Are you still angry about Aliens Colonial Marines not living up to expectations or agreed gameplay footage? Well good news then, because I can help YOU get back at Gearbox and Sega for that travesty. It’s time to get your legal pants on, because we’ve got a lawsuit to file!
It was about a year ago that a judge in the US ruled that Motorola would be allowed to stop all imports of the Xbox 360 into America until a patent lawsuit was completed. Thankfully some logic prevailed and the imports weren’t stopped but the case has been rumbling on and has finally come to a close..
Second hand games. They make the world go round, gamers love ‘em for the fact that they can use them as a form of currency and publishers despise them for the fact that they cannot ring out any extra cash from them when they go into that previously owned market. That’s something that you see a lot of in console games, and to a much lesser extent, PC games. Except for digital versions of games that is, because there is zero resale available on that format. None, nada, zilch! And that’s something that ze Germans aren’t too happy about at all.
Microsoft stole a lot of headlines this week with their IllumiRoom reveal where they projected a 360 degree image across the room to enhance the immersive nature of gaming and other entertainment forms… but did they steal this idea from someone else?
Cast your mind back to 2007. The final Harry Potter book arrived, the Writers Guild of America went on strike and the Japanese discover a 2100 year old melon. In other, more gaming related news from that year, Silicon Knights also launched a lawsuit against Epic over issues with the Unreal Engine. Did the developers of Too Human win that case? Nope! And now, they not only have to fork over some cash to Epic, but they’re going to have to destroy all their hard work as well.
Hold the phone! Bell is suing Blizzard over the Authenticators for their games, seeking damages for "consumer fraud, unjust enrichment, negligence, breach of contract and bailment,”
You might recall that a couple of years ago, two of the big brains behind Infinity Ward had a bit of an argument with publisher Activision, over some royalty payments which amounted to quite a few million dollars.
That led to the departure of Modern Warfare creators Jason West and Vince Zampella, a move which also resulted in a massive court case. It’s been dragging on for years now, or in the gaming industry, what is known as several epochs.
But it looks like that case has finally been settled.
Five years ago, following the release of the maligned Xbox 360 exclusive Too Human, developer Silicon Knights instituted legal proceedings against Unreal Engine provider Epic Games.
After 5 years of legal to-and-fro, the trial is finally over - and sees Silicon Knights get a kick in the teeth.
Back in April Geoff posted up an article about how an author of a little know book had started legal proceedings against Ubisoft to stop the release of Assassin’s Creed 3 and to claim back royalties from all the previous releases.
Now this is how you really do business in the real world.
Harmonix, the makers of Rock Band, Dance Central and Guitar Hero, sold itself to Viacom in 2006 for a cool $175 million plus bonuses and profit share over a certain level.
Nick de Bruyne
EA are going to visit Judge Judy’s friends soon because, well… because they were complete idiots at handling a mess that they already shouldn’t have gotten themselves into in the first place.
Battlefield 1943 was supposed to come free with Battlefield 3 on the Playstation 3. It didn’t… and EA seem to think that its no big deal, especially after they totally announced it to everyone on Twitter and everything.
If anyone mentions video game controversy, its hard not to remember the whole debacle that happened between former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, and their then employer Activision. While the two parties are still locked in a legal battle that involves unpaid royalties and illegal enemy fraternising, West and Zampella have started their own development studio, Respawn Entertainment, and have begun work on a new IP which they are determined to have complete control over.
Nick de Bruyne
There are mixed rumours coming out of America around what has happened to the infamous hacker Geohot, The first rumours were that he had fled the USA to South America to avoid the court case, but apparently this isnâ€™t true and heâ€™s just on holiday there.
Whatâ€™s disturbing about this however is that a few weeks back he was begging everyone online to help fund his legal defence fund against Sony and nowâ€™s heâ€™s sunning it in South America and sending gangsta pictures of himself back to prove heâ€™s not hiding.