Poll Results: Will Capcom Sue Mighty No. 9 Devs for IP Infringement?

October 8, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked readers, "Will Capcom sue the Mighty No. 9 devs for infringement of its Mega Man IP?" While there was no clear majority opinion, around 35 percent of the 301 votes cast concluded that Capcom will ignore the game altogether.

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Poll: Will Capcom Sue the Mighty No. 9 Devs For Infringement Of Its Mega Man IP?

October 2, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Last month, developer Comcept launched a Kickstarter for Mighty No. 9, a new video game that is counting on your love of Mega Man for its success.

Seriously, almost every sentence of the project's pitch name drops the Blue Bomber.

"Classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, an all-star team of veteran Mega Man devs..." (Note: Inafune is the character designer/producer behind most of the Mega Man games.  He left Capcom in 2010)

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Vlambeer Renames 'Wasteland Kings' to ' Nuclear Throne ' to Avoid Trademark Dispute

October 1, 2013 - James Fudge

Wasteland Kings has been renamed to avoid a trademark dispute. Super Crate Box and Ridiculous Fishing developer Vlambeer revealed that it has changed the name of its post-apocalyptic rogue-like shooter Wasteland Kings to Nuclear Throne. The name change comes after a branding dispute with inXile Entertainment, whose members made the original Interplay game Wasteland.
 

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38 Studios IP Auction Set for Nov. 14

September 27, 2013 - James Fudge

A listing on the Heritage Global Partners' website reveals that 38 Studios' assets for its two game franchises - the MMO Project Copernicus and the action RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - will be sold at an online auction on November 14. Also on the block are several familiar Big Huge Games properties and game engine technology. The auction begins on the aforementioned date at 9:00 AM EDT and ends on November 15 at 12:00 PM EDT.

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Report: 38 Studios Assets Going to Auction 'Soon'

September 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like Rhode Island will finally have an auction to sell off 38 Studios' intellectual property. According to an IGN report citing WPRI.com, the court-appointed receiver for the assets, Richard Land, says that an auction will happen "soon." The state took possession of the 38 Studios IP after the company defaulted on a $75 million loan and filed for bankruptcy.

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Metroid Fan Film Kickstarter Taken Down Over IP Dispute With Nintendo

August 23, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Can't say we didn't see this coming.

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Ridiculous Fishing Nears Million Dollar Sales Milestone

August 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Vlambeer's ridiculously popular iOS game, Ridiculous Fishing, is edging towards $1 million in sales, developers Rami Ismail and Jan Willem Nijman revealed today during a panel at the 2013 Game Developers Conference Europe.

"We're so close," Ismail told Polygon. "We're almost at $1 million."

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Studio Ports and Resells Game it Doesn't Own, Says it 'Assumed it Was Going to be Okay'

July 18, 2013 -

It's bad enough to steal someone else's work wholesale, but it is beyond the pale to defend such action by saying "we couldn't reach the original developers to present it with a deal." In April of this year Taiwanese developer Rocky Hong released the puzzle game Magnetized on GameStop's Kongregate. The game proved to be very popular with the Kongregate community who downloaded it an impressive 280,000 times.

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The Powell Group Signs Licensing Partnership with IDW Publishing

July 8, 2013 -

The Powell Group has inked a licensing partnership with IDW Publishing, America's fourth-largest comics publisher. The company will serve as the primary liaison between licensees in the video games industry and IDW's properties. The deal covers all platforms including current and next-generation console platforms and mobile devices.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 58

July 1, 2013 -

In Episode 58 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the GamePolitics polls, various news related to Naughty Dog's "The Last of Us," the Australian Classification Board's first game ban under the new ratings system for games, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 58 now: SuperPAC Episode 58 (1 hour, 9 minutes) 64.9 MB.

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Graphic Designer Accuses Naughty Dog of Lifting Map for The Last of Us

June 25, 2013 -

A graphic designer credited with creating a redesign of the Boston MBTA Transit Map is furious with Naughty Dog for using it in its recently released PlayStation 3 action game The Last of Us.

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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Taken Down, BG II Remake On Hold

June 20, 2013 -

Beamdog and Overhaul Games have pulled their Baldur's Gate remake, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition from online stores. The game had been available for PC, Mac and iOS devices. Beamdog and Overhaul Games president Trent Oster issued a statement this morning on the web site for the game saying that the game was pulled due to ongoing legal issues related to the franchise. The latest patch and an Android version of the remake will not be released either.

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Apogee Sues Gearbox Over Duke Nukem Forever Deal

June 13, 2013 -

Apogee Software has filed a lawsuit against Gearbox Software in a Texas state court claiming that the developer and publisher who took over Duke Nukem Forver owes it more than $2 million in unpaid royalties and fees. Apogee's lawsuit alleges that Gearbox failed to pay the money it owed to the company from the 2010 purchase agreement of Duke Nukem Forever and that Gearbox refused to allow the Apogee to conduct an "independent audit" of the royalties Gearbox has earned on the game.

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THQ Details Asset Sales Transactions in SEC Filing

June 6, 2013 -

In a FORM 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), bankrupt game publisher THQ disclosed that certain transactions that were the result of a massive asset auction have closed. The company also disclosed particulars on the current employment of its interim president Edward L. Kaufman.

