Commentary: More Eve shenanigans

A couple of more interesting Eve-related stories (as recently reported, Eve is an interesting place for games lawyers). Yet more theft in Eve First up, Massively reports that CCP Games have announced, breaches of the rules governing their Volunteer Program.  The Volunteer Program consists of gamers who give of their time to help out CCP and fellow… Continue reading Commentary: More Eve shenanigans

News: Australia and Germany pwn L4D2 and Wolfenstein respectively

An eventful week in the ongoing battle between national regulators and the games industry. Australia vs Left 4 Dead 2Australia has banned Left 4 Dead 2 on the basis that it is, well, just too violent. Apparently the Australia game classification system simply does not contain an 18+ rating and, L4D2 being what is is,… Continue reading News: Australia and Germany pwn L4D2 and Wolfenstein respectively

News: Interplay vs Bethesda

Bethesda has commenced Court proceedings in the USA against Interplay over the Fallout series of games (story first covered by Gamasutra).  The facts seems to be: Interplay sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda in 2007, as part of which they agreed that Interplay would retain certain license rights, including the right to develop a Fallout MMO. … Continue reading News: Interplay vs Bethesda

Commentary: EVE player tries to corner market, doesn’t work

A high-profile case of insider trading was uncovered yesterday in the MMO Eve Online (thanks to Massively for writing about this first). Some background: two of Eve’s most impressive features are that, firstly, by and large it has an (almost) completely unregulated economy which is effectively run by and for players in a kind of… Continue reading Commentary: EVE player tries to corner market, doesn’t work

Commentary: Video Recordings Act – Epic Fail

This week saw us fascinated by news that the much-loved Video Recordings Act 1984 was never officially enacted and therefore cannot be enforced. Passed amid a moral panic over “video nasties”, the act regulates the classification of both films and games in the UK and creates an offence where a work is sold to an… Continue reading Commentary: Video Recordings Act – Epic Fail