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Lawful Neutral is a column focused on law and business in the online gaming world; it’s written by Andy McAdams. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

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...

Lawful Neutral: Defining toxicity in the MMO industry

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One of my earliest memories from World of Warcraft isn't really a positive one. It was in back in the Wrath days. My guild...

Lawful Neutral: The bizarre corporate effort to buy RuneScape studio Jagex

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Would it really be a new year without Runescape developer Jagex being involved in some sort of weird corporate sale only to be blocked...

Lawful Neutral: 2020 was the year that wasn’t for MMO legal news

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It seems surreal, but it is that time of the year again when we wax nostalgic about the year that was. Well, maybe this...
why does this continue

Lawful Neutral: The Epic vs. Apple lawsuit – when titans are tweens

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The MassivelyOP Golden Yacht was anchored someplace off the coast of Maine when the first news about Epic suing Apple hit. We had sailed...

Lawful Neutral: No really, who owns Jagex and RuneScape?

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RuneScape is one of those games that always seems to fly under my radar. It's not intentional, and I don't have anything especially against...

Lawful Neutral: Leakers, trade secrets, and lawsuits in the online gaming world

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In recent years, you might have noticed a new type of lawsuit coming out of game companies, as some of the more litigation-happy studios...

Lawful Neutral: Cheating, copyright law, and the WoW Glider lawsuit

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I have fond memories of using the Game Genie on my NES. To my seven-year-old self, it was a godsend. So many Nintendo games...
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Lawful Neutral: Examining the infamous MMO lockbox, 2020 edition

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I have a soft spot for paranormal horror. I love movies about demons, ghosts, hauntings, possessions. There's one particular movie from the early aughts...

Lawful Neutral: Examining DDoS attacks and their impact on MMOs

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When I was younger, used to play with LEGOs with my cousins all the time. We'd spend time creating huge houses and vehicles that...

Lawful Neutral: Examining the ArcheAge class action lawsuit – and what it means for gamers

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Gamers threaten lawsuits a lot. Most of the time they threaten lawsuits over things that aren't really something they can sue over, usually due...

Lawful Neutral: A look back at the MMO industry’s law dramas of 2019

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It's hard to believe that 2019 is almost over. Not necessarily unwelcome, but hard to believe. 2019 has been a year in more ways...

Lawful Neutral: When Marvel sued NCsoft over City of Heroes

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One of the biggest MMORPG genre stories over the last year has been the ongoing saga/drama around the bizarre but very much welcomed rebirth...

Lawful Neutral: What’s China really worth to the Western gaming industry?

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You know what we never talk about these days? China and video games! We should do that more. For example, did you know that...

Lawful Neutral: Endorsements, disclosures, and the games industry

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Infomercials are the worst. There's nothing quite as infuriating as turning on the TV only to find a 30-minute commercial about how people can't...

Lawful Neutral: Examining Ashes of Creation’s controversial referral program

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I have a really hard time taking anything seriously that refers to money as "bucks." You'll recall that I opened the Lawful Neutral column...
WHAT THE NOW

Lawful Neutral: The long fall of Project Copernicus’ 38 Studios

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There are some MMO stories that are just unbelievable. They are so warped convoluted and confusing that we think there's no possible way it...

Lawful Neutral: Money laundering and micro-laundering in the MMO industry

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Previously on Lawful Neutral, we talked about currency and how video game companies try very hard to not be classified as a currency because...

Lawful Neutral: Mr. Krabs’ Wacky Bucks and currency in online games

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I used to watch Spongebob religiously. I loved the days when I could put on Nickelodeon and have Spongebob on for hours. One of...

Lawful Neutral: Dance studios, canvas bags, and ‘false advertising’ in the MMO industry

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As I was writing our Lawful Neutral expose of Nerd Kingdom a few weeks ago, I was pretty bothered by the conduct of the...

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