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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 ...


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EA wins suit to have 'Edge' trademark canceled

By John Keefer, Apr 19, 2013 12:45pm PDT

Edge Games CEO Tim Langdell's hold on the Edge name is no more. A California Court of Appeals has ruled the trademark should be canceled, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has complied.


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Section 8 developer loses appeal and IP, must pay $7.35 million

By John Keefer, Apr 17, 2013 4:15pm PDT

Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios thought it was off the hook for a $7.35 million arbitration ruling when it won its appeal last year over a...


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THQ president: Company doomed by 'massive mistakes'

By John Keefer, Jan 31, 2013 2:45pm PST

THQ's demise was not something that happened because of bad luck or a changing marketplace, but more a result of a "sea of bad decisions," with the uDraw tablet at or near the top of the list, according to company president Jason Rubin.


"THQ killed themselves by over-DLC-ing their best games and keeping their special editions ..."

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House bill would prohibit violent game sales to minors

By Steve Watts, Jan 18, 2013 9:30am PST

Politicians are proposing bills that would impact the game industry: one that would impose a 1% tax on violent games, and another that would restrict their sale to minors.


"I only wish that a law restricting the sale of violent games to minors would work. But it ..."

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'Kevin Butler' actor settles suit with Sony

By Steve Watts, Jan 17, 2013 5:30pm PST

Actor Jerry Lambert has settled the breach of contract suit brought against him by Sony. He has agreed not to appear in any ad that mentions video games for two years, and then afterwards to notify Sony of video game ads for two years.


""Lambert is still able to portray the "Kevin Butler" character, with Sony's permission." Only ..."

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President Obama proposes CDC study on media violence

By Steve Watts, Jan 16, 2013 11:30am PST

President Obama has ordered the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes of gun violence, including a possible connection to violent media such as video games. It comes among a list of 23 executive orders, and proposals for Congressional legislation.


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