Vietnam takes steps to control online games

Vietnam.net reports that the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) is working on a draft decision on managing online games in Vietnam.  This has interesting implications for the regulation and sale of games in Vietnam, one of the big games markets in the Far East. Managing online games: Says Vietnam.net: “According to the draft decision, the… Continue reading Vietnam takes steps to control online games

Opinion: games and the Byron Progress Review

In 2007, Tania Byron was asked by the UK government to conduct an “independent review looking at the risks to children from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games“.  This became the Byron Review in 2008, which made a number of proposals to better protect children online.  In… Continue reading Opinion: games and the Byron Progress Review

Should Griefing Be Criminalised?

I just read a paper by Leslie Garfield, a Professor of Law at Pace University in the USA, about whether intentional infliction of emotional distress over the internet (e.g. cyber-bullying) should be criminalised.  This has got me thinking – should griefing be criminalised too? Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/gamerlaw or subscribe to our weekly email newsletter… Continue reading Should Griefing Be Criminalised?

Digital Economy Bill may become law before election

A quick one: the Guardian reports that “senior media industry figures believe” that the Digital Economy Bill will become law before the forthcoming general election (expected in April/May 2010). Interesting to speculate who these unnamed sources are, or why they think the Bill will be pushed through soonish.  To us, at the moment, there seems to… Continue reading Digital Economy Bill may become law before election

Need to Know: Games and the Digital Economy Bill

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

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