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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.

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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

California to reimburse ESA for Supreme Court legal fees

By Steve Watts, Jan 26, 2012 8:15am PST

The state of California has agreed to reimburse the Entertainment Software Association $950,000 for its Supreme Court battle, and the ESA has announced it will put a portion into a new initiative to teach underserved communities important job skills.

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"So even the people who didn't vote for any of the officials should blame themselves for what the ..."

- TheDr7 see all 6 comments

SOPA and PIPA placed on hold

By Steve Watts, Jan 20, 2012 12:45pm PST

Both PIPA and SOPA have been postponed, following large-scale protests of the legislation on Wednesday.

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"Speaking of China, isn't it funny that the most regulated internet in the world has such huge ..."

- DragonSire see all 8 comments

Whistle-blower alleges 'unlawful' practices at Codemasters

By Xav de Matos, Jan 13, 2012 5:30pm PST

A former Codemasters employee has publicly accused the publisher of unlawful business practices and threatening former employees after his job was made redundant.

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"interesting... there's always two sides to a story though im a professional in finance and ..."

- Ducky_dky see all 8 comments

Bethesda settles with Interplay, MMO license is 'null and void'

By Xav de Matos, Jan 09, 2012 2:30pm PST

A settlement has been reached in the case between ZeniMax Media subsidiary Bethesda Softworks and Interplay Entertainment surrounding the fate of an MMO set in the Fallout universe.

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"It'd just be such a mammoth undertaking. I doubt we'd see it anytime soon. I mean, they'd have ..."

- Yumcheese see all 24 comments

Top News of 2011: Supreme Court protects games

By Steve Watts, Jan 06, 2012 1:15pm PST

Our final selection for "top story of 2011" is the Supreme Court's ruling of video games as free speech.

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"Breyer and Thomas. Breyer and Thomas dissented on entirely different rationales. "

- pigvomit see all 11 comments

Nintendo, Sony, EA drop SOPA support

By Steve Watts, Jan 02, 2012 7:15am PST

Nintendo, Sony, and EA have dropped their direct support for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.

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"Dropped support, my ass! They're all still supporting them! Quit spreading lies, Shacknews!"

- TwwIX see all 16 comments

Ubisoft injunction against THQ struck down in Quebec appeals court

By Xav de Matos, Dec 16, 2011 5:45pm PST

A Quebec appeals court has ruled in favor of THQ, striking down an injunction filed by Ubisoft that claimed THQ was poaching talent from the competition.

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"These guys who lead these projects get different kinds of contracts where more money is at stake. "

- Lucy Labia see all 5 comments

Updated Xbox Live TOS blocks class-action suits

By Steve Watts, Dec 07, 2011 12:45pm PST

Microsoft has updated its Terms of Service alongside yesterday's Xbox 360 dashboard update, preventing class-action suits and committing to binding arbitration for disputes.

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"Thank our jackhole grandparents for the states having almost no power to stop this kind of ..."

- DragonSire see all 14 comments