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

By Steve Watts, Dec 13, 2013 12:15pm PST

The 38 Studios auction took place this week, and Rhode Island failed to find a buyer for both the rights to make a Kingdoms of Amalur sequel, and the spin-off MMO Project Copernicus.


"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

By Steve Watts, Nov 21, 2013 7:10am PST

The NCAA has filed suit against Electronic Arts, alleging that the publisher's settlement with student athletes would negate a legal obligation to compensate them for legal fees and other liabilities.


"no kidding. the NCAA needs compensation for its losses? WHAT? "

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EA's NCAA settlement cost company $40 million

By Steve Watts, Oct 30, 2013 7:00am PDT

EA revealed yesterday in a financial call that its settlement with the NCAA cost it $40 million.


THQ files suit against EA and UFC parent company

By Steve Watts, Oct 10, 2013 8:30am PDT

THQ has filed suit against Electronic Arts and UFC parent company Zuffa, claiming that EA shared confidential financial information as it attempted to grab the UFC license for itself.


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

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

By Steve Watts, Aug 15, 2013 5:30pm PDT

Nintendo lost a 3DS patent suit in March and was ordered to pay $30.2 million in damages, but a judge yesterday called that amount "intrinsically excessive" and halved the amount.


"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

By Steve Watts, Aug 05, 2013 7:30am PDT

Activision Blizzard shareholder Todd Miller has filed a complaint against the company, alleging that its plan to buy back stock through an investor group disproportionately favors the group with no benefit to Activision.


"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

By Steve Watts, Jul 26, 2013 12:00pm PDT

The law firm representing Robin Antonick, the original designer of Madden NFL, says that the next step for the suit is to comb through Madden code from 1997-today and compare it to the original. The process could take a year.


Madden designer wins first phase of suit against EA

By Steve Watts, Jul 24, 2013 8:15am PDT

Madden designer Robin Antonick has won the first phase of his lawsuit against EA for series royalties, at an estimated $11 million. A jury determined games from 1990-1996 were similar to his works.


"this is hardly a 'better keep it out of the news' issue, just a matter of which outcome they ..."

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ESA spent $4.8 million in games lobbying last year

By Steve Watts, Jul 16, 2013 7:00pm PDT

The ESA spent $4.8 million in lobbying efforts last year, almost doubling the NRA which only spent $2.98 million.


"Giving money to super PACs, 501(c) organizations, and the somewhat more traditional party ..."

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Madden designer suit against EA going to trial [update]

By Steve Watts, Jun 24, 2013 7:30am PDT

Original Madden designer Robin Antonick has won the first phase of his case against Electronic Arts, alleging unpaid royalties for derivative works based on his design from the 1980s.


"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

By Steve Watts, Jun 20, 2013 5:00pm PDT

A proposed privacy bill requires increased consumer alerts for data collection, which could impact the way you interact with Xbox One's Kinect.


"Giving developers the security to develop a game that utilizes the kinect doesn't mean that the ..."

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ITC rules Xbox did not infringe on Motorola patent

By Steve Watts, May 24, 2013 10:30am PDT

The ITC has ruled that Microsoft did not violate Motorola's wireless communications patent with the Xbox, defeating the last remaining of Motorola's five patent complaints against the company.


"Pretty happy that Google is losing all of these patent cases. It was a tad bit hypocritical to ..."

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Rhode Island looking to sell Amalur intellectual property

By Steve Watts, May 20, 2013 2:05pm PDT

Rhode Island is reportedly preparing to sell off the properties it took control over after the collapse of 38 Studios, and has found an interested party.


"MONDAY: We talk to the programmer who prepared the video games for sale. "

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Madden NFL breach of contract suit vs. EA to go to trial

By John Keefer, Apr 29, 2013 2:15pm PDT

A California federal judge has denied an attempt by Electronic Arts to dismiss a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a former employee involving the creation of the Madden NFL franchise. The case will proceed to trial on June 17.


"yeah, 4th and inches was awesome. I also liked ABC Monday Night Football"

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The 'red flags' of 38 Studios' demise

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT

A lengthy feature on The New York Times details the rise and fall of 38 Studios, and how both parties involved bit off more than they could chew. Rhode Island, eager to reinvigorate its economy with tech jobs, dove head-first into an investment that had "red flags" from the ...


"You're right that we vote with our money, but this isn't really relevant in a discussion about ..."

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