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  • Wolfire's Antitrust Lawsuit Against Valve is Back On

    Wolfire's Antitrust Lawsuit Against Valve is Back On

    Wolfire's amended lawsuit is given the greenlight by the court.

    In April 2021, Wolfire Games filed a lawsuit against Valve. The lawsuit claimed that through Steam, Valve somehow suppresses the competition. The lawsuit was dismissed in November 2021 because it failed to meet necessary standards for the court. Wolfire had 30 days to amend their complaint and refile it. They did just that and a judge has now ruled that the case may move forward.

    The original lawsuit from...
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  • Epic Settles with Fortnite Cheat Seller, Donates Money to Charity

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    Epic Settles with Fortnite Cheat Seller, Donates Money to Charity

    A real win on all fronts.

    Epic Games recently filed a lawsuit with the Federal Court of Australia against a Fortnite cheat seller. Brandon "BlazeFN" Despotakis was accused of selling Fortnite cheats as well as in-game accounts to other players. Epic filed suit against him in April 2021.

    A ruling by the court found that Despotakis violated the Fortnite EULA and terms of service. The cheats sold include aimbots.

    He was also found guilty of infringing...
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  • Activision Blizzard Now Being Sued by New York

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    Activision Blizzard Now Being Sued by New York

    Several organizations in New York City are now suing the Call of Duty publisher.

    Several groups in New York City have come together to file a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The group says that current Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and the board of directors sped through the deal with Microsoft in order to "escape liability for their egregious breaches of fiduciary duty."

    The initial report by Axios says that this alleged breach of duty may have harmed...
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  • Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sony Dismissed

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    Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sony Dismissed

    An amended complaint may be filed still.

    A sexual discrimination lawsuit filed against Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has been dismissed by a federal judge.

    This lawsuit was originally filed by a former SIE employee, Emma Majo, back in November 2021. In the suit, the plaintiff says that SIE did not offer the same career advancements to women as it did to men. The lawsuit also claims that SIE violated the Equal Pay Act and wrongfully terminated her employment at the...
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  • Halo Composers and Microsoft Settle Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

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    Halo Composers and Microsoft Settle Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

    The parties arrived at a mutually agreeable settlement.

    This past February, original Halo composers Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori, sued Microsoft claiming that the tech giant owed them unpaid royalties. Some of those royalties supposedly dated back as much as 20 years, according to the lawsuit. Full details on this lawsuit from February 2022 can be found in our initial article.

    Originally, the pre-trial was set to take place on May 9, 2022. It was here that the issues...
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  • $18 Million Activision Blizzard Settlement Approved by US Judge

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    $18 Million Activision Blizzard Settlement Approved by US Judge

    A drop in the bucket for the developer/publisher.

    One of the several sexual harassment lawsuits levied against Activision Blizzard has been settled. A US judge approved an $18 million (USD) settlement between Activision Blizzard and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

    Like many of the other lawsuits against the company, this one included several counts of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, issues with how the company handled pregnancies, and retaliation...
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  • Epic is Again Being Sued Over a Fortnite Dance Emote

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    Epic is Again Being Sued Over a Fortnite Dance Emote

    This isn't the first time and probably won't be the last time.

    Once again, Epic Games is being sued over a dance emote used in their popular battle royale game, Fortnite. YouTuber and choreographer Kyle Hanagami filed a lawsuit against Epic Games that says they copied one of his dance moves without authorization.

    Hanagami says that the "It's Complicated" dance emote in Fortnite copied one of his own choreographed moves. A move, he says, that he owns the copyright...
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  • Bungie Files Lawsuit Against Those Responsible for Fraudulent YouTube Takedowns

    The Destiny developer has also voiced their disappointment with YouTube's lousy customer service.

    Bungie has filed a lawsuit against the people responsible for last week's "fraudulent" YouTube takedowns. The studio also very clear voiced their disappointment against YouTube's DMCA process as a part of the lawsuit against 10 John Doe defendants that were accused of issuing takedown notices against numerous Destiny 2 videos, including many that were officially uploaded by Bungie....
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  • Dr Disrespect and Twitch Settle Lawsuit

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    Dr Disrespect and Twitch Settle Lawsuit

    A reason for his initial ban still wasn't provided.

    Guy Beahm, aka Dr Disrespect, was permanently banned from Twitch back in June 2020. At the time, nobody in the public had any knowledge as to why the two-timer was banned. Though we still don't know why he was permanently banned, we at least arrived at a point where we can safely say the battle between Twitch and Beahm has come to an end.

    In 2021, Beahm filed a lawsuit against Twitch claiming that the loss of his channel...
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  • 8 Additional Women Claim Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Sony

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    8 Additional Women Claim Sexual Harassment and Discrimination at Sony

    Workers describe lack of promotions for women, porn in the workplace, and other issues.

    Eight former and current Sony Interactive Entertainment employees have accused Sony of various forms of sexism in the workplace. These are according to court documents that were filed on Tuesday and first reported on by Axios.

    Emma Majo, a former security analyst, filed a lawsuit against Sony for gender discrimination and wrongful termination in November 2021. She wants this to become...
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  • Original Halo Composers Sue Microsoft Over 20 Years of Unpaid Royalties

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    Original Halo Composers Sue Microsoft Over 20 Years of Unpaid Royalties

    The pair are also seeking an injunction against the upcoming Halo TV series.

    A new report by Eurogamer says that the original Halo music composers, Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori, are suing Microsoft over unpaid royalties. Some of these royalties seem to date back roughly 20 years according to the lawsuit.

    Lawyers for O'Donnell and Salvatori filed this lawsuit back in June 2020 with a Washington state court. Next week, mediation is scheduled to begin but if no agreement...
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  • Bobby Kotick to Consider Leaving If He Cannot Fix Problems at Activision Blizzard

    Retire, Bobby.

    During a meeting with other senior managers and executives at Activision Blizzard, CEO Bobby Kotick said that he would consider leaving the company if he is unable to fix the issues that he helped to create. Kotick did seem to stop just short of saying that he would step down in the meeting that took place this past Friday. He merely left the door cracked open a bit if the issues weren't fixed "with speed."

    This report comes from The Wall Street...
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  • Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Knew for Years About Sexual Misconduct; Employees Walk Out Demanding Resignation

    A damning report says the Activision Blizzard CEO knew for years about horrific incidents and did nothing.

    Employees are calling for the resignation of Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick following some new and very damning revelations into the role he played in the toxic workplace culture at the studio. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal published a detailed report about how Kotick handled, or failed to handle, the sexual-misconduct lawsuit filed by the California Department of...
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  • Activision Blizzard Boss Bobby Kotick Requests Massive Pay Cut

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    Activision Blizzard Boss Bobby Kotick Requests Massive Pay Cut

    At least until the company improves.

    Activision Blizzard head honcho, boss, and CEO Bobby Kotick has requested that his salary be significantly cut until such a time as the company makes significant enough changes to work culture. This comes at a time where the company is dealing with a lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

    Perhaps you've heard of that?

    In a letter that was addressed to Activision Blizzard staff, and subsequently...
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  • Blizzard Cancels BlizzConline

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    Blizzard Cancels BlizzConline

    Blizzard needs time to figure out what it means for BlizzCon to be "safe, welcoming, and inclusive."

    Blizzard announces that they are cancelling BlizzConline, which was initially slated to take place early in 2022. The reason behind this move is because Blizzard needs time to figure out how to make future BlizzCon events be "safe, welcoming, and inclusive."

    This is the first time in 16 years since the event began that Blizzard has outright cancelled...
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