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38 Studios' late payment to RI clears bank; Copernicus set for 2013 (update)

By Steve Watts, May 18, 2012 6:45am PDT

38 Studios didn't pay employees this week, and delivered a check for the overdue funds to Rhode Island before its CFO warned the state that it had insufficient funds to cover it.


">379 full-time employees Ouch. Thats a shitload of people, think of this: Valve only has ..."

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Activision, EA settle Infinity Ward dispute

By Steve Watts, May 17, 2012 10:30am PDT

Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts have reached a settlement in a lawsuit surrounding the firing of Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince...


"Go West and Zampella! Screw Activision and the crap they did to the employees of Infinity Ward."

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38 Studios seeking additional state funding

By Steve Watts, May 16, 2012 3:00pm PDT

38 Studios is requesting additional Rhode Island state assistance in the wake of its overdue payment to the Economic Development Corporation.


"so he paid himself back and now wants more money from the state?"

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NovaLogic suing Activision over Delta Force trademark in MW3

By Steve Watts, May 16, 2012 12:45pm PDT

NovaLogic has filed suit against Activision, alleging that its use of the Delta Force name and logo in Modern Warfare 3 infringes on its trademark.


"Yeah... but all creative works produced by the US government are in the public domain, so ..."

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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.


"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.


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."


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

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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.


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.


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

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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.


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

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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...


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."


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

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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.


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

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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."


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

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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.


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

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