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Rhode Island Rakes in $713K From Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Steam Sales

June 5, 2013 -

The State of Rhode Island has raked in $713,000 from Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sales since it acquired various Amalur assets last summer from 38 Studios, according to GameSpot. The figure is from cumulative revenue from ongoing sales of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning made through Steam, but not physical copies of the game.

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Chinese Game 300 Heroes A Mash-Up of Copyrighted Material

June 5, 2013 -

Some game developers in China are known for taking liberties with copyrighted material (read: ignoring copyrights altogether), but a MOBA-style game called 300 Heroes pointed out by Crusader Cast is probably the most blatant mash-ups of stolen material you'll ever see.

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Russian Hacker Pirates The Dishwasher, Calls it 'Justice'

June 4, 2013 -

A Russian coder and hacker known only as "Barabus" has ported Ska Studios popular "M" rated XBLA action game The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile to the PC. But before you celebrate, this PC version of the game is not an official port and doesn't exactly have the blessing of Ska Studios founder James Silva. It is basically pirated version of the game.

Barabus defends his action by arguing that the developer of the game should have made a PC port himself and that by not doing so is "not very nice."

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European Commission Mandates the Inclusion of Intellectual Property Rights Measures in TAFTA

May 24, 2013 -

Back in March La Quadrature du Net (a non-profit association defending the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet) joined 47 European and International organizations in asking the European Parliament to exclude provisions related to patents, copyright, trademarks, data protection, geographical indications, or other forms of so-called intellectual property from the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA).

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Report: Rhode Island Wants to Sell 38 Studios IP

May 20, 2013 -

This should come as no shock to anyone that has been following the saga between the state of Rhode Island and bankrupt game development house 38 Studios: the state of Rhode Island has decided that it will sell off the studios' assets (which it now owns) to pay down some of the deficit it was left with after 38 Studios went bankrupt.

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Wargaming.net Files Lawsuit Against Project Tank Makers

May 9, 2013 -

World of Tanks developer Wargaming.net has filed a lawsuit against Changyou.com and Beijing Gamease Age Digital Technology Co. in the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant(s) "stole" Wargaming.net's intillectual property to create an online tank game called "Project Tanks" that is "disturbingly similar" to World of Tanks. Wargaming.net is using the law firm Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

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Three Former NIS America Employees Form New Company

May 7, 2013 -

Three former Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) America employees have struck out on their own to create a new independent and digital content publishing company located in Los Angeles called Acttil. The name is an acronym for "acceptance +creativity +teamwork +trust +innovation +love." The studio features the talents of long-time and now former NIS America employees Jack Niida, Hiroko Kanazashi, and Nao Miyazawa.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 50

May 6, 2013 -

Episode 50 of the show is certainly a milestone for hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight (and myself) - which just happens to mark nearly a year of the podcast to boot. So, yay for us! On this week's show we discuss the prank on pirates played by the maker of Game Dev Tycoon, the Nyan Cat / Keyboard Cat- Warner Bros. lawsuit, the latest poll over at GamePolitics, and some other fun stuff. Download Episode 50 now: SuperPAC Episode 50 (1 hour, 15 minutes) 68.6 MB.

Nyan Cat Creator Comments on Warner Bros. Lawsuit

May 3, 2013 -

Responding to the widespread reporting that the "Nyan Cat" creator and "Keyboard Cat" creator sued Warner Bros. over the inclusion of the Internet memes in the game Scribblenauts Unlimited, Christopher "Nyan" Orlando Torres said that he tried to talk to Warner Bros. about the issue but was disrespected on multiple occasions.

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Suda51 Blames Low Sales of His Games on Publishers

May 3, 2013 -

Grasshopper Manufacturer Goichi "Suda51" Suda says that his various games have not had the best sales because of the way publishers treat its unique gaming experiences. Suda51's games include Shadows of the Damned, Killer7 and No More Heroes.

Having worked with some pretty huge publishers over the years (Sega, EA, etc.), Suda51 feels that the companies don't understand how to handle indie titles like his:

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House Judiciary Chairman Promises Series of Hearings on U.S. Copyright Law

April 25, 2013 -

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) announced yesterday plans to conduct a serious of hearings aimed at identifying problems with U.S. copyright laws and updating them for the modern digital age. Goodlatte was a key sponsor of the failed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) last year alongside the bill's author, former chairman of the Judiciary Committee Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas).

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Vlambeer is “Cloned” Again And Responds That It Doesn’t Like Competition

April 24, 2013 -

Vlambeer is no stranger to cloning controversies.

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Vlambeer Fights Back Against 'Luftrausers Clone'

April 23, 2013 -

Yesterday we reported the striking similarities between Vlambeer's upcoming mobile game Luftrausers and Rubiq Labs alleged clone of it, SkyFar. Today Vlambeer says that it has asked Apple and Google to remove the game from their app store because it is a blatant clone of its game, currently in development for the PlayStation Vita. Rubiq Labs released SkyFar on April 10 on Apple's App Store.

