The Washington State Gambling Commission today announced that it has told Valve to “immediately stop allowing the transfer of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive virtual weapons for gambling activities” through its retail outlet Steam. The state body, which regulates gambling in Valve’s home state, said it had given the company until Oct. 14 to respond and “explain how it is in full compliance with Washington’s gambling laws or it will risk having the Gambling Commission take additional civil or criminal action.”
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Digital Homicide was granted a motion for dismissal of its $18 million lawsuit against the Steam users, whom the studio alleged had committed harassment with scathing reviews, comments and criticisms of Digital Homicide’s games and co-founders. The two-man studio that sought to subpoena Valve for the personal information of 100 Steam users is withdrawing all of its legal actions, saying recent events and bad publicity surrounding them have wiped out their business and their ability to pursue a lawsuit.
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The Fig equity crowdfunding platform has finally finished its review process with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. That means non-accredited investors who made reservations to fund games like Psychonauts 2 months ago now have the opportunity to actually purchase equity in the game.
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At its most recent stockholder meeting, Ubisoft resisted Vivendi’s attempts at a takeover. But company insiders feel that the war for control of the creators of games like Assassin’s Creed, The Division, and Rayman has just begun, and is likely to end in a hostile takeover.
Read more at http://www.polygon.com/2016/9/29/13104732/ubisoft-survives-stockholder-meeting-prepares-for-hostile-takeover
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No Man’s Sky’s promotional material is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the U.K.-based Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following “several complaints about No Man’s Sky’s advertising,” which angry customers have criticized as misleading.
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More than 70 Pokémon Go players who see themselves as victims of the game have filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission since the game’s July launch. Of the 72 complaints filed about the game through Sept. 13, 56 were directed at Pokémon Go developer Niantic with the bulk of the rest spread between Nintendo and The Pokémon Company.
Read more at http://www.polygon.com/2016/9/28/13082056/pokemon-go-ftc-complaints
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Several patent applications filed by Nintendo this past January were published online today, and their contents are reminiscent of recent reports about the company’s next game console, known only as the NX.
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Riot Games has filed a lawsuit against LeagueSharp, a cheating software for League of Legends that automates gameplay, locates enemies and boosts accuracy, allowing players to gain experience at an inhuman rate.
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AM2R: Another Metroid 2 Remake will remain in development, its creator said, despite Nintendo’s copyright claim on the project. Although Metroid fans can no longer download the enhanced, unofficial revamp of the Game Boy classic, developer DoctorM64 is committed to working on the project for the foreseeable future.
Read more at http://www.polygon.com/2016/8/8/12404100/metroid-2-fan-remake-am2r-copyright-claim
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No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games is working with Sony to retract content claims lodged against YouTubers discussing new details, like the game’s first patch notes.
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