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A9UTS5QTU9V4 Here’s our round-up of games news and games/law developments over the last week. Enjoy! GAMES/LAW: Stargate studio goes bankrupt, or What is Chapter 11? Need to Know: Games and the Digital Economy Bill SouthPeak loses further CDV/Gamecock legal battle Nintendo ‘wins’ modchip lawsuit, but are modchips actually illegal Down Under? GAMES INDUSTRY: Warner/Rocksteady acquisition:… Continue reading Gamer/Law weekly newsletter, 22 – 26 February 2010
GamePolitics reports that the Australian Federal Court “has ordered RSJ IT Solutions, operators of the website GadgetGear, to stop selling R4 mod chips for the Nintendo DS and to pay Nintendo $520,000 AU in damages“. You might fairly assume from that headline that modchips are illegal in Australia. Not so. When we previously discussed the… Continue reading Nintendo ‘wins’ Australian modchip lawsuit, but are modchips actually illegal Down Under?
A UK High Court judge has found games publisher SouthPeak liable for inducing copyright infringement in a long-running legal battle between CDV, a German distributor of games including Velvet Assassin and Pirates vs Ninjas, and Gamecock, a SouthPeak subsidiary. The judgment follows a November 2009 Court ruling which saw CDV win a breach of contract… Continue reading SouthPeak loses in further CDV/Gamecock legal battle
The UK Digital Economy Bill has real implications for all UK creative industries, including games, meaning gamers and the UK games industry should be paying attention to the Bill’s progress through Parliament. This post summarises what the Bill is and why it matters. What is the Digital Economy Bill? The Digital Britain Bill (“DEB” for… Continue reading Need to Know: Games and the Digital Economy Bill
Gamesindustry.biz reports that US developer Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The developer group is known chiefly for its Stargate licence (it has already made Stargate Resistance and is apparently continuing work on the forthcoming MMO Stargate Worlds). This news itself comes from a statement made on CME’s Stargate forum, which… Continue reading Stargate studio goes bankrupt, or What is Chapter 11?
Here’s our roundup of interesting games news over the last week… GAMER/LAW WEEKLY FEATURE: Games, Disability and Anti-Discrimination Laws: https://www.gamerlaw.co.uk/2010/02/games-disability-and-anti.html GAMES INDUSTRY: Atari revenues down: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/atari-announces-revenue-decline VentureBeat article on kids/toy companies and games: http://games.venturebeat.com/2010/02/17/online-firms-and-toy-companies-clash-over-kids-virtual-worlds/ (Interesting commentary on Disney’s aspirations) VIRTUAL GOODS: Interesting E&Y analysis on virtual goods and accounting: http://abovethecrowd.com/2010/02/08/virtual-goods-accounting-and-the-power-of-the-rental-model/ GMG to expand virtual currency… Continue reading Gamer/Law Weekly Newsletter, 15 – 19 February 2010
Sony succeeded last week in defeating a lawsuit by a disabled US gamer, who had claimed last year that Sony games like EverQuest violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by denying him “full and equal enjoyment” to the games. The gamer, Alexander Stern, who apparently has impaired vision, argued that Sony should provide him with… Continue reading Games, Disability and Anti-Discrimination Laws
Here’s our roundup of games news over the last week (8-15 Feb 2010) for our lucky readers (this is the first time we’ve done this on G/L, so let us know if you like it…) INDUSTRY: Results Activision-Blizzard sales up significantly: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/activision-blizzard-financials-better-than-expected and http://www.industrygamers.com/news/wow-call-of-duty-drive-activision-blizzards-sales-to-428-billion-in-09 EA sales down but digital distribution revenue up 30%: http://www.industrygamers.com/news/game-sales-dip-in-eas-holiday-quarter-as-digital-revenues-climb-30/ (more on EA… Continue reading Gamer/Law’s weekly games news roundup, 8-15 Feb 2010
When we’re not thinking big serious thoughts about games and law, there’s nothing we enjoy more here at Gamer/Law than taking things a bit retro. From the load up sound effects on our first Spectrum to the utter uselessness of R.O.B., we’re always happy to get misty eyed over the golden age of gaming and… Continue reading Ten Things You Don’t See In Games Anymore