News has broken that Manuel Noriega, the former military dictator of Panama, is suing Activision on the claim that his name and likeness is used as a supporting character in the latest game in the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty game series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. In a nutshell: the game is set in the 1980s and… Continue reading Noriega v Activision: can a dictactor control his online image?
The Tetris Company has won a court case against the developer of an iOS Tetris clone – this is a really significant legal development in fighting clones, so I’m quite excited about it. The case is here and is reported on extensively by the 1709 copyright law blog (via Rosie Burbidge – thanks!), which I recommend you read,… Continue reading Tetris wins the first legal victory against clones
Timegame Studios, developer of the Section 8 first person shooter, has just won an interesting lawsuit against publisher SouthPeak Interactive (via Houston Press and Courthouse News). The case is a useful reminder of both the strength and weaknesses of arbitration, as well giving us some useful practical tips for drafting good publishing agreements (skip to… Continue reading Timegate beats Southpeak in Section 8 lawsuit
Activision has obtained court permission to join EA to its lawsuit against former Infinity Ward executives Jason West and Vince Zampella, according to Joystiq. You can read more about the recent steps in this increasingly bitter lawsuit here. What this latest development means is that, barring any other unforeseen developments, the trial will go ahead… Continue reading Activision joins EA to Infinity Ward lawsuit
UPDATE: apparently, West and Zampella have filed a response to Activision’s application to enlarge its lawsuit against them, basically complaining that Activision is trying to bankrupt them in the litigation. Ouch. Ofc, hopefully they have more substantive grounds for opposing Activision, but since irritatingly no one has published the court documents, I can’t check :/… Continue reading More on the Infinity Ward lawsuit: EA to join the party?
38 former and current employees of Infinity Ward, the US developer behind the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, have sued Activision Blizzard claiming that they are owed between $75 million and $125 million in unpaid royalties and potentially more in compensatory damages, reports the LA Times. This lawsuit follows on from the lawsuit by former Infinity… Continue reading Former Activision employees join Infinity Ward exec lawsuit
This is a post for games developers and publishers about lawsuits and what you can do when you face one. Lawsuits are a fact of life in all businesses, the games business included. Lawsuits can come out of virtually anywhere: a disgruntled consumer, a rival looking to get ahead, a business partner who thinks you’ve… Continue reading Games lawsuits and what you can do about them