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ITC rules Xbox did not infringe on Motorola patent

By Steve Watts, May 24, 2013 10:30am PDT

The ITC has ruled that Microsoft did not violate Motorola's wireless communications patent with the Xbox, defeating the last remaining of Motorola's five patent complaints against the company.


"Pretty happy that Google is losing all of these patent cases. It was a tad bit hypocritical to ..."

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Rhode Island looking to sell Amalur intellectual property

By Steve Watts, May 20, 2013 2:05pm PDT

Rhode Island is reportedly preparing to sell off the properties it took control over after the collapse of 38 Studios, and has found an interested party.


"MONDAY: We talk to the programmer who prepared the video games for sale. "

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Madden NFL breach of contract suit vs. EA to go to trial

By John Keefer, Apr 29, 2013 2:15pm PDT

A California federal judge has denied an attempt by Electronic Arts to dismiss a breach of contract lawsuit brought by a former employee involving the creation of the Madden NFL franchise. The case will proceed to trial on June 17.


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The 'red flags' of 38 Studios' demise

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT

A lengthy feature on The New York Times details the rise and fall of 38 Studios, and how both parties involved bit off more than they could chew. Rhode Island, eager to reinvigorate its economy with tech jobs, dove head-first into an investment that had "red flags" from the ...


"You're right that we vote with our money, but this isn't really relevant in a discussion about ..."

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EA wins suit to have 'Edge' trademark canceled

By John Keefer, Apr 19, 2013 12:45pm PDT

Edge Games CEO Tim Langdell's hold on the Edge name is no more. A California Court of Appeals has ruled the trademark should be canceled, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has complied.


"What in the fuck. The court really needs a more streamlined system to strike down patent ..."

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Section 8 developer loses appeal and IP, must pay $7.35 million

By John Keefer, Apr 17, 2013 4:15pm PDT

Section 8 developer TimeGate Studios thought it was off the hook for a $7.35 million arbitration ruling when it won its appeal last year over a...


"Well if this studio can't create something new I guess it's closing time for this company. ..."

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THQ president: Company doomed by 'massive mistakes'

By John Keefer, Jan 31, 2013 2:45pm PST

THQ's demise was not something that happened because of bad luck or a changing marketplace, but more a result of a "sea of bad decisions," with the uDraw tablet at or near the top of the list, according to company president Jason Rubin.


"THQ killed themselves by over-DLC-ing their best games and keeping their special editions ..."

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House bill would prohibit violent game sales to minors

By Steve Watts, Jan 18, 2013 9:30am PST

Politicians are proposing bills that would impact the game industry: one that would impose a 1% tax on violent games, and another that would restrict their sale to minors.


"I only wish that a law restricting the sale of violent games to minors would work. But it ..."

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'Kevin Butler' actor settles suit with Sony

By Steve Watts, Jan 17, 2013 5:30pm PST

Actor Jerry Lambert has settled the breach of contract suit brought against him by Sony. He has agreed not to appear in any ad that mentions video games for two years, and then afterwards to notify Sony of video game ads for two years.


""Lambert is still able to portray the "Kevin Butler" character, with Sony's permission." Only ..."

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President Obama proposes CDC study on media violence

By Steve Watts, Jan 16, 2013 11:30am PST

President Obama has ordered the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes of gun violence, including a possible connection to violent media such as video games. It comes among a list of 23 executive orders, and proposals for Congressional legislation.


"Games typically cost 10 times a movie ticket. There are typically about 300 movies released in ..."

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Editorial: Taking a seat at the table on gun violence

By Steve Watts, Jan 16, 2013 7:30am PST

Some gamers reacted harshly to Vice President Biden's offer to meet with the game industry, and more so at the game industry accepting. But taking a seat at the table was the right thing to do, both politically and ethically.


"Holy shit, you mean when people actually sit and talk about something without spouting off a ..."

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Bohemia developers released on bail from Greek jail

By Steve Watts, Jan 15, 2013 10:00am PST

The two Bohemia Interactive developers arrested in Greece have been let out on bail, according to Czech news sources.


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Vice President Biden offers 'no judgment' on game industry

By Steve Watts, Jan 14, 2013 12:00pm PST

Vice President Joe Biden met with various representatives of the video game industry on Friday, and made it clear he was not singling it out or treating it as a scapegoat.


"yeah, that does sound good, maybe with some sour cream as well.."

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Motorola's Xbox ban rejected by US court

By Steve Watts, Dec 04, 2012 9:00am PST

A US federal judge has ruled that Motorola's patents are too critical to the industry not to offer reasonable licenses, and therefore a ban on Microsoft's Xbox 360 consoles cannot be imposed.


Blizzard facing class action suit over authenticators

By John Keefer, Nov 13, 2012 5:00pm PST

When your games are purchased by millions of people, you are bound to have some dissatisfied customers, some willing to take you to court. Blizzard is staring down a class action suit by two gamers who have accused the company of herding players to buy Battle.net authenticat...


"Another statement they made was that the authenticators on mobile devices were free for exactly ..."

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