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Senator calls on ESRB to re-consider loot boxes

New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan says "at minimum" the ratings system should note when games employ the contentious business model

By Brendan Sinclair

Quantic Dream labels claims of toxic conditions as "smear campaign"

UPDATE: Council of Paris investigating public funds awarded to studio, and considering tighter regulations for companies that do not care for staff

By James Batchelor

Counter-Strike's Jess Cliffe arrested for sexual exploitation of a child

Co-creator of classic first-person shooter suspended by Valve until more is known of charges

By Brendan Sinclair

Valve appeal against $2.4m fine extends four-year legal battle in Australia

Steam firm was fined for lack of refund policy but intends to fight back - despite previous failed appeal

By James Batchelor

Twitch wins $1.3m lawsuit against view bots

California judge orders bot makers to shut down and pay damages to leading streaming platform

By James Batchelor

Twitch takes legal action following spambot incident

Brandan Lukus Apple faces "mischief in relation to computer data" charge over 150,000 spam messages across 1,000 channels

By Matthew Handrahan

Tencent working with Chinese police to fight PUBG cheats - report

30 cases have been exposed as PUBG's community is cleaned up ahead of official Chinese launch

By Matthew Handrahan

TIGA publishes guide to forthcoming changes in data protection law

The General Data Protection Regulation to replace the Data Protection Act on May 25

By Haydn Taylor

Cloud Imperium Games responds to Crytek suit

Star Citizen studio calls CryEngine maker's complaint misleading and scandalous, saying it "sacrifices legal sufficiency for loud publicity"

By Brendan Sinclair

Regulators eye game monetisation in 2018

Controversy over monetisation of games isn't going away, and it's likely to reach the corridors of government sooner rather than later

By Rob Fahey

Epic clampdown on real-world guns and copyright-infringing game assets

Engine provider conducting thorough audit of Unreal Marketplace for trademark abuse

By James Batchelor

Call of Duty argument leads to fatal swatting - Report

Police kill 28-year-old Kansas man in response to bogus 911 call placed over a $1.50 wager match

By Brendan Sinclair

World Health Organisation recognises 'gaming disorder' as disease

First draft of upcoming compendium revision, if approved, warns of "significant impairment" in personal, family and social life

By James Batchelor

ESA hails US tax reform

Trade group applauds permanent reduction in corporate tax rate from as high as 35% down to 21%

By Brendan Sinclair

Microsoft promises transparency in sexual harassment cases

Xbox platform holder will eliminate forced arbitration agreements in an effort to stop serial offenders

By James Batchelor

FCC votes to dismantle net neutrality

ESA "disappointed" as US governing body votes 3-2 to abandon rule preventing service providers from blocking traffic

By Brendan Sinclair

Crytek sues Star Citizen developers

Alleges Cloud Imperium is still using CryEngine, but studio will "defend vigourously" against "meritless lawsuit"

By James Batchelor

Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene calls for better IP protection in games

PUBG creator laments the lack of deterrents for copycats, says clones stifle innovation

By James Batchelor

Former employee sues Crytek Istanbul

Head of game operations laid off in October, still waiting on severance pay

By James Batchelor

Pushing the trolls back under the bridge

Dealing with abusive behaviour and trolling in games is an old problem, but rarely has the issue been so serious, or the responses so lacking, as in