Season’s greetings!

It’s coming to the end of the year and you know what that means…yes, it’s another bad holiday legal joke! Here we go…(oh, and happy holidays/best wishes for 2016!)  

Season’s Greetings from Gamer/Law

Hi everyone – this is a quick message to wish you all a great holiday break and best wishes for 2015!  In the meantime, I found this dusty old letter from a corner of our old client files recently and thought you might like to read it…(click on it for the full version!)

Activision v Noriega analysed: don’t make way for the bad guy

Back in July 2014 I wrote a post about whether a dictator (Manuel Noriega of Panama) could control his online image in a video game (the hit game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2)?  We now have an answer: nope.  In a short judgment which is interesting for all kinds of reasons, a Californian court has… Continue reading Activision v Noriega analysed: don’t make way for the bad guy

European Commission consultation on free to play games and ‘free’ mobile apps: an initial analysis

News broke today that the European Commission, one of three arms of the European Union, will be holding a consultation over the next two days regarding in-app purchases and free to play games and any mobile apps that call themselves ‘free’. This post is my initial analysis of this interesting (but not unexpected) development, which… Continue reading European Commission consultation on free to play games and ‘free’ mobile apps: an initial analysis

Games Workshop and the Space Marine trademark spat

The Internet recently has been full of stories about trade mark action being taken the Games Workshop, a British company well-known for creating the “Warhammer” and “Warhammer 40k” series of table-top and computer games. Specifically, it has been seeking to protect its claimed trade mark rights in the name “Space Marine”, an iconic character in… Continue reading Games Workshop and the Space Marine trademark spat

Games law update, October 2012

Hi everyone – I’m sorry there’s been a few months gap since the last games law update, but it’s been pretty busy in my personal life and I’m afraid my assiduous squirreling away of useful links for you suffered.  Here’s October 2012 in brief to help make amends…

The use and legal status of virtual goods and currency

It’s conference season right now, so guess what? I have more slides for you!  Last month I spoke at Social Gaming 2012, a conference bringing together the gambling industry and a few select figures from the interactive entertainment industry…including me.  I was asked to give a presentation on the use and legal status of virtual… Continue reading The use and legal status of virtual goods and currency