Gamer/Law’s ten 2012 predictions

You’ve guessed it: I thought I’d jump into the it’s-a-new-year-let’s-make-some-predictions business for 2012.  And, like all forward-looking predictions, I’ve mixed a few safe bets with some slightly more “punchy” predictions (which FYI is lawyer-speak for taking a massive bet on something!)  Here goes, in no particular order:

Should an employer own everything their developers do?

Over the weekend I inadvertantly sparked off an interesting debate on Twitter about the clauses in developer employment agreements which transfer ownership of the IP in their work to their employer (which was originally raised in this Ars Technica post). There’s different flavours of this kind of clause of course, from simple clauses that ensure the… Continue reading Should an employer own everything their developers do?

Insolvent Rebellion Derby faces employee issues

Update: looks like a bunch of other sites have picked up my comments on this issue, including (form a quick Google) 1UP, Nukezilla and GamePlanet.  That’s nice. Original post: Gamesindustry.biz reports on reports of unpaid wages and withheld redundancy packages have from Rebellion Derby, the former Core Design studio responsible for the creation of Tomb… Continue reading Insolvent Rebellion Derby faces employee issues

Another developer executive sacked for "insubordination"

Gamesindustry.biz reports that US developer Quest Online has sacked its president and co-founder Dave Allen for “insubordination” and replaced him with 3000AD president Derek Smart. It seems that Quest Online was “struggling” following the release of its MMO Alganon in December 2009, leading to management changes in which Dave Allen was demoted to COO but… Continue reading Another developer executive sacked for "insubordination"

Games, Disability and Anti-Discrimination Laws

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