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Fortnite’s rad new hoverboard mode goes live as Carlton’s dance copyright claim hits a snowdrift

New court documents show that the United States Copyright Office has ruled that Alfonso Ribeiro cannot copyright the dance that he popularized as...
YOUR MONEY IS NOW OUR MONEY, AND WE WILL USE IT TO BUY DRUGS

The UK’s Fortnite Live event is another convention giving you a free hour in the ball pit; Epic Games takes organizers to court

Let's be real, the disaster of Fortnite Live in the UK is not on par with DashCon or Fyre Festival. There will not be...

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...
On the other hand, it's possible that this is the price you pay for playing Fortnite

Epic Games files to dismiss rapper 2 Milly’s Fortnite dance lawsuit

Epic Games has taken its next step in its legal tango with the growing list of artists who have filed lawsuits over the...
Well, this is fine.

Take-Two’s crusade against Grand Theft Auto cheat creators continues with another successful lawsuit

It looks like Take-Two has added another marker to its tally of successful lawsuits against cheaters, this time against the creator of the...

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...

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...

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...

Facebook lawsuit reveals ‘friendly fraud’ tactics it employed against underage online gamers

For many of us, Facebook use is something we do grudgingly -- we're never quite liking the social platform, but we're also unable to...

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...

The Bethsoft-Behavior lawsuit is over, and now so is Westworld mobile

One of the big gaming legal disputes of 2018 was the lawsuit Bethsoft lodged against Behaviour Interactive over the release of the Westworld mobile...
A jetpack could have prevented this.

Orange Shirt Kid joins the legal battle over Fortnite dances as Epic reintroduces glider re-deploys

The epic saga of Epic Games's legal battles over Fortnite dance emotes continues as the mother of the player popularly known as...
Oops?

The Pinkertons are taking Take-Two to court over Red Dead Redemption 2

Strange lawsuits aren't exactly uncommon within the gaming industry, but this one might just be the weirdest so far -- this year, at any...
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...

SEC and Wells Fargo settle a suit over 38 Studios

The seemingly never-ending saga of 38 Studios and Project Copernicus has another coda this week in its sad history. Gamasutra is reporting that...

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...
Stop being a JERK.

A look back at the MMO industry’s law dramas of 2018

Last year, we started a new end-of-the-year tradition: a recap of all the legal and political dramas that have affected the MMO genre...

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