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  • Destiny 2 Cheat Maker has Countersuit Dismissed

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    Destiny 2 Cheat Maker has Countersuit Dismissed

    A federal court has dismissed the countersuit due to lack of evidence.

    A Destiny 2 cheat maker and provider, AimJunkies, has had their countersuit against Bungie dismissed by a federal court this week. In late September AimJunkies' parent company, Phoenix Digital Group, countersued Bungie saying that the game developer broke the law by hacking into the laptop of one of Phoenix Digital Groups' managers (James May). The cheat maker also claims that Bungie violated DMCA law by circumventing...
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  • Former Blizzard Versailles Staff Win Legal Battle

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    Former Blizzard Versailles Staff Win Legal Battle

    The legal dispute was over unpaid compensations.

    In 2020, Blizzard Versailles closed its doors, which put about 285 employees out of a job. These former Blizzard employees banded together to file an appeal over unpaid compensation. A case that they have now won.

    French media outlet Gamekult (via GI.biz) says that these employees are now entitled to unpaid compensation worth up to six months of pay. The Versailles studio allegedly closed in 2020 due to "redundancies."...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • As Expected, Activision Blizzard is Looking to Weasel Way Out of California Lawsuit

    The game studio has requested additional time in order to investigate potential ethics violations.

    Activision Blizzard has just requested for additional time in their legal battle against the California Department of Fair and Equal Housing. The studio says that they need time in order to investigate and possibly disqualify the lawsuit that was brought on by the DFEH back in July 2021. This request stems from a potential ethics violation that sprung up from its other legal battle that...
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  • Activision Blizzard Lawsuits Hit a Major Snag

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    Activision Blizzard Lawsuits Hit a Major Snag

    There may be a conflict of interests that are muddying the waters.

    Stick with me on this, because this is probably going to be a little confusing. At the end of September 2021, Activision Blizzard settled a lawsuit brought on by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the lowly amount of $18 million (USD). This lawsuit would be used to "compensate and make amends" for employees impacted by the rampant sexual discrimination and harassment that has been...
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  • Epic vs. Apple Verdict is a Huge Win for Apple

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    Epic vs. Apple Verdict is a Huge Win for Apple

    Epic really came away from this one empty-handed.

    The judge in the Epic vs. Apple lawsuit has finally issued a ruling. Despite what a number of outlets seem to be saying, today's ruling really isn't a win for Epic Games. In fact, it's more of a win for Apple when you take everything into account.

    In short, Epic lost on all but one count. Epic had wanted the judge to say that Apple was a monopoly, forcing it to lower its fees to below the industry standard 30% cut. Neither...
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  • CS:GO Betting Scammer PhantomL0rd Wins Case Against Twitch

    CS:GO Betting Scammer PhantomL0rd Wins Case Against Twitch

    Remember this guy? Of course you don't, nobody does.

    Back in the far off time of 2016, Twitch dished out a lifetime ban against Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streamer James "PhantomL0rd" Varga. The reason for the ban was allegedly never made clear, only that Varga was ousted "due to terms of service violations." Of course, the reason he was banned was assumed to be due to the allegations that Varga was balls deep in the mess that was CS:GO skin bet rigging through...
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  • Judge Rules Valve Must Hand Over Subpoenaed Data in Apple vs Epic Case

    Judge Rules Valve Must Hand Over Subpoenaed Data in Apple vs Epic Case

    Valve is pulled into this legal battle whether it wanted to be or not.

    California judge Thomas Hixon says that Valve must comply with a subpoena from Apple in their legal fight with Epic Games. Apple subpoenaed Valve because they feel certain Steam information will be important in their case that they are building against Epic. Valve claims that Apple's case is all about mobile and their data has no bearing on this case. They also say that Apple is using this only to obtain a bunch...
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  • Epic Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Apple

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    Epic Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Apple

    The battle between the multi-billion dollar companies continues in Europe.

    Epic Games just added the European Union to the locations in which they are engaging in a legal battle against Apple. The company announced that they have filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition. They claim that "through a series of carefully designed anti-competitive restrictions, Apple has not just harmed but completely eliminated competition in...
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  • Apple is Counter-Suing Epic Games

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    Apple is Counter-Suing Epic Games

    Get your popcorn ready.

    On Tuesday, Apple filed a countersuit against Epic Games, accusing them of financial damages due to the bypassing of the 30% commissions that Apple takes from app developers. According to the court filing (PDF) Apple is accusing Epic of engaging in "self-help and subterfuge." They go on to say that "Epic sent a Trojan horse to the App Store," that being an update to Fortnite that allowed Epic "to bypass Apple's app review process and...
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  • Apple Terminates Epic Games Developer Account

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    Apple Terminates Epic Games Developer Account

    This is not a termination of accounts related to Unreal Engine devs.

    Today, Apple followed through with part of their threat that they would terminate Epic Games' developer account. This is not the same as their threat to terminate the accounts of all Unreal Engine developers. That specific case was shot down in court earlier this week. However, that ruling still left the door open for Apple to terminate the account specifically related to Epic Games, the one used by Fortnite.
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  • Frogwares Details Why The Sinking City Mysteriously Disappeared from All Storefronts

    Here's a hint: Nacon, their licensee, has something to do with it.

    The Sinking City, the Lovecraftian inspired horror/investigation game that we talked rather favorably about in our review, has been missing from multiple storefronts. You are not able to find the game right now for sale through Steam, Epic Games Store, the Xbox One, nor even the PlayStation 4. A statement published today by the game's developer, Frogwares, details just what happened.

    In short: The studio...
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  • In First Hearing, Apple Wins Right to Remove Fortnite from Store but Not Unreal Engine

    The first battle in a long war has reached its conclusion.

    This past week, Epic had filed for a temporary restraining order in order to prevent Apple from terminating all Epic developer accounts. This was a reactionary response from Apple after Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple for kicking Fortnite from the App Store when Epic decided they did not want to play by the rules.

    This ban against Unreal Engine would have effectively barred all Unreal Engine developers...
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