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Lootbox regulation recommended by Australian parliamentary committee

While words and recommendations can certainly be considered equal to vapor, the fact that Australia's parliament appears poised to make moves against lockbox monetization...

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

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...

Plaintiffs in the Riot Games class action discrimination lawsuit take up new counsel, withdraw settlement plans

A new chapter in the Riot Games legal drama has begun to be written. In August 2019, the class action discrimination lawsuit filed...
Someone called us? Something about some duty?

Activision is trying to locate its Call of Duty leaker via Reddit subpoenas

Yes, that headline is true. Activision is attempting to track down the mysterious person who leaked the cover art of the next Call of Duty...
Like this, but colder.

The mayor of Boston asks Sony to reconsider withdrawing from PAX East

Sony announced on rather short notice that the company would not be attending PAX East 2020 which kicks off on Friday, citing concerns...

Star Citizen explores microTech’s moons and Anvil Carrack as the Crytek lawsuit reaches a settlement

Another week, another Inside Star Citizen. This time, we're continuing the three-part look at development work on microTech's moons and given a room-by-room...
This is what you are.

The IRS deleted guidelines citing Fortnite’s Vbucks as virtual currency like Bitcoin

Every so often you just get to see a news story and think to yourself that this is going to turn into a major issue...
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Lawful Neutral: Examining the infamous MMO lockbox, 2020 edition

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...

New French lawsuits accuse EA’s FIFA franchise of promoting illegal gambling

None of the FIFA titles is a pure MMO, of course, but every MMO player interested in how monetization across the industry is being...

Lawful Neutral: Examining DDoS attacks and their impact on MMOs

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...

Kentucky high school athletic commission bans Fortnite from high school esports competition

The Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) has officially called for the removal of Fortnite from high school esports competition, expressing concern at...

US Court of Appeals upholds decision that a RuneScape player’s muting did not violate free speech

The 3rd Circuit US Court of Appeals has effectively squashed any further action by one Amro Elansari, a RuneScape player who claimed that...

MMO Business Roundup: Tencent, Ubisoft, Rockstar, energy, Creativerse, and Cold Iron Studios

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! Tencent: Just before Funcom and Tencent announced the Chinese gaming giant was angling...
You know who is what here.

Blitzchung: No regrets for speaking up for Hong Kong despite Hearthstone suspension

Chung Ng Wai, better known as Blitzchung, took a big risk when he spoke out in support of Hong Kong on an official Hearthstone...

Riot Games’ $10M settlement could climb to $400M due to California state agency filings

Allow us to recount events for a moment: In 2018, a Kotaku expose blew the lid off of a deeply alarming "bro culture"...

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...

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