Legal

CD Projekt Red Settles Royalty Dispute with The Witcher Auhtor

A royalties dispute between The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski and developer CD Projekt Red is coming to a close. A Polish publication (via WCCFTech) reports that CD Projekt Red will be giving Sapkowski a portion of the amount he requested.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Faces Lawsuit by Real-life Pinkertons

Rockstar and Take-Two are facing legal issues over open-world cowboy-’em-up Red Dead Redemption 2. The business filing the lawsuit, Pinkerton Consulting and Investigations, is seeking royalty payments over two characters who work for the 19th century version of the company.

Gearbox Legal Battle Becomes Messy Public Affair

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and the studio’s formal general counsel Wade Callender are suing each other in a messy legal battle. These accusations include claims of siphoning money as well as some much more disturbing claims.

Star Control: Origins Removed from Steam and GOG Over DMCA

Two designers of the 1990 MS-DOS game Star Control, Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III, have issued DMCA takedown notices against the company Stardock. This has resulted in spiritual successor/reboot Star Control: Origins being pulled from Steam and GOG.

Soulja Boy Pulls Emulator Consoles From His Online Store

Rapper DeAndre Cortez Way, aka Soulja Boy, is throwing in the towel on his attempt to sell emulator consoles. Both versions of the SouljaGame, handheld and console, are no longer available on his website after less than a month of being on sale.

Fortnite, 2K, Sued by Alfonso Riberio Over Carlton Dance

Alfonso Riberio, the actor who played Carlton Banks in the 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-air, is suing Epic Games over an emote in Fortnite. He’s also filed a similar lawsuit against 2K for similar reasons.

Starbreeze Raided in Insider Trading Investigation

Starbreeze Studios, the creators of Payday 2 and Overkill’s The Walking Dead, had their offices raided by the Swedish Economic Crime Authority (ECO or EBM) yesterday in an insider trading investigation. There has been one arrest so far.

Australian Parliament Seeks ‘Comprehensive Review’ of Loot Boxes

A 90-page report released this Tuesday by the Australian Senate Environment and Communications References Committee calls for the Australian government to pursue a “comprehensive review of loot boxes in video games”. The report is the result of a months-long investigation that started back in June 2018.

FTC Agrees to Investigate Loot Boxes

During a meeting yesterday with the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security , the United States Federal Trade Commission confirmed that they will investigate loot boxes. FTC chairman Joseph Simmons, who announced this plan, was asked to begin the investigation by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who previously raised concerns about loot boxe...[Read More]

Loot Boxes Implicated in UK Gambling Study

In a story reported by the BBC, the UK’s Gambling Commission has found that the number of kids age 11-16 with gambling problems has quadrupled within two years. The findings in the report implicate the possibility of loot boxes being a gateway to gambling.

Call of Duty Swatter Pleads Guilty to 51 Charges

Late last year, a falsely reported hostage situation lead to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Yesterday, Tyler R. Barriss, one of the men charged for this crime, plead guilty to 51 charges, including making interstate threats and threatening to kill another person.

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.