Analysis: Three Strikes Coming In?

This is the text of our guest editorial just published on gamesindustry.biz: Fight the Good Fight A battle is underway throughout Europe regarding the protection of online content (including videogames), in which governments, rights holders, ISPs and consumers are all weighing in and the resolution of which will have great importance for the games industry. The genesis… Continue reading Analysis: Three Strikes Coming In?

Commentary: Midway directors not guilty of fraud

The legal action brought by aggrieved shareholders in Midway Games against Midway directors over the collapse of the company has concluded with a victory for the Midway directors.  This case shows once again the dangerous fallout that can emerge from the collapse of any business.  Read on… The background is that certain shareholders in Midway… Continue reading Commentary: Midway directors not guilty of fraud

News: Australia conclusively pwns L4D2

The ongoing saga as to whether or not Australia will permit the full version of Left 4 Dead 2 in all its zombie-mowing-down glory (see here and here for previous instalments) appears finally to be come to an end. Gamesindustry.biz reports that the Australian Classification Review Board has turned down publisher EA’s appeal against a… Continue reading News: Australia conclusively pwns L4D2

News: Interplay vs Bethesda (Part 2)

We previously blogged about Interplay’s lawsuit against Bethesda regarding the Fallout series of games.  Now read on for another update in the ongoing litigation… To recap, Interplay sold the Fallout IP to Bethesda in 2007 having retained certain rights, including the rights to develop a Fallout MMO.  Bethesda has now commenced this (US) lawsuit arguing that… Continue reading News: Interplay vs Bethesda (Part 2)

Commentary: Oxygen Games in administration

Just a quick one: Oxygen Games, a UK publisher of predominantly sports titles, last week controversially entered administration – specifically, a pre-pack administration.  The full story is at Gamesindustry.biz (articles here).  Now creditors are beginning to ask questions about exactly what is going on.  The latter article carries a quote from our own Jas Purewal (reproduced below): ”… Continue reading Commentary: Oxygen Games in administration

Analysis: Can you sue someone through a game?

Using “web 2.0” means to sue people is a recent phenomenon. Most recently, a blogger has used an English High Court order served over Twitter to stop a rogue tweeter impersonating him.  Just before that, a New Zealand Court permitted service of proceedings through Facebook, as was first permitted in Australia.The question we’ve been thinking about today… Continue reading Analysis: Can you sue someone through a game?

News: Australia vs L4D2: Part 2

Another twist in the battle between Valve, Australia’s game classification board and the countless thousands of zombies which comprise Left 4 Dead 2 (see our first blog entry on this farce here; thanks for the update on this story are due to Slashdot). It seems that Valve has prepared a “compromise” version of L4D2 with which the Australian game… Continue reading News: Australia vs L4D2: Part 2