Legal

Brazilian Government Calls for Removal of Steam Game

Valve’s policies on what is acceptable on the Steam store are once again a hot-button issue. Brazil is calling for the removal of a game called Bolsomito 2K18, claiming it’s designed to influence their elections.

Proposed South Korea Bill Targets Harassment in Online Games

South Korea, the worldwide leader in eSports, is considering a bill that could curtail sexual harassment in online games. Proposed by National Assembly Women’s and Family Committee secretary Kim Sumin, this bill could make online sexual harassment a crime punishable in court.

EA Sports Faces Legal Problems With Belgium Loot Box Laws

A country and a creator of annual soccer/football video games are butting heads in the legal field of battle. Due to a failure to comply with Belgian gambling laws, EA Sports is now the target of a criminal investigation.

Steam Approves First Uncensored Adult Game

Steam is just about ready to allow uncensored adult games with the approval of their first uncensored adult game. If everything goes well, the spicy visual novel Negligee: Love Stories will be the first game to be released uncensored.

Steam is Changing How it Filters Violent and Sexual Content

In a recent post on the official Steam blog, Valve outlined some new changes the store and how it filters more mature content. Valve also gave some clarification on what they consider “straight-up trolling” when it comes to games the store won’t take.

2K Games Asks Belgian Fans to Contest Loot Box Ban

Not every company is willing to let Belgium’s ban on loot boxes stand unopposed. In a public statement, 2K Games is asking their fans in Belgium to tell the government that loot boxes are not gambling.

Adult Games Still Struggling with Steam

Two months ago, Steam made some drastic changes to their marketplace. Adult-oriented visual novels, despite not having to worry about being pulled, still seem to be getting the short end of the stick as Valve says it could take months to start the approval process on those kinds of games.

Germany Relaxes Nazi Imagery Ban on Video Games

Video games in Germany have long faced a blanket ban on the usage of Nazi imagery. However, a recent press release means that games will now be able to use such imagery on a case-by-case basis.

Steam Game Abstractism Pulled for Scamming Marketplace Buyers, Cryptocurrency Mining

Steam pulled a platformer game by the name of Abstractism from the marketplace yesterday after some worrying allegations. Not only has the game been selling fake Team Fortress 2 items, it also supposedly is a cryptocurreny miner.

Nintendo Sues and Shuts Down Two Big ROM Sites

Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against the owner of two large ROM-distributing websites. The damages could lead up to $100 million and an injunction in order to gain control over the domain names.

Germany Bans Vague Pre-order Release Dates

The Higher Regional Court of Munich has reached a ruling in a 2016 consumer protection claim. German retailers can no longer list products, including video games, for pre-order with generic phrases like “coming soon” and must provide a concrete date.

French Gambling Regulator Deems Loot Boxes Not Gambling. Yet.

ARJEL, France’s regulatory body on gambling, has just released their 2017-2018 activity report. Although the report criticizes the practice of loot boxes, it ruled that they don’t fall under the legal definition of gambling.

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