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Proposed tax reform would withhold credit from 'violent video game' makers

By Steve Watts, Feb 28, 2014 7:00am PST

A proposed tax reform bill from the House Ways and Means Committee would create an R&D tax credit for US companies, but would then withhold that credit to makers of violent video games.

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"and/or lobbyists and "conceren troll" groups one million moms comes to mind... even though ..."

- vertdang see all 10 comments

Candy Crush Saga dev opposes The Banner Saga trademark

By Steve Watts, Jan 22, 2014 9:00am PST

Candy Crush Saga developer King has filed a "Notice of Opposition" to Stoic's trademark for The Banner Saga. The legal notice claims a "likelihood of confusion," but in a separate statement King claims this is just a necessary legal step to protect their brand from clones.

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"I hope the makers of Bejeweled etc games sue King to hell for copying their game. Banner Saga ..."

- Kolzig73 see all 15 comments

Rhode Island bill aims to encourage 38 Studios suit settlement

By Steve Watts, Jan 10, 2014 9:30am PST

A bill proposed in Rhode Island on Wednesday aims to encourage a settlement from 38 Studios by easing the uncertainty on the defendants.

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Nintendo must pay 1.8% in 3DS royalties due to patent lawsuit

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 06, 2014 1:30pm PST

Last year, Nintendo had to pay $15 million to former Sony employee Seijiro Tomita after he sued over alleged patent infringement over the...

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"Apple is salivating over those rounded corners. Incoming Apple lawsuit in 3....2...."

- Saldrin see all 12 comments

38 Studios auction fails to find buyer for Amalur sequel and MMO

By Steve Watts, Dec 13, 2013 12:15pm PST

The 38 Studios auction took place this week, and Rhode Island failed to find a buyer for both the rights to make a Kingdoms of Amalur sequel, and the spin-off MMO Project Copernicus.

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"I'm sure it will sell, It just depends on how much RI wants to let it go for. I'd be willing ..."

- soundcreepy see all 27 comments

NCAA sues EA over student athlete settlement

By Steve Watts, Nov 21, 2013 7:10am PST

The NCAA has filed suit against Electronic Arts, alleging that the publisher's settlement with student athletes would negate a legal obligation to compensate them for legal fees and other liabilities.

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"no kidding. the NCAA needs compensation for its losses? WHAT? "

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EA's NCAA settlement cost company $40 million

By Steve Watts, Oct 30, 2013 7:00am PDT

EA revealed yesterday in a financial call that its settlement with the NCAA cost it $40 million.

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THQ files suit against EA and UFC parent company

By Steve Watts, Oct 10, 2013 8:30am PDT

THQ has filed suit against Electronic Arts and UFC parent company Zuffa, claiming that EA shared confidential financial information as it attempted to grab the UFC license for itself.

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"Wow, if they could prove EA did that wonder how much of an impact (if any) it would make on them?"

- mancide see all 3 comments

Nintendo ordered to pay $15 million in 3DS patent suit

By Steve Watts, Aug 15, 2013 5:30pm PDT

Nintendo lost a 3DS patent suit in March and was ordered to pay $30.2 million in damages, but a judge yesterday called that amount "intrinsically excessive" and halved the amount.

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"Umm... I feel like the first half of this story was cut off. The judge here is Jed Rakoff, and ..."

- the archvile see all 4 comments

Activision shareholder sues over stock buyback

By Steve Watts, Aug 05, 2013 7:30am PDT

Activision Blizzard shareholder Todd Miller has filed a complaint against the company, alleging that its plan to buy back stock through an investor group disproportionately favors the group with no benefit to Activision.

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"Activision's entire existence since 1989 has been to make Bobby Kotick and his investors more ..."

- the archvile see all 6 comments

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.

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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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"this is hardly a 'better keep it out of the news' issue, just a matter of which outcome they ..."

- derelict515 see all 8 comments

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.

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"Giving money to super PACs, 501(c) organizations, and the somewhat more traditional party ..."

- RaptorII see all 13 comments

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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"Statute of limitations. I always found it funny that the abbreviation for statute of limitations ..."

- desky see all 38 comments

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.

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"Giving developers the security to develop a game that utilizes the kinect doesn't mean that the ..."

- sleepytea see all 75 comments