A look back at the MMO industry’s law dramas of 2017

    
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In all our many roundups at the turn of the year, we’ve never done one on the legal dramas that have affected the MMO genre. That changes today!

Of note, there’s…

  • the lockbox scuffle as various countries turn their watchful gaze on the industry and self-regulation collapses in a puddle of shrugs;
  • the Crytek lawsuit against Star Citizen studio Cloud Imperium;
  • the potential for dead online games to skirt DMCA laws;
  • multiple Pokemon Go-inspired lawsuits and criminal trials;
  • the end of the Warner Bros. and Tolkien estate lawsuit;
  • the continuation of the Oculus/ZeniMax Media lawsuit;
  • the cease-and-desist filed against Asheron’s Call emulators;
  • and a whole ton of Blizzard lawsuits, including the capsizing of the Bossland cheaters following multiple Blizz victories.

My favorite, however, is Andrew’s research into whether lockboxes legally constitute gambling – from last January. Enjoy!

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Crowe

The Rift/Starfall one was my personal favorite. Like anyone would confuse the charity with the incomplete-at-launch game. Weak lawsuit.

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Dividion

Tokien? What the L?

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Melissa McDonald

I don’t know why I can’t summon up any passion for the lockbox/lootbox thing. Maybe i’m too casual of a gamer for it to affect me, I don’t know.

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Koshelkin

From which game is this screenshot?