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Lawful Neutral: Recapping the MMO industry’s legal dramas, 2021 edition

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With meatspace commitments causing no-end of stress and herculean amounts of work for me, Lawful Neutral had a bit of a slow year that...

Activision-Blizzard labor organizers score win for contractors as the Actiblizz lawsuits continue

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Last week, following the brutal Activision-Blizzard investor call that saw the delay of multiple Blizzard titles and a stock plummet, the A Better ABK...

Activision-Blizzard partly meets some worker demands, dramatically cuts Bobby Kotick’s compensation

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At 5:15 a.m. EDT this morning, Activision-Blizzard's PR team dropped a lengthy letter from CEO Bobby Kotick, addressing everything from the ongoing pandemic to...
Technopathological.

Lawful Neutral: Managing toxicity in the MMO industry

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When I'm playing games, I make a lot of use of the reporting function. If I see a moonkin zerg farming a spot in...
It knows you sinned.

Activision-Blizzard requests venue change and pause in DFEH lawsuit, says it’s fired 20 people for misconduct

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In the course of our coverage of the Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination scandal and the ensuing legal battle, we've noted that multiple state...

Malaysia’s mufti calls out lockboxes as gambling, states buying them is not permissible in Islamic religion

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To appreciate this story, one has to first understand the concept behind a mufti and performing something that's against the religion of Islam. A...

Union organizers call Activision-Blizzard’s $18M EEOC settlement a ‘slap in the face’

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Monday night, we reported on a planned settlement between Activision-Blizzard and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC was one of four state...

Regulators in China and the UK turn their eyes toward streaming, gaming currency

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China isn't content to bulldoze its own local gaming industry by freezing game approvals, blocking kids from gaming outside of tiny windows, and freaking...
The Olympic committee looks really different now.

Activision-Blizzard says it’s settling with the EEOC, committing $18M to victims and charities

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Last week, we covered the revelation that multiple federal agencies, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, were...
Oh my.

Activision-Blizzard is now being investigated by four state and federal regulators as its top legal VP departs

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Yesterday, we covered the news that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is now investigating Activision-Blizzard in the wake of its ongoing sexual harassment...
YOUR MONEY IS NOW OUR MONEY, AND WE WILL USE IT TO BUY DRUGS

The Epic v. Apple ruling permanently stops Apple from blockading third-party purchasing

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Happy Friday, and happy one more entry in the longrunning Epic-Apple feud, as today, the judge in the Epic v. Apple lawsuit, Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers,...

China’s new kid gaming time regulations are already causing industry trainwrecks

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At the end of August, we noted that China was following through on its plan to set extreme limits on minors' gaming time -...

China now limits minors’ gaming time to three hours a week, indicates anti-monopoly policies are forthcoming

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The Chinese government is introducing a significant crackdown on gaming for minors as state media has reported that children will only be allowed to...

South Korea plans to abandon its 10-year-old ‘Cinderella law’ gaming curfew for kids

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If you can stretch your brain back a decade, you might remember a flurry of articles in the western press about a gaming curfew...

Former developers of 38 Studios are receiving a portion of their final paychecks after a nine year wait

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The long, sad story of Curt Schilling's defunct 38 Studios has written its final chapter, and much like the entire history of the game...

Former RuneScape composer sentenced to 22 months in prison for sexual assault

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Ian Taylor, the former composer for both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, has admitted to the sexual assault of a young girl and has...
We never like these things.

Congress asks publishers to self-regulate lootboxes via a UK regulation that has nothing to do with lootboxes

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There are some Democrats in the US Congress that are hoping to do something about lootboxes in the country. That's good. They even went...

Activision-Blizzard sexism scandal day 17: More esports sponsors consider abandoning Overwatch League

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In the course of our reporting on the ongoing Blizzard sexual harassment and sexual discrimination scandal that's now prompted multiple lawsuits, we noted that...
Point.

Activision-Blizzard Day 14: Brack and Meschuk exits, fraud lawsuit, proto-union, and Q2 financials

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It's been a helluva Tuesday in the swamps of the Activision-Blizzard sexism scandal: The day opened with the departure of J. Allen Brack from...

Tencent reacts to Chinese state media calling online games ‘spiritual opium’ by adding new restrictions

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Young online game fans in China are going to be facing some new restrictions from Tencent-operated games. That's in response to an article from...

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