Zoe Quinn drops harassment suit against ex

Zoe Quinn, indie game dev, author and founder of anti-harassment resource Crash Override Network, announced on her blog that she has dropped harassment charges against her ex, who alleged multiple infidelities in a lengthy blog post which resulted in Quinn being on the receiving end of countless amounts of unconscionable harassment that continues to this day (this was in addition to the scores of harassment she was already being subjected to).

“Ironically, getting a restraining order against [my ex] was the least effective thing I could do in terms of getting him out of my life for good, and for protecting myself,” said Quinn in a blog post explaining her decision to drop charges.

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Hatred developer reveals ‘IS Defense’

Hatred developer Destructive Creations has revealed a new game today called IS Defense and launched a Steam Greenlight campaign.

The game, which is tentatively set for a released in Q2 2016, is set in a fictional alternate reality where terror group ISIS has taken over Northern Africa in 2020 and is aiming to invade Europe.

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FanDuel cuts 55 jobs in Florida

fanduelThe Orlando Business Journal reports that FanDuel has laid off 55 people from its offices in in Maitland, Florida. FanDuel hired 38 former Zynga employees in 2015, and as of this writing it is unclear how many of those hires remain on the payroll.

According to the report, only 19 employees remain at the company in Maitland.

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Ars Technica wins ‘Excellence in Photography/ Illustration/ Infographic’ category in first annual Bill Kunkel Awards

The Society of Professional Journalists has announced the winners of the “Excellence in Photography/ Illustration/ Infographic” award, one of five categories dedicated to games journalism as part of the inaugural Bill Kunkel Awards. The awards, named after legendary games journalist William Kunkel, are designed to put a spotlight on “excellence in video game journalism,” according to the SPJ.

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International Intellectual Property Alliance wants more countries on USTR’s ‘Watch List’

Nothing to see here.The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has filed a petition under the Special 301 provision to U.S. trade law with the United States Trade Representative to identify countries it believes have questionable laws and enforcement policies related to copyright and infringement. The IIPA is a coalition of trade groups representing various creative industries in Hollywood, the music industry, and the video game industry.

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Gigantic developer hit with ‘temporary’ layoffs

motigaGigantic may be in serious trouble as game developer Motiga announces a serious round of layoffs at the company. Motiga announced in a blog post this week that it was instituting a temporary layoff of a significant number of its staff.

The company said its financial situation warranted the layoffs – at least for the time being – and that it is in serious talks with investors.

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Nintendo and its fanboy – one of them doesn’t understand ‘Fair Use’

Eisen AppealLast month, on January 9th, I uploaded a video to YouTube called “Captain Toad Headbutts Toadette In the Crotch.”  The two and a half minute video uses gameplay and cutscene footage from Nintendo’s Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker to show off an animation that’s a little… odd, when viewed by a person with a mind as dirty as mine.

Alas, Content ID recognized the cutscene and the video was claimed by Nintendo, meaning the Big N would monitize my video and keep all of the ad revenue it generated.

I disputed its claim on grounds of Fair Use.  Last Saturday, four weeks to the day after I disputed its claim, Nintendo rejected my dispute.  So, what now?

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After 13 years, GameTrailers is no more

gametrailersDefy Media has shut down GameTrailers, the long-running video-centric gaming site founded in 2003 and once part of the Viacom family. According to several published reports, tweets from the site’s founder and the site’s official Twitter account, the site has been closed and its entire staff let go. By all accounts it sounds like the closure was a surprise to anyone even remotely involved in its daily operations.

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Mad Catz executives resign

Several executives and board members have resigned from video game peripheral maker Mad Catz, the company announced today. It is unclear why these people have resigned at this time and whether these departures were amicable ones.  Also it is curious that these departures have occurred right before Mad Catz will announces its third quarter earnings for the current fiscal year tomorrow.

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