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MMO Business Roundup: Philly’s Overwatch arena, the PUBG Netease settlement, and GDC’s record showing

Welcome back to the MMO Business Roundup! Remember about a year ago when the battle royale industry started trying to sue everyone into oblivion?...
YOUR MONEY IS NOW OUR MONEY, AND WE WILL USE IT TO BUY DRUGS

Lawful Neutral: Dancing around Fortnite’s copyright lawsuits

Welcome friends to the inaugural post of Lawful Neutral on Massively OP. I'm Andy, but you know me better as Serrenity, writer of...

Daybreak’s definitely-not-owner Columbus Nova is back in national news again

Does it ever seem weird to you when companies involved in gaming show up in big political dramas in the real world? Because it...

Indian police arrest 10 over PUBG ban

Four cities in the Indian state of Gujarat have instituted a ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds over concern that the game causes violent behavior....

Legal proceedings between Crytek and Star Citizen’s Cloud Imperium move to alternative dispute resolution

Just when we all thought the matter had seen a major roadblock in the proceedings, a new chapter in the game engine lawsuit...
There appears to be a Pattern.

Third law firm joins the chorus threatening suits against Activision Blizzard over the Bungie split

Stop me if you've heard this one: In the wake of the split between Activision Blizzard and Bungie, with the latter regaining full rights...

Call of Duty swatter requests the minimum 20 to 25 year prison sentence

The Call of Duty player whose 2017 swatting call resulted in an innocent man's death is now facing sentencing in federal court, where...
Not red, nor falling.

ZeniMax Media is hit with a trademark dispute over a filing for ‘Redfall’

What is "Redfall?" We don't know just yet, beyond the fact that it's a trademark filed by ZeniMax Media (the parent company of Bethesda...

The Pokemon Go trespassing lawsuit’s proposed settlement terms are absurdly reasonable

Remember back in 2016 when Pokemon Go news was bonkers? We covered multiple lawsuits revolving around the game, including one lodged against...

Pennsylvania legislators introduce video game ‘sin tax’ bill

Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced a bill that seeks to institute a tax on mature-rated video games sold in the state. House Bill 109 would...
Oh great.

That ancient ArcheAge consumer lawsuit against Trion reveals possible rebrand

Over the last couple of years, we've been covering a player-led lawsuit against Trion Worlds. Back in 2015, three gamers alleged that Trion...

Escape from Tarkov devs apparently abused DMCA to target more than one YouTube critic

Back in December, we covered trouble brewing in the Escape From Tarkov community, as Russian developer Battlestate stood accused of abusing DMCA takedowns...

Guild Wars 2 compensates those suspended unjustly in 2018 spyware cheater purge thanks to victim’s GDPR sleuthing

Last April, the Guild Wars 2 community was shaken by the news that over 1500 players had been suspended from the game after...

EA cuts sale of FIFA currency in Belgium in ongoing lootbox legal conflict

Remember back in 2018 when Belgium cracked down on gambleboxes in video games, zeroing in on Overwatch, FIFA 18, and CSGO and

There’s another investor suit mounting against Activision, this one alleging fraud in Bungie split

The controversy over the sudden split between Destiny 2 developer Bungie and longtime publishing partner Activision continues with the announcement that...

NetEase joins Tencent in move for ‘anti-addiction’ curfews on Chinese mobile gamers

NetEase has once again become a household name for gamers thanks to its partnership with Blizzard on Diablo Immortal and many other titles, but...
Of course, you can argue that the lack of BfA is actually a positive.

China’s third round of game approvals still omits Tencent and NetEase

There are a lot of game companies in China, but Tencent and NetEase are the two titans with huge stables of titles, numerous online...
Looking forward to adding homegirl.

Heroes of the Storm professionals file lawsuit against former team owner over withheld payments

Five members of the now-defunct professional Heroes of the Storm team Naventic have filed a lawsuit against the team's former owner, James Ross...
Back again, etc.

Activision investors are now investigating whether the Bungie split involves securities fraud

Two days ago, Activision and Bungie announced an early split of their long-running partnership, a split that transferred publishing rights for the...

Revisions to Japanese law make console and save data modding illegal

Japan's Association of Copyright for Computer Software is going after console modders in some recent revisions to the country's Unfair Competition Prevention Law. According...

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