Last year, we started a new end-of-the-year tradition: a recap of all the legal and political dramas that have affected the MMO genre over the last 12 months. Notably in 2018, we saw…
- Criminal cases proceeded against the Call of Duty swatter and accomplices.
- The Crytek v. Cloud Imperium lawsuit over CryEngine and Star Citizen all but wrapped up.
- So did the ZeniMax Oculus lawsuit.
- Then there was the class action over Fallout 76.
- Multiple world governments are now investigating lockboxes, including the US. Belgium even began a criminal investigation into some of the games it accused of noncompliance with its gambling laws.
- Germany refused to enforce a US ruling against botmaker Bossland in favor of Blizzard.
- PUBG Corp. got into it with NetEase over copyright infringement. NetEase retaliated.
- Riot Games was sued over gender discrimination following a major corporate expose.
But if you’re looking for more of a “legal history” angle, check out Justin’s timely piece on the legal mess that was Interplay’s original but canceled Fallout Online. Enjoy!