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Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction already in legal trouble, despite not even being revealed yet

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Jonathan Lester
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Duke Nukem, Gearbox, Interceptor, lawsuit

Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction already in legal trouble, despite not even being revealed yet

Gearbox unleashes the lawyers

Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is set for a full reveal this week, after being outed as a top-down RPG based on the classic shooter license. Interceptor and series creator Scott Miller promised to kick ass and chew bubblegum, but Gearbox are having absolutely none of it, since they technically own the IP themselves. Unleash the lawyers!

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Nintendo Ordered To Pay Ex-Sony Engineer $15m Over 3DS Tech

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS, lawsuit, Nintendo

Nintendo Ordered To Pay Ex-Sony Engineer m Over 3DS Tech

A federal judge has ruled that Nintendo must pay out $15 million to an ex-Sony employee, who owns a patent for the glasses-free 3D tech used in 3DS handhelds.

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SEGA Sues THQ For £630,000 Over Unpaid Company Of Heroes 2 Pre-Orders

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Company of Heroes 2, lawsuit, Relic Games, Sega

SEGA Sues THQ For £630,000 Over Unpaid Company Of Heroes 2 Pre-Orders

The THQ horse may be dead, but the flogging never stops. SEGA have filed a lawsuit asking for £640,000 to recoup Company Of Heroes 2 pre-orders made on Steam, the revenue from which apparently went to THQ rather than Relic Games or their new publisher.

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Désilets: 1666 Could Be "The Next Assassin's Creed"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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1666, Assassin's Creed, lawsuit, Patrice Desilets, Ubisoft

Désilets: 1666 Could Be "The Next Assassin's Creed"

If He Gets The IP Rights Back From Ubisoft, That Is

Patrice Désilets, the ex-Ubisoft designer who's currently suing the old firm for the rights to 1666, believes that his pet project has the potential to "evolve the action adventure genre" and become "the next Assassin's Creed."

He should know, seeing as he designed Assassin's Creed in the first place.

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Patrice Desilets Suing Ubisoft Over 1666: Amsterdam

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Jonathan Lester
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1666, 1666: Amsterdam, lawsuit, Patrice Desilets, Scandal, Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot

Patrice Desilets Suing Ubisoft Over 1666: Amsterdam

E3 might be breathing down our necks, but we've always got time to gawk at some legal chicanery. Patrice Desilets, the father of Assassin's Creed who left Ubisoft to develop 1666: Amsterdam at THQ Montreal before finding himself back at the old firm. At which point, he was quickly fired while Ubisoft kept 1666 in cold storage.

Court documents suggest that Desilets has sought legal action against the company, seeking both the IP and some damages. Details below.

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Sega and Gearbox Respond to Lawsuit

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Bioshock Infinite, Gearbox Software, lawsuit, Sega

Sega and Gearbox Respond to Lawsuit

Earlier this week we reported that a class action lawsuit had been filed against Sega and Gearbox software on the grounds of false advertising for Aliens: Colonial Marines. As we all found out on launch day, Sega released a game that bore little resemblance to the one displayed during numerous trade shows like E3. Animations, lighting and scenes were obviously spruced up for a stage demo before being returned to the ugly mess for the actual game committed to disc. Review embargoes also meant there was no time to warn faithful fans who pre-ordered the game.

Well, both Sega and Gearbox have given statement via IGN. Gearbox seem bullish straight out of the blocks, "Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation."

While Sega made a similar statement, it was slightly more reserved, "Sega cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously."

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Class Action Lawsuit Takes Aim At Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Aliens: Colonial Marines, Class Action, Gearbox Software, lawsuit, Sega

Class Action Lawsuit Takes Aim At Aliens: Colonial Marines

Following massive controversy over misleading demo footage, screenshots and marketing, the much-maligned Aliens: Colonial Marines has been targeted by a class action lawsuit on the grounds of false advertising.

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Silicon Knights Found Guilty Of Code Copying, Epic Games Damages Doubled

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Jonathan Lester
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Epic Games, FUBAR, lawsuit, Silicon Knights, Too Human, Unreal Engine 3

Silicon Knights Found Guilty Of Code Copying, Epic Games Damages Doubled

Things have gone from bad to totally FUBAR for Silicon Knights, as the extent of their now-concluded legal dispute with Epic Games continues to come to light. Not only does the studio behind Too Human and Eternal Darkness have to destroy all unsold copies of their Unreal Engine titles, but a judge ruled that they're guilty of willfully copying a huge amount of copyrighted code while disguising it as their own.

