The first virtual currency crime: hacker jailed after $12m Zynga theft

Last week a hacker faced a substantial prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing approxmately $12 million worth of Zynga chips, a virtual currency used in its poker game.  This is big stuff (more on that below). I spoke with Develop about this fascinating development – here’s their article: “An IT businessman is facing a… Continue reading The first virtual currency crime: hacker jailed after $12m Zynga theft

Digital Chocolate sues Zynga over Mafia Wars

Digital Chocolate is suing fellow social games developer Zynga in the US over Zynga’s game Mafia Wars.  Digital Chocolate, which released its own Mafia Wars cell-phone game in 2004 (5 years before Zynga’s Mafia Wars), argues that it owns the rights in Mafia Wars and that Zynga has knowingly infringed those rights.  Digital Chocolate claims that Zynga has “falsely… Continue reading Digital Chocolate sues Zynga over Mafia Wars

FarmViller player runs up £900 debt, could be sued by mother?

The Guardian reports “a mother has warned of the risk of children spending hundreds of pounds on ‘free’ online games available through Facebook after her 12-year-old son ran up bills of more than £900 without her knowledge“.  This raises interesting issues about the extent to which she could recover her losses: in a nutshell, only if… Continue reading FarmViller player runs up £900 debt, could be sued by mother?