Disney’s Lucasfilm Sues Academy That Teaches People How to Use Lightsabers

After opening several Star Wars-themed businesses, a man named Michael Brown has been sued by Lucasfilm for infringing on its intellectual property. A lawsuit against Brown was filed for the operation of businesses that include New York Jedi, the Lightsaber Academy and Thrills and Skills.


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SAG-AFTRA Threatens Strike Against Videogame Companies

The SAG-AFTRA National Board of Directors has set a Friday strike date against video game employers should they not agree to a new deal. The union announced it will go on strike against several companies. Unless a deal is struck during bargaining sessions scheduled for the first part of this week, all games that went into production after Feb. 17, 2015 for those employers will be struck.


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Pro Overwatch Player Fined For ‘Lewd Comment’ About Interviewer

Timo ‘Taimou’ Kettunen, a member of competitive Overwatch’s Team EnVyUs, was fined by the South Korean esports network OGN for making “a lewd comment” in a Twitch chat about one of its interviewers. Taimou made his sexist remarks during an interview with Thomas “Morte” Kerbusch of REUNITED after the latter was defeated 3-0 by Team Runaway.


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In re Sony PS3 “Other OS” Litigation

Sony customers who purchased one of the original launch PlayStation 3 consoles can now submit claims in a nationwide class-action lawsuit regarding the company’s removal of Linux support from the system, according to a settlement notice.

Read more at http://www.otherossettlement.com/

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Infamous Lizard Squad attacks on Sony, Microsoft lead to federal charges

Two teenagers have been charged with cyber crimes related to the 2014 holiday attacks that brought down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Those distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks knocked millions of customers offline, rendering the gaming networks useless and costing Sony and Microsoft both money and goodwill with fans. Zachary Buchta of Fallston, Maryland and Bradley Jan Willem Van Rooy of Leiden, the Netherlands were charged by U.S. attorneys in federal court for “conspiring to cause damage to protected computers.”


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Washington Gambling Commission demands end to Valve CS:GO skin gambling

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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Developer seeking Steam users’ identities for lawsuit withdraws case, saying his studio ‘is destroyed’

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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Every Fig backer can finally pony up for Psychonauts 2

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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Ubisoft survives stockholder meeting, prepares for hostile takeover

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 under investigation for false advertising

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.

Read more at http://www.polygon.com/2016/9/28/13093588/no-mans-sky-advertising-standards-authority-false-advertising

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