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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."


""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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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.


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

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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.


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

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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


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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