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Activision pays $42M to ex-Infinity Ward devs

By Steve Watts, May 15, 2012 11:15am PDT

Activision has paid the Infinity Ward Employee Group $42 million, after determining that the evidence against Jason West and Vince Zampella didn't implicate the other employees.

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"42million is like a weak pinch on the cheek. It's gonna take a lot more than that to make them ..."

- cptincognito see all 19 comments

Def Jam Rapstar studio in financial trouble

By Steve Watts, May 15, 2012 10:45am PDT

4mm Games, developer of Def Jam Rapstar, is "rather starved for money" after sluggish sales and a legal battle.

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Report: Reckoning developer at risk of insolvency

By Steve Watts, May 15, 2012 10:00am PDT

38 Studios is in talks with the Rhode Island state government, and the state governor says the effort is to keep the company "solvent."

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"I expected more from a company run by a former baseball player, fantasy author and toymaker. ..."

- Porkasaurus see all 32 comments

NCAA conspiracy suit against EA going to court

By Steve Watts, May 14, 2012 2:15pm PDT

A district court judge has refused to dismiss a class action suit that alleges EA conspired with the NCAA to use player likenesses without compensation.

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Game developer suit against Beyonce moving forward

By Steve Watts, May 11, 2012 1:30pm PDT

Game developer Gate Five has been granted the green light to move forward in a $100 million lawsuit against pop singer Beyonce, alleging that she walked away from a development deal.

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"Makes you wonder why the hell her lawyers/agents/whatever signed a contract with them when they ..."

- MOOMANiBE see all 3 comments

Xbox 360 hit with sales injunction in Germany

By Steve Watts, May 02, 2012 8:30am PDT

Motorola has won a legal ruling in Germany against Microsoft, which would mean pulling MS products from shelves if a US ruling hadn't already issued a preemptive order not to act on the ban.

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"Patents should only be a temporary otherwise competition and innovation are both stiffled and ..."

- InfernoAblaze see all 7 comments

Motorola wins patent ruling against Microsoft

By Steve Watts, Apr 24, 2012 3:00pm PDT

Motorola has won a ruling against Microsoft on a patent dispute with Motorola. The International Trade Commission is reviewing the ruling, which could result in blocking imports of Xbox 360s. More likely, it will be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations between the compa...

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Activision/Blizzard being sued for virtual world infringement

By Steve Watts, Apr 13, 2012 7:00am PDT

Activision Blizzard is being sued by Worlds Inc. The company claims games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft violate its patent for "enabling users to interact in a virtual space."

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""While we are pleased to see that the gaming industry and its rapidly growing customer base have ..."

- rottdcorpse see all 60 comments

TimeGate wins Section 8 dispute

By Jeff Mattas, Mar 29, 2012 3:00pm PDT

Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios has achieved a victory over SouthPeak, thanks to a judge's ruling that invalidates the damages and IP licensing rights awarded to the publisher during arbitration.

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"What are you talking about, they've published Two Worlds, Velvet Assassin...okay, yeah. ..."

- GreggD see all 4 comments

Tobacco-style warning on video games proposed by US bill

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 21, 2012 7:00am PDT

Not for the first time, a biparisan pair of US congressmen have introduced a bill that would require almost every video game box to bear a label reading, "WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior."

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"Throughout man's history here, nothing is responsible for more bloodshed on this planet than ..."

- ironhorse86 see all 84 comments

Mojang and ZeniMax settle Scrolls trademark dispute

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 12, 2012 6:15am PDT

2011's slightly silly legal battle between Bethesda parent company ZeniMax and Minecraft developer Mojang over the name 'Scrolls' has drawn to a close with a settlement that sees both parties sort-of getting what they wanted.

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"Fuck. That. Black Marsh should be their first game in the new engine."

- AgentPothead see all 5 comments

Patent lawsuit takes aim at microtransactions

By Steve Watts, Mar 02, 2012 2:45pm PST

A patent lawsuit targets several social game publishers, and could have a hefty impact on the free-to-play business model.

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"there are a lot of companies that secure patents for things they will never use just to cash in ..."

- Dark Drakonis see all 7 comments

Nintendo suit dismissed, says it won't 'succumb to patent trolls'

By Steve Watts, Mar 02, 2012 1:15pm PST

A patent suit against Nintendo has been dismissed by a Maryland district judge, the company announced today.

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"One of the reasons why I will never buy an apple product is Apple became the one of the worst ..."

- Saldrin see all 5 comments

Oklahoma violent games tax defeated in House

By Steve Watts, Feb 23, 2012 5:45pm PST

The Oklahoma bill proposing a 1% sales tax increase on violent video games has been defeated in a House subcommittee. It was followed quickly by the proposal of a task force on video games, obesity, and aggression -- but the task force was also voted down

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"Wait, you're surprised that people in government would try to pass possibly illegal, definitely ..."

- Herman Toothrot see all 12 comments

Oklahoma House considering violent games tax

By Steve Watts, Feb 02, 2012 4:30pm PST

A new Oklahoma bill proposes an extra 1% tax on T, M, and AO games, offering the extra revenue generated to combat child obesity and bullying.

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"Reasonable? If I wanted to give my money to that cause, I would give it to them. I don't need ..."

- ketsyn see all 44 comments