US developer sues Michigan over games tax break

Here’s an interesting angle on the games tax break debate: a US developer is suing two branches of the state of Michigan for denying his application for a gamex tax break (via Detroit Free Press) Nathaniel McClure, CEO of developer Scientifically Proven, said that he moved his company to Michigan to take advantage of its… Continue reading US developer sues Michigan over games tax break

More on the Activision/Infinity Ward lawsuit

More interesting details have emerged in the two lawsuits being brought against Activision over the Modern Warfare IP.  To recap, the first lawsuit is by former Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West over the circumstances in which they were sacked from the Activision-owned developer of the Modern Warfare series of games, and which… Continue reading More on the Activision/Infinity Ward lawsuit

Edge and PC Gamer love Gamer/Law

Some flagrant self-publication here I’m afraid: This month’s edition of Edge magazine, the bible of video games culture, includes an interview with me on  the impact of DRM and intellectual property trends on the games industry. Also, this month’s edition of PC Gamer features some thoughts from me on the legal issues underpinning virtual goods… Continue reading Edge and PC Gamer love Gamer/Law

UK govt snubs games tax break…again

David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, has managed to snub the games tax break once again but failing explicitly to answer a question put to him in Prime Minister’s Questions as to why his government had failed to implement the tax break (thanks to Develop for this one). Dundee MP Jim McGovern (Labour) asked Cameron… Continue reading UK govt snubs games tax break…again

Interplay and Bethesda quietly settle Fallout lawsuit?

For much of this year, Interplay and Bethesda have been at each other’s throats in a lawsuit over which of them owns the IP in the Fallout series of games (more on that here).  Earlier this year, Bethesda tried but failed to secure a preliminary injunction blocking Interplay from doing any further Fallout-related work, including… Continue reading Interplay and Bethesda quietly settle Fallout lawsuit?

Games Law History: the Tetris saga

Legal battles have been (and still are) integral to the development of the modern video games industry.  So, I thought that I’d write a periodic series of posts looking at major legal battles in the industry, kicking off with the Tetris saga between Nintendo and Atari, which started around this time in summer 1989.  A… Continue reading Games Law History: the Tetris saga