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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.