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

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...

CIG fires back in response to Crytek’s request to pause Squadron 42 lawsuit

Earlier this month we reported on a request from Crytek to halt its ongoing breach of contract lawsuit against Star Citizen studio...
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? No. You smell bad.

ArcheAge players score $420,000 in ancient class action suit over consumer law violations

We've been following the saga of the ArcheAge lawsuit for what seems like ages now. Back in 2015, three gamers filed a class...

Crytek’s latest legal maneuvering against CIG suggests Squadron 42 won’t release this summer

The long, drawn out, snail-paced legal fight between CIG and Crytek has taken one more step, but this one seems to have some direct...

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

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...

There’s another Fortnite dance legal battle brewing, this one over Dancing Pumpkin Man

Remember back when gobs of entertainers were trying to sue Epic Games for taking their dances and shoving them into Fortnite to sell...
To most people, that's actual money.

Riot Games will pay $10 million to settle its ‘bro culture’ gender discrimination lawsuit

Back in August, the LA Times reported that Riot Games had agreed to settle the class-action discrimination lawsuit lodged against it. The suit...
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An MMO character ‘worth’ $1.4M was sold in China for $552

So here's a fun story of people being particularly... odd. Let's go with odd. Player A, hereafter referred to as "Scrooge McDuck," spends...

MMO Business Roundup: Amazon, gaming toxicity research, Blizzard’s court victory, and why people love Mike Morhaime

Business business business! We're back for another speedy Friday afternoon roundup of some MMO and games industry business news. Amazon's next big thing We're not sure...

Lawful Neutral: When Marvel sued NCsoft over City of Heroes

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...

Fortnite’s Epic Games cracks down on leakers and banned streamers

It's a bundle of Fortnite-related news, and not the fun kind about updates or other things. It's a bundle of... well, of awful...
Here's Mei! You like mei, right?

China is really adding that youth gaming curfew and block on sex and gore in games

Sometimes it's easy to forget that gamers over in China have it very different than we do in the west. If you need a...
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US politician shades Blizzard over World of Warcraft toxicity

Last week, the gaming world was a tad busy running Halloween events and watching BlizzCon, so it passed almost without notice that a US...

Australian consumer commission compels ZeniMax and Bethsoft to grant Fallout 76 refunds

Apparently, only Australia's legal system means to hold Bethsoft accountable over Fallout 76. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the ZeniMax...

CS:GO stops letting players sell container keys due to their use in money laundering

The otherwise innocuous activity of selling keys to open containers in CS:GO has apparently been used for far more nefarious purposes. According to...

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

You know what we never talk about these days? China and video games! We should do that more. For example, did you know that...
No, not like this.

A gamer was killed after witnessing a robbery whilst playing Pokemon Go

So, yes, let's just open this story by acknowledging that this is horrible. Nobody wants to be murdered over a video game, but Cayla...

UK’s children’s commissioner calls for tighter legislation on lootboxes

A report from UK children's commissioner Anne Longfield is calling for stricter laws on lootboxes and to amend current gambling laws to include lootboxes,...

UK art studio accuses Kickstarted MMORPG Oath of incompetence and failure to pay for work

Last spring, we covered an incredibly ambitious new MMO called Oath. Developer Ready-Up Studios rolled out a $35,000-ask Kickstarter to build...

How Pokemon Go company Niantic is collecting (and using) your life’s data

We probably don't need to tell our audience this, given that while yes, you all have phones, you're also typically not obsessive about gaming...

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