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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."


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


"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.


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.


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

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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.


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.


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

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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.


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

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Ubisoft goes after author in Assassin's Creed dispute

By John Keefer, May 31, 2012 1:00pm PDT

Ubisoft is filing a complaint of their own against the author who sued the publisher over the Assassin's Creed franchise.


"You can sue anyone for just about anything. Whether your suit has legal merit is another issue ..."

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Replay Games sets legal sights on Sam Suede project

By John Keefer, May 30, 2012 4:45pm PDT

A new Sam Suede Kickstarter has been launched and it is already getting the some unwanted publicity.


"yeah they are skating on the edge of the truth. He was involved in creating the character (Sam) ..."

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No Doubt suit against Activision moving forward

By Steve Watts, May 30, 2012 4:15pm PDT

No Doubt's case against Activision has been allowed to go forward to a jury, a Superior Court judge has determined.


"With only the information provided in this little article, I'd actually have to agree with you. ..."

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Settlement possible in Call of Duty trial

By John Keefer, May 30, 2012 2:45pm PDT

A pre-trial hearing in the Activision-Infinity Ward case has been yet again delayed as the parties huddle privately to secure a possible settlement.


"Evidence allowed into the trial, damning PR of activities, etc. They *may* have thought that ..."

- sukabljat see all 6 comments

Epic Games wins 'on all counts' in Silicon Knights lawsuit

By Andrew Yoon, May 30, 2012 12:00pm PDT

The years-long lawsuit between Silicon Knights and Epic Games has come to an end, with the jury ruling in favor of Epic "on all counts."


"SK is an overrated and flawed developer. All of their games are excellent ideas executed horribly."

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