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Rhode Island taking possession of 38 Studios' IP

By Steve Watts, Aug 09, 2012 6:45am PDT

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. and Bank of New York Mellon Trust Co. have been given court approval to take 38 Studios' game assets, in an effort to resell and make money back on the loan.

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"I wonder if it will release with an unsustainable subscription model, and then go free-to-play ..."

- rodneystubbs see all 5 comments

RI governor refutes 38 Studios' claim he scared investors

By Steve Watts, Jul 26, 2012 3:15pm PDT

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee told reporters that he'll be "vindicated" from accusations that his words scared off investors, and said he wants "to get back every taxpayer dollar back that we possibly can."

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"Yeah, these are the same people that believed in 38 Studios and Schilling in the first place."

- DragonSire see all 4 comments

Schilling says he's 'tapped out' from 38 Studios collapse

By Steve Watts, Jun 22, 2012 8:15am PDT

Curt Schilling shares thoughts on how much of his own money he poured into 38 Studios, the company's failure to raise capital, and how he says he failed his employees.

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"At least it was in business ventures in his outside interests. Hell, when I retire from being a ..."

- Juno see all 40 comments

Microsoft rejects Motorola settlement offer

By Steve Watts, Jun 21, 2012 12:00pm PDT

Microsoft has balked at a settlement offer from Motorola, saying it wasn't made in good faith due to excessive royalties, a failure to account for other patents, and press leaks.

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"I wonder if there should a time window when a company can go after another for infringement for ..."

- TheEmissary see all 4 comments

Blizzard forced to offer Diablo 3 refunds in S. Korea

By John Keefer, Jun 21, 2012 7:30am PDT

Troubles with Diablo III in South Korea have forced Blizzard to go against policy and offer refunds to dissatisfied gamers after prodding from the Korean government.

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"You have no clue. Runewords were added by the expansion, which was a paid-for addon."

- Curike see all 150 comments

Tetris Company wins clone infringement dispute

By Steve Watts, Jun 20, 2012 2:00pm PDT

The Tetris Company has won a copyright dispute against mobile developer Xio Interactive, which developed a Tetris-like iPhone game called "Mino."

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"The moral of this, obviously, is to avoid playing SecondLife."

- tw3kr see all 8 comments

THQ facing class-action suit for uDraw sales claims

By Steve Watts, Jun 20, 2012 12:30pm PDT

THQ's uDraw has been discontinued, but shareholders are pressing a class action suit for the company offering misleading statements about its sales and future.

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"Totally agree. Suing a company that can barely keep it's head above water isn't the best idea ..."

- DragonSire see all 8 comments

Aussie Parliament approves R18+ game rating

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 18, 2012 8:00am PDT

Australian players are one step closer to being allowed to blow limbs off virtual foes and bathe in their blood, as the Parliament today passed legislation officially approving the creation of an adults-only 18+ rating.

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"Yup. Although I hear that this is also up for discussion already... for all tech sold to ..."

- FesterBlatz see all 12 comments

South Korea bans virtual item trades

By Steve Watts, Jun 15, 2012 8:15am PDT

The South Korean government has banned in-game item trades, wiping out gold farming bots and features like the Diablo 3 auction house in one fell swoop.

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"It's something that has come along that needs a good hard look for some possible regulation. ..."

- cetra00 see all 65 comments

Bank sues 38 Studios co-founder over loan debt

By John Keefer, Jun 14, 2012 1:30pm PDT

38 Studios co-founder Curt Schilling is in even more hot water over the closing and bankruptcy of the development house. Citizen's Bank is suing him for loans he personally guaranteed for the company.

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"Yeah, and the lawsuit itself doesn't involve games in any meaningful sense."

- Herman Toothrot see all 19 comments

Microsoft, Sony apply for top-level domains

By Steve Watts, Jun 14, 2012 10:30am PDT

Microsoft and Sony are trying to snag top-level domains like .Xbox and .PlayStation, forgoing the old trend of abbreviations like .com or .net.

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38 Studios spouse shares her story

By Steve Watts, Jun 13, 2012 3:45pm PDT

A letter from a spouse of a former 38 Studios member outlines a first-hand account of the developer's struggles in its last days.

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"As anyone sane person would. He got the company started on his own dime and paid himself back. ..."

- Visceral Monkey see all 14 comments

Activision, IBM oppose Xbox 360 import ban

By Steve Watts, Jun 12, 2012 9:00am PDT

Both IBM and Activision have thrown their weight behind Microsoft in its patent dispute with Motorola, claiming it would impact their business if the recommended Xbox 360 import ban goes through.

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38 Studios declares bankruptcy, federal investigation underway

By Steve Watts, Jun 07, 2012 2:30pm PDT

38 Studios has officially declared bankruptcy, amid reports that state and federal agencies are investigating the company.

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"PC version was fun, all it needs really is an FoV tweak. I was entertained playing it, the ..."

- Saldrin see all 10 comments

Activision settles Call of Duty suit

By John Keefer, May 31, 2012 2:15pm PDT

A settlement has been reached in the case involving Activision, Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vincent Zampella, and 40 ex-Call of Duty developers from Infinity Ward, ending the two-year-old legal dispute.

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"Congrats, you know how to view someones post history. You sure are a smart fella."

- Mr Gore see all 27 comments