As a result, Silicon Knights now have to pay out an extra $4.5m in damages and legal fees, which exceeds the original figure awarded by a Jury earlier this year.

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Silicon Knights Ordered To Destroy All Code & Copies Of Their Unreal Games

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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lawsuit, Silicon Knights

Silicon Knights Ordered To Destroy All Code & Copies Of Their Unreal Games

Oh dear. Just when you thought that things couldn't get any worse for Silicon Knights (who laid off all but five of their employees following allegations of shady business practices and lacklustre games) it looks like their unsuccessful lawsuit against Epic Games has backfired spectacularly. According to a newly-discovered courthouse document, Dyack and crew are legally obliged to destroy all source code and unsold copies of every game they've developed using the Unreal Engine.

Before next month.

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PSNgate Class Action Lawsuit Collapses

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Hacking, lawsuit, PSN, PSNgate, Sony

PSNgate Class Action Lawsuit Collapses

The class action lawsuit attacking Sony's handling of the 'PSNgate' hacking fiasco has collapsed after a judge ruled that the company has no culpability in the matter.

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EA: We're "Standing Up For The Industry" With Zynga Lawsuit

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Jonathan Lester
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EA, lawsuit, Zynga

EA: We're "Standing Up For The Industry" With Zynga Lawsuit

"You Have Our Shield"

EA believes that their ongoing lawsuit against Zynga over alleged copyright infringment represents the industry taking a stand against copycats once and for all, suggesting that they're one of the few publishers with the clout and resources to succeed.

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Steam Bars Class Action Lawsuits In New Subscriber Agreement

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Jonathan Lester
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Class Action, EULA, lawsuit, SSA, Steam, Valve

Steam Bars Class Action Lawsuits In New Subscriber Agreement

Valve Opens New Luxembourg Office

Valve have opened a new office in Luxembourg that will "better serve" their tax bill the European consumer base... but they've also updated their subscriber agreement with new dispute resolution terms. They've made it easier for single claimants to make a dispute - even offering to pay legal fees of less than $10,000 - though a new clause reserves them the right to close your Steam account if you embark on a class action lawsuit.

Luckily, thanks to the arcane yet immutable European Union laws surrounding consumer rights, this almost certainly won't affect us Brits (or will be deemed as an 'unconscionable contract' if pressed in court). Which is probably a shame for Valve, since the recent EU court ruling on digital game resale has left the door open for a major consumer-led shakeup of the way they do business.

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Tech Company Sues Mojang, Halfbrick, EA & Others Over Patent Dispute

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Halfbrick, lawsuit, Minecraft, Mojang, Patents, Square Enix, Uniloc

Tech Company Sues Mojang, Halfbrick, EA & Others Over Patent Dispute

Tech company Uniloc has filed lawsuits against Mojang, Halfbrick and other studios, claiming that their games infringe on a patent for online authentication.

However, Notch plans to defend "Mindcraft" (yes, Uniloc misspelled their own litigation target) to the hilt - calling out the practice as "evil."

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Xbox 360 Slim May Face US Sales Ban

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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lawsuit, Motorola, Patents, Xbox 360
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Xbox 360 Slim May Face US Sales Ban

Microsoft Rejects Motorola Patent Settlement

A vicious ongoing legal dispute between Motorola and Microsoft may result in a ban on selling Xbox 360 Slim consoles in the US and Germany, after Microsoft refused a settlement offer that would compel them to concede royalties of 2.25% from every unit sold.

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Lawsuit Roundup: Apple Sued Over Child Microtransactions, Ubi Defends Animus Copyright Claim

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Jonathan Lester
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apple, Bethesda, Fallout, lawsuit, Ubisoft, Zenimax

Lawsuit Roundup: Apple Sued Over Child Microtransactions, Ubi Defends Animus Copyright Claim

Fallout 3 Fan Art Site Hit With Cease & Desist

Today brings us news of two new lawsuits levied against major companies. Apple has been sued for making it too easy for children to rack up enormous bills on the App Store, while Ubisoft has been accused of stealing the idea for the Animus device from author John Beiswenger.

And, depressingly, a Fallout fan site has been threatened with legal action for hosting high-resolution original artwork. We've got all the details below.

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Mojang Wins Interim Injunction Against Bethesda For Scrolls Trademark

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda Softworks, lawsuit, Mojang, Notch, Scrolls, Zenimax

Mojang Wins Interim Injunction Against Bethesda For Scrolls Trademark

The Elder Scrolls: Interim

All hell broke loose after Mojang, the indie developer-turned-major player behind Minecraft, revealed their latest title. Scrolls is set to be an exciting new take on the CCG formula, but Bethesda Softworks and parent company Zenimax subsequently attempted to sue them for use of the "scrolls" trademark. Luckily, common sense has prevailed and a judge has granted Markus "Notch" Persson's company an interim injunction that will allow them to keep the name.

