Rumor: Sony Buying Crash Bandicoot IP from Activision

November 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to CVG Sony is acquiring the rights to Crash Bandicoot from Activision. Crash Bandicoot became the official mascot of the first Sony PlayStation console and was a popular franchise for many years until it was sold as part of a deal with Vivendi.

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Report: Multiple Companies in Bidding War for TimeGate IP

November 20, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A bidding war has broken out for assets related to bankrupt developer TimeGate Studios, according to this Wall Street Journal report. According to WSJ rights to the first-person shooter Section 8 as well as TimeGate's unreleased free-to-play title Minimum are at the center of a feud between three separate companies including CNH Partners, France-based Atari SA and Southpeak Interactive Corp.

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Heritage Global Partners Hosting 38 Studios IP Auction in Early December

November 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Heritage Global Partners will hold an auction to sell off the intellectual property of 38 Studios and Big Huge Games. The auction is being held on behalf of Richard J. Land, the Rhode Island court-appointed receiver, on December 11. The deadline for submitting initial bids is 5 pm EST on December 4.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Document Leak Agitates Rights Groups

November 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A leak of the most controversial section of the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is making waves today. The documents, released on Wikileaks, reveals the most contentious parts of the treaty dealing with intellectual property rights. Some have gone so far as to call the language in this section of the document hauntingly similar to the language in SOPA.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 74

October 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about the latest GamePolitics poll, the controversy over a crunch time tweet from Crytek, the cost of Six Strikes, a special needs student being suspended from school for drawing a bomb, and an Illinois State Attorney calling for an "economic boycott" of GTA V. Download Episode 74 now: SuperPAC Episode 74 (1 hour, 12 minutes) 33.1 MB.

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Artist Daz Dillinger Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to GTA V Makers over Two Music Tracks

October 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Lawyers for rap artist Daz Dillinger, also known as "Dat Nigga Daz" and "Delmar Drew Arnaud," sent a cease and desist letter to Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games to block the use of his songs in Grand Theft Auto V. Speaking to TMZ, Dillinger said that he took action because it is all about "respecting an artist's work" and added that "Rockstar didn't do that here and I can't let them get away with it."

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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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Andrew EisenIt's not about gamers at all, it's discussing the harassment and abuse that Sarkeesian and Quinn had suffered. So yeah, not a great title but not an attack on gamers either.07/31/2015 - 4:48pm
Andrew EisenI agree than many of the titles are kinda bunk though. For example, Ars Technia's "The death of the 'gamers' and the women who 'killed' them" doesn't really work for the article.07/31/2015 - 4:47pm
Andrew EisenAnd I still don't see how articles like Polygon's "An awful week to care about video games" can be construed as an attack.07/31/2015 - 4:25pm
Andrew Eisen18 total? I've seen several lists and the total has never been above 14. The most popular collection seems to be 9 on Aug. 28 then three more on Aug. 29, Sep. 2 and Sep. 3.07/31/2015 - 4:24pm
Infophile@Goth_Skunk: Your distaste for TMS is noted and given exactly the respect it deserves. The fact that you don't like a site doesn't mean they can't be right. In the linked article, they are.07/31/2015 - 4:06pm
Goth_SkunkAnd the worst volleys are the ones being fired by the kind of people who should be standing up and saying 'Hey! This isn't cool! Stop that!'07/31/2015 - 4:05pm
Goth_SkunkNow let's come full circle: One such confrontationally titled article is easy to dismiss. Within a day, nine similarly titled articles are written. Within 4 more days, nine more articles are written. This can't be ignored. This is a blatant attack.07/31/2015 - 4:04pm
Andrew EisenAnd that's totally fine. I too often skip articles and videos based solely on an unappealing title.07/31/2015 - 3:56pm
Goth_SkunkPersonally, I would not waste time reading an article with such a blatantly confrontational title.07/31/2015 - 3:52pm
Andrew EisenGoth - Depends on how the article was written and what it actually said.07/31/2015 - 3:49pm
Goth_SkunkThis is like going fishing and castign a HUGE net that captures tuna, dolphins, sharks, cod, and salmon when all you really want to capture are clownfish.07/31/2015 - 3:48pm
Andrew EisenPerm - If the specific make and model are made clear, I have no problem with the article saving space by refering to them as "these cars" or whatever.07/31/2015 - 3:47pm
Goth_Skunk... Hasbro's widening horizons..." would it not make sense that some would object there is no distinction being made between a reactionary brony and a stable-minded brony?07/31/2015 - 3:47pm
Big PermCars are being recalled because they explode. Editors Note at the end: Not all cars, only this specific make and model07/31/2015 - 3:46pm
Andrew EisenI still feel it was clear that they were admonishing a particular and very specific type of gamer. It's why I had no problem with any of the articles (especially since about half of them weren't really about "gamers" anyway).07/31/2015 - 3:45pm
Goth_Skunk@Andrew: If a columnist had written a "Bronies Are Dead" article, but in the article stated: "Note: I'm not talking about every guy who watches MLP or who self-identifies as a brony, just the type of reactionary holdouts that feel so threatened by..."07/31/2015 - 3:45pm
benohawkYou would if you didn't care.07/31/2015 - 3:43pm
Big PermIf you're referring to a certain subset of gamers, you wouldn't refer to that subset under the umbrella term of gamer. Or at least I wouldn't, because I think that's ridiculous.07/31/2015 - 3:42pm
benohawkI buy it, I think they honestly have no problem with most gamers. But it was more important to get links and page views, so gamers were a whipping boy for the media again.07/31/2015 - 3:41pm
Big PermI won't defend people going too far with harassment or email campaigns, but I also won't say they're in the wrong for feeling hostility towards their identity.07/31/2015 - 3:41pm
 

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