A touch of class? Class actions and the games industry

Our article on class actions has been published on Gamesindustry.biz: “Disputes are inevitable in any industry. They can be can be expensive, time-consuming and risky, but they are often caused by genuine differences between businesses – from time to time deals fall through and contracts are broken, which may lead to the innocent party feeling… Continue reading A touch of class? Class actions and the games industry

Australia turns banhammer on Modern Warfare 2?

We’ve previously blogged about South Australia’s (ultimately successful) attempt to cut everything popular out of Left 4 Dead 2 – bye bye gore, violence and (presumably) the more offensive zombies, on the basis that Austalia’s game classification system only goes up to 15 and L4D2 as a game goes well beyond that rating.  The obvious… Continue reading Australia turns banhammer on Modern Warfare 2?

Litigation stormclouds over the games industry

Disputes are inevitable in any industry.  Sometimes disputes are generated by genuine differences between businesses –  from time to time deals fall through and contracts are broken, which can lead to one party feeling aggrieved and deserving justice.   Sometimes, dispute resolution is deployed as a useful business strategy against a competitor.  And there is also… Continue reading Litigation stormclouds over the games industry

Celebrities, attack!

Activision releases Band Hero and, very soon after, the rock band No Doubt sue Activision for unauthorised use of the band in the game amounting allegedly to the band being turned into a “virtual karaoke circus act“.  Before that, Courtney Love kicks up a stink about the use of Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5. … Continue reading Celebrities, attack!