The latest on the Infinity Ward lawsuit

The Infinity Ward lawsuit – the epic games industry lawsuit between Activision, EA and the founders of Call of Duty creator Infinity Ward – was meant to go to trial yesterday.  It hasn’t…but it’s still rumbling on.  In fact, it’s been pretty busy.  I thought I’d summarise quickly some of those recent developments:

20 Contract Questions: how do I get to the contract stage?

This is the second of my series of posts called 20 Contract Questions, addressing some of the most commonly asked contract questions I’m asked as well as the key matters I think you need to know to help you negotiate and manage a contract successfully. So, we talked last time around about what a contract… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: how do I get to the contract stage?

20 Contract Questions: What is a contract?

This is the first of my series of posts called 20 Contract Questions, addressing some of the most commonly asked contract questions I’m asked as well as the key matters I think you need to know to help you negotiate and manage a contract successfully. What is a contract? A contract is a legally enforceable… Continue reading 20 Contract Questions: What is a contract?

Introducing 20 Contract Questions…

UPDATE: thanks to Twitter, there’s been a burst of activity about this section of Gamer/Law.  Part 5 of this 20 part series is coming later this week! Contracts are pretty important in any games or tech business (or any business at all for that matter). I spend at least half of each working day working… Continue reading Introducing 20 Contract Questions…

Some thoughts about gacha

There’s been a lot of talk about something called ‘gacha’ or ‘complete gacha’ this month, after the Japanese government announced that they intended to regulate it – which directly affected the share price of Japanese social/mobile gaming giants like GREE and DeNA.  So, what is it and why did the Japanese government decide to regulate… Continue reading Some thoughts about gacha

Could the Xbox 360 be banned in the USA?

It’s common knowledge there are a range of patent wars ongoing in technology right now (which I’ve previously written about here).  One of those patent wars is between Motorola and Microsoft over the Xbox 360 console – and boy, it’s getting hot.  My friend Florian Mueller of Foss Patents told me about it and it… Continue reading Could the Xbox 360 be banned in the USA?

Are second hand software sales legal?

The second hand sale of software excites lots of emotive debate: is it a good thing for consumers by giving them choices at more flexible price points, or is it killing publishers? Both?  While that debate continues to rage, a couple of recent legal cases have got me thinking: are second hand software sales actually legal?… Continue reading Are second hand software sales legal?

Games Law Update: April 2012

Hi everyone – here’s your dollop of games law news over the last month, curated by yours truly… Lawsuits: The big daddy in games lawsuits approaches: the Infinity Ward/Activision/EA lawsuit apparently has a trial date set of May 29th 2012.  Regular readers will know I’ve been following this lawsuit with great interest for some time. … Continue reading Games Law Update: April 2012