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is now suing EA, claiming that the organization is entitled to compensation for its losses.

Read more: Settlement went ahead without NCAA »

"no kidding. the NCAA needs compensation for its losses? WHAT? "
- Downforce    See all 4 comments


EA's NCAA settlement cost company $40 million

EA's NCAA settlement cost company $40 million

EA's legal settlement with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) wasn't intended to halt NCAA games altogether, but that seems to be the result. The two have parted ways, which may have something to do with the settlement costing the company $40 million.

Read more: At least it ain't a billion dollars... »

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THQ files suit against EA and UFC parent company

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THQ files suit against EA and UFC parent company

THQ may be out as a publisher, but what remains of the company is still working through bits of legal action. It has filed suit against both Electronic Arts and UFC parent company Zuffa, claiming that the two worked together to end THQ's agreement with UFC and transfer it to EA.

Read more: Suit alleges confidential information leak »

"Wow, if they could prove EA did that wonder how much of an impact (if any) it would make on them?"
- mancide    See all 3 comments


Nintendo ordered to pay $15 million in 3DS patent suit

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Nintendo ordered to pay $15 million in 3DS patent suit

After losing a recent patent lawsuit regarding glasses-free 3D utilized in the 3DS, a judge has ordered Nintendo to pay $15.1 million in damages to former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita.

Nintendo still claims that none of its products infringe upon the patent and that it will continue to appeal. However, the plaintiff must decide if he will accept the amount. Originally awarded $30 million, Judge Rakoff called the amount "intrinsically excessive" and halved the award.

Read more: 3DS 'not profitable' and 'most games' don't use tech »

"Umm... I feel like the first half of this story was cut off. The judge here is Jed Rakoff, and ..."
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Activision shareholder sues over stock buyback

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Activision shareholder sues over stock buyback

Activision Blizzard recently announced plans to break ties with Vivendi by selling its shares to an investor group. In response, shareholder Todd Miller has filed a complaint against Activision, its board of directors, and Vivendi, claiming the investor group is coming out ahead with no benefit to Activision's other shareholders.

Read more: Investor group to get a 'staggering windfall' »

"Activision's entire existence since 1989 has been to make Bobby Kotick and his investors more ..."
- the archvile    See all 6 comments


Madden suit's next step: a year of comparing code

Madden suit's next step: a year of comparing code

Madden NFL designer Robin Antonick recently won the first phase of a multi-tiered lawsuit against EA, entitling him to an estimated $11 million. That part addressed the games released between 1990-1996, and the next part moves into games released between 1997 and today. To raise that issue in court, the lawyers are planning a year-long discovery phase in which they crack into the source code of modern Madden.

Read more: 'We're going to try to make the exact same comparison' »

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Madden designer wins first phase of suit against EA

Madden designer wins first phase of suit against EA

Robin Antonick, the designer of the original Madden NFL game, has won part of his case against EA. After three days of deliberations, the jury determined that Madden games released between 1990-1996 were similar to Antonick's designs, entitling him to an estimated $11 million. The final figure will be determined by the judge.

Read more: 1997-current games still pending »

"this is hardly a 'better keep it out of the news' issue, just a matter of which outcome they ..."
- derelict515    See all 8 comments


ESA spent $4.8 million in games lobbying last year

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ESA spent $4.8 million in games lobbying last year

The intersection of games and politics struck sharply earlier this year, when the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School prompted politicians to investigate possible contributing factors to gun violence. This pulled in to lobbying heavyweights: the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), as Vice President Biden held meetings. Though the national dialogue may seem more heavily influenced by the NRA, it turns out the ESA actually spends more on lobbying efforts.

Read more: $4.8 million from ESA »

"Giving money to super PACs, 501(c) organizations, and the somewhat more traditional party ..."
- RaptorII    See all 13 comments


Madden designer suit against EA going to trial [update]

Madden designer suit against EA going to trial [update]

Update: The story originally incorrectly stated that Electronic Arts had lost the case brought against it by Robin Antonick. The story has been corrected below.

Electronic Arts has been denied its final attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by Robin Antonick, the designer of the original Madden game. Antonick is seeking unpaid royalties, punitive damages, and disgorgement of profits. The trial is scheduled to begin on July 17.

Read more: First phase covers 1990-1996 »

"Statute of limitations. I always found it funny that the abbreviation for statute of limitations ..."
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Xbox One Kinect could be impacted by proposed privacy bill

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Xbox One Kinect could be impacted by proposed privacy bill

Amid the controversies surrounding Xbox One's policies, one that has gotten slightly less attention are the privacy concerns regarding the new Kinect. If a newly proposed privacy bill becomes law, though, Microsoft may have to significantly change how you interact with the device.

Read more: Notifications, required identical service »

"Giving developers the security to develop a game that utilizes the kinect doesn't mean that the ..."
- sleepytea    See all 75 comments




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