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League of Legends is blocked in Iran and Syria due to US embargo laws

The politics of the real world have impeded the possible solace or distraction of a video game. It appears that League of Legends...
Kick it down the road.

EA absurdly argues video game lootboxes are ‘surprise mechanics’

Did you think EA had maybe learned its lesson from the whole Star Wars Battlefront lockbox meltdown back in 2017, when the uproar over...
I thought about this a lot.

Twitch is suing unnamed parties over the flood of offensive content in the Artifact space

Congratulations, Artifact, you made a big impact on video games! Not because of actual players, no, but because your more or less...

Pokemon Go studio Niantic is suing PokeGo++ hackers ahead of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’s launch

Niantic and Pokemon Go have been no stranger at all to lawsuits over the years - it's just that most the suits have...
Success?

California says Riot Games is refusing to fully cooperate with its gender discrimination investigation

The Riot sexual harassment and gender discrimination fiasco is coming up on its anniversary this summer, and from a legal perspective, it's only just...

The ArcheAge consumer lawsuit against Trion Worlds is still inching onward

It seems weird to be writing about Trion Worlds again, but here we are. MMO players will recall that back in 2015, three gamers...
Kick it down the road.

Lawful Neutral: Why Josh Hawley’s lockbox regulation Senate bill is dead-on-arrival

There's a special place in my heart for lootboxes and exploitative monetization, and that place is somewhere below the revulsion I feel for Martin...

Flemish Games Association speaks out against Belgium’s loot box ban

You may recall that last year, the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) released a report in which it concluded that "the purchase of loot...

‘Gaming disorder’ has been officially added to the World Health Organization’s ICD-11

The World Health Organization has officially adopted a revision to its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11) to include "Gaming...

Anti-lootbox Senator claims gaming lobbyists are getting worried; Nintendo pulls mobile titles from Belgium over lootboxes

It's a day that ends in "y" and so that means some fresh lootbox-related news to share with you fine folks! First up is...

Rockstar restricts Red Dead Online’s poker minigame due to regional gambling laws

Last week, Rockstar gave Red Dead Online players the opportunity to settle down with some friendly games of poker, but it would...

Lawful Neutral: What DMCA exemption victories really mean for MMO preservation

You might remember back in October, we covered how the US Library of Congress granted expanded DMCA exceptions for preserving online games. The...

Riot Games isn’t budging on labor dispute even after employee walkout

As we've previously covered, employees of the League of Legends studio Riot Games walked out last week in protest over the company's...

Riot says it will allow arbitration opt-outs, eventually, but it probably won’t stave off the walkout

The continuing fiasco that is League of Legends' Riot Games continues today, though today's update is a good sign for workers at least....

Lawful Neutral: The war over Star Citizen in Crytek v. Cloud Imperium Games

Hello citizens! Today, I'm going to talk about a little game that's been flying under the radar and I think deserves some air time:...
It lurks.

Riot Games acknowledges employees planning walkout over company culture

Over the weekend, we once again covered the continuing fiasco that is League of Legends' Riot Games, when as Kotaku first reported,...
Someone must have had fun with this at some point, right?

Riot is trying to divert its employees’ gender-discrimination lawsuit to arbitration

Hoo boy. Just when it was starting to look like the seemingly interminable saga of Riot's sexual harassment and gender discrimination scandal couldn't...

Amid crunch allegations and another dance lawsuit, Epic Games challenges Steam to buff developer payouts

The conflict between Steam and its newest challenger, the Epic Games Store, has thus far been a Cold War of sorts, but the other...

PUBG Corp. is suing over the Chinese term for Chicken Dinner as Update 28 goes live

PUBG Corp. is back in court, and this time it's suing not another game company or clone but the Chinese bureaucracy itself. As MMO...

China reveals new regulatory system for online video games after more than a year of confusion

For the last year and change, we watched in slowly dawning horror during China's big game "freeze," when bureaucrats shut down avenues for...

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