"We won the interim injunction! We can keep using the name 'Scrolls.' ZeniMax/Bethesda can still appeal the ruling, but I’m very happy." - Notch, via Twitter

Good. Maybe we can all move past this ridiculous temper tantrum, eh Zenimax? Admittedly we also didn't get to see the Mojang vs Bethesda Quake game either (though Notch is still up for it)... but since Bethesda could field id Software's John Carmack, Tim Willits and Todd Hollenshead, I don't fancy their chances to be quite honest.

West & Zampella vs Activision Suit Gets Court Date

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Jonathan Lester
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Activision, Infinity Ward, Jason West, lawsuit, Vince Zampella

West & Zampella vs Activision Suit Gets Court Date

The high-profile lawsuit levied by ex-Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella against Activision has now stepped up a gear with the confirmation of the first court date. The case will begin on Monday, May 7, 2012 - and is likely to be a knock-down, drag-out brawl over allegations of unpaid Modern Warfare 2 royalties. Activision will almost certainly counter by attempting to prove that the duo breached their contracts by leaking confidential informaton to EA and meeting secretly with the rival publisher. Whether they will be able to successfully distance themselves from allegations of "unbridled greed" is another matter entirely.

I can surmise and allege - but sadly not officially print - all sorts of things from the state of play thus far. Naturally we'll keep you posted as we hear more as well as exploring the position of both sides. Be sure to mug up on our comprehensive fact sheet that summed up the pertinent details at the time - and  let us know your take on the situation in the comments!

Sony & LG Call Off Patent Battle

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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lawsuit, LG, Sony

Sony & LG Call Off Patent Battle

Over the last three years, technology giants Sony and LG Electronics have been embroiled in a fierce legal tussle surrounding the use and licensing of LG's patented Blu-Ray drives. Starting out as a fairly standard dispute, the situation escalated into a blockades and seizures of PS3 consoles earlier this year that could have choked the life out of Sony's UK distribution.

However, it seems that the two titans have finally put aside their differences. An LG rep reportedly told Reuters that "LG and Sony recently agreed to drop patent infringement lawsuits against each other," meaning that the two companies can return to making quality hardware. LG has also signed a "cross-platform deal" that should ensure that the terms of their Blu Ray licensing is now a matter of legal certainty.

Game Buzz | The California Ruling: Victory For Free Speech Or A Global Double Standard?

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Age restrictions, California, ESA, lawsuit

Us gamers tend to aggressively rail against any attempts to censor or curtail our medium. We smacked down Jack Thompson. We annhilated Roger Ebert. And wouldn't you know it, Arnold Schwarzenegger soon provided us with a field day when he presented a controversial bill that would "ban violent games" in California.

This bill was an important precedent disguised as a small piece of state legislation, so gamers got hot under the collar on a global scale. We shrieked and wailed. Chests were beaten and garments were rent in twain. But unlike our futile teeth-gnashings, the Entertainment Software Association was ready to take action. They're one of the few interest groups who are always willing to roll up their sleeves and get involved - and after a brutal legal campaign, the bill was thrown out by the Supreme Court earlier this week.

Before we go any further, I need to stress that we absolutely agree with the court's ruling. Schwarzenegger's bill was made for all the wrong reasons; citing ridiculous links between videogames and violence as proof for why mature games shouldn't be sold to kids. It was literally built on a tissue of lies, and thus the ESA were absolutely right to burn it. What's more, the US Constitution (which us Brits don't have, annoyingly) would have been irreparably damaged by the move. After all, American film classications (doled out by the MPAA) aren't actually legally enforced - so why should one entertainment medium be treated differently from the others?

What I don't agree with, however, is how the ESA and even us gamers are treating the basic concept of regulating violent videogame sales to young people. Here's the thing: this bill wasn't technically trying to ban anything. It wasn't demanding that copies of Bulletstorm and Black Ops should be thrown onto massive bonfires while bible-bashing fanatics dance and chant in the background. The legislation was a nasty first step in a right wing agenda, but at its core, the only suggestion was that California should put age ratings on gratuitously violent games and regulate their sale to youngsters.

So, dear reader, my question is simple: would that really be so bad? And, more to the point, aren't Californian citizens aware that other countries legally enforce their age ratings?

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