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BT Sues Valve

British Telecommunication plc (BT) has sued Valve Corp. in the State of Delaware alleging infringement of four technology patents in the operation of the Steam digital distribution service. The British firm claimed that it attempted to communicate on three separate occasions with Valve legal counsel between October of last year and April 2016, and since they received no response, were compelled to file the lawsuit.
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Funcom Investigated

JAN. 29, 2014 • Økokrim (the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation, Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime) is investigating Funcom N.V. regarding possible violation of Norway’s Securities Trading Act. At issue is financial information given by the MMO game developer to the market regarding The Secret World from August 2011 until the launch of the game […]


NCAA Cancels EA Deal

JULY 19, 2013 • The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has notified Electronic Arts that it will not renew their college football contract expiring in June 2014. As a result, EA Sports’ upcoming NCAA Football 14 will be the final installment in the series. The NCAA made the decision in reaction to ongoing litigation with […]


EA Settles Football Suit

JULY 20, 2012 • Electronic Arts has reached a proposed settlement in a case where its EA Sports division was accused of violating antitrust and consumer protection laws in the overcharging of consumers for Madden NFL, NCAA and Arena Football League games. In each case EA had secured exclusive licenses to produce and market “official” […]

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NovaLogic Claims Delta Force

MAY 15, 2012 ● NovaLogic is suing Activision Inc. for trademark infringement claiming the “Delta Force” names was wrongfully used in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The trademark on Delta Force has been held by NovaLogic since 1998. Neither the U.S. Army nor the U.S. government uses the name. According to the complaint, “The U.S. […]


Respawn Ent. Formed

APRIL 12, 2010 • Former Infinity Ward leads Jason West and Vince Zampella form a new studio, Respawn Entertainment. To get the new operation off the ground, the development duo behind the Call of Duty series are receiving financial support from Electronic Arts. Respawn titles will be distributed through EA Partners, but intellectual property rights […]

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Korean Gold Sellers Acquitted

JAN. 10, 2010 • The South Korean Supreme Court handed down a decision acquitting two gamers who had been indicted for illegally selling digital credits, called Aden, from the online MMO Lineage,. The two would sell 1 million Aden for 8,000 won, and earned 20 million won ($17,367) as a result of the sales.  Yet […]

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China Sentences Hackers

NOV. 17, 2009 • Eleven individuals accused of writing Trojan virus code to scam online gamers were sentenced to up to three years by a Chinese court. The group was found guilty of stealing 5.3 million user names and passwords – access that was used to steal virtual goods and currency that were sold to […]


Bethesada Sues Interplay

SEPT. 11, 2009 • Bethesda Softworks filed a lawsuit against Interplay Productions alleging the latter for copyright infringement. When Bethesda purchased the Fallout franchise in 2007, it licensed back the rights to sell prior Fallout games to Interplay, as well as the right to develop a Fallout MMO. Bethesda claims that under the agreement Interplay […]


Turbine Sues Atari

AUG. 27, 2009 • Atari has been taken to court by Turbine Ent. over Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (DDO Stormreach). In January 2006, with $20 million invested, Turbine believed Atari failing its obligations to publish the soon-to-be-released title and negotiated an contractual amendment to publish the game itself in North America, while Atari remained […]