Blizzard to contest Valve’s DOTA trademark application?

I wrote earlier this month about the Legal Battle Brewing Over DOTA, a popular free to play Warcraft 3 mod which Valve is now planning to revamp and release commercially.  I said in that post that I think the fact that the DOTA IP is split across multiple developers means that we will see legal… Continue reading Blizzard to contest Valve’s DOTA trademark application?

Opinion: the legal fight brewing over DOTA 2

UPDATE: Now Blizzard have begun to get involved a little more actively in the DOTA matter, which raises the stakes on the trademark front – see more from me on that here. So, Valve announced DOTA 2 yesterday.  This is of course a sequel (of sorts) to the wildly popular Warcraft III custom map, Defense of the… Continue reading Opinion: the legal fight brewing over DOTA 2

"The goal is to make Facebook Credits into an international virtual currency"

Here’s that quote again: “The goal is to make Facebook Credits into an international virtual currency”.  The quote comes from a VentureBeat article summarising a talk from Facebook’s Deborah Liu at the Virtual Goods Summit in San Francisco, in which she discussed Facebook teaming up with virtual currency services provider Playspan in order to ramp up… Continue reading "The goal is to make Facebook Credits into an international virtual currency"

Opinion: why PopCap had to say yes to Blizzard

Last month, news emerged that Blizzard will introduce an homage to Popcap’s hit game Plants vs Zombies in the forthcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Cataclysm.   Apparently there will be a Plants v Zombies themed quest chain in the game, including the ability to…well, fight zombies with plants.  It seems that Popcap had collaborated closely with… Continue reading Opinion: why PopCap had to say yes to Blizzard

Langdell v EA, Part 2

I wrote last week about the Tim Langdell/Edge Games’ lawsuit against EA over a range of “Edge”-related trademarks, in which Mr Langdell took a beating to put it lightly.  Here’s a few updates since then: Rob Crossley at Develop reports that Edge Games is also involved in a legal dispute with Future Publishing, publisher of Edge… Continue reading Langdell v EA, Part 2

Medal of Honor, Games Classification and Free Speech

I’ve been meaning for some time to write about two things: (1) EA’s stunt over introducing the Taliban into Medal of Honor as a playable faction, and their subsequent u-turn; and (2) the pending US Supreme Court case over games classification in California.  In both cases, I am v interested in what these developments mean for… Continue reading Medal of Honor, Games Classification and Free Speech

Langdell v EA: what the lawsuit really means

It was revealed today that Tim Langdell, the man behind Edge Games, has comprehensively lost his lawsuit claiming that EA had infringed his “EDGE” trademarks when it released “Mirror’s Edge”.   The case is one of a number of recent attempts by Langdell to protect these alleged trademarks – all of which are thrown into serious question… Continue reading Langdell v EA: what the lawsuit really means