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Nordic Games Buys Big IP from THQ

April 23, 2013 -

A new filing from bankrupt publisher THQ reveals details on the last franchises that were not sold separately as part of THQ's big asset auction earlier this year. Nordic Games has secured the rights to Darksiders and Red Faction, while (as we mentioned yesterday) Gearbox snapped up Homeworld.

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Mojang Inks Global Minecraft Toy Deal with Jazwares

April 22, 2013 -

Mojang has inked a deal with North American toy maker Jazwares to produce a line of action figures, plush, and papercraft items based on the ultra-popular Minecraft game franchise. The new deal covers the entire globe, with toys shipping by year's end if all goes well.

"We are excited by our new partnership with Jazwares," said Mojang CEO Carl Manneh. "This partnership will help give our community a new way to interact with the game they love."

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Gearbox Revealed as Homeworld Mystery Buyer

April 22, 2013 -

Last week TeamPixel announced that the effort to crowd source the purchase of the Homeworld series from THQ has failed after it learned that the license had been bought by someone else. The campaign began in January on Kickstarter, with TeamPixel promising to secure the license and make Homeworld 3 for PC, Mac and Linux, and Homeworld Touch for iOS and Android. The developer then refunded backers' contributions.

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E. Zachary KnightAndrew, a disclosure would probably be in order as she likely still has a strong relationship with IGN staff. My follow up question would be "What is the statute of limitations on such a requirement?"10/02/2014 - 11:09am
E. Zachary KnightSleaker, my hyperbole was intended to illustrate the difference and similarity between direct censorship and indirect censorship.10/02/2014 - 11:07am
Andrew EisenOpen Question: Former IGN Nintendo editor Audrey Drake now works in the Nintendo Treehouse. Do you think it's important for IGN to disclose this fact in the review of Fantasy Life, a game she worked on? Should IGN recuse itself from reviewing the game?10/02/2014 - 11:07am
E. Zachary KnightSleaker, My thoughts on disclosure: http://gamepolitics.com/2014/09/25/what-your-gamergate-wish-list#comment-29598710/02/2014 - 11:02am
Sleaker@EZK - using hyperbole is a bit silly. I'm asking a serious question. Where's the line on disclosure as relates to journalistic involvement in the culture they report on?10/02/2014 - 10:59am
E. Zachary KnightSo a journalist reporting on general gaming news mentions a specific developer and their game involved in said news, and it is suddenly some nefarious conspiracy to hide a conflict of interest. I think someone is reaching for validation.10/02/2014 - 10:53am
Andrew EisenYes, imagine anyone insisting that two utterences of the phrase "Depression Quest creator Zoe Quinn" wasn't influenced by something happening in the future!10/02/2014 - 10:52am
Sleaker@Pap Midnight - So wouldn't it be any journalist writing about general gaming culture would need to disclose any and all links/ties to said general gaming culture to be ethical? Also @EZK to use you're own methodology, I'm still curious on the question10/02/2014 - 10:49am
KronoSure none of those are reviews, but it is positive exposure, which as illustrated by The Fine Young Capitalists, is pretty damn important for getting people to check out your work.10/02/2014 - 10:32am
Krono@Midnight and of course the article most people mention and insist was no way influenced by him being romantically involved only days later, and her friend beforehand here: http://goo.gl/xCzivK10/02/2014 - 10:29am
Papa MidnightThe term "lovers" might be pushing it given the apparent time frame, but I understand what you're saying. Even if they were friends at the time, then that may present impropiety. However, that calls for a Magic-8-Ball level of speculation.10/02/2014 - 10:26am
Krono@Midnight She was a guest on an RPS show he cohosted here: http://goo.gl/QxljSG10/02/2014 - 10:24am
prh99Personally I'd say her original piece on Bronies was far more ethically questionable. Though for different reasons.10/02/2014 - 10:20am
Krono@Midnight On the Grayson relationship? For starters it depends on how long they were friends before they were lovers. Nathan gave Depression Quest top billing back in this article: http://goo.gl/tqGsnW10/02/2014 - 10:20am
Papa MidnightIf said journalist, however, is placed into a position where they have to write about matters dealing with DICE, then yes, a COI is present and should be declared.10/02/2014 - 10:18am
Papa MidnightHypothetically, if a developer from DICE starts dating a tech journalist from CNN tomorrow, so long as said CNN journalist is not (in)directly involved in any editorial process regarding matters dealing with DICE, there's no need to declare a COI.10/02/2014 - 10:18am
Papa MidnightThere's no need for it. A declaration of a Conflict of Interest is only necessary in the event that the parties may be placed into a situation where the conflict may become a factor.10/02/2014 - 10:16am
Krono@prh99 It was after #gamergate. There was a post on r/games that called out the lack of disclosure.10/02/2014 - 10:12am
Papa MidnightKrono: If the purpose of such was to expose some conflict of interest, I am not sure what the purpose or end objective was. Specifically, said relationship had not produced any works positive or otherwise. Where's the beef?10/02/2014 - 10:09am
prh99I don't know, the update isn't dated. Also, actual attempt at deception or absent mindedness? "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity"10/02/2014 - 10:06am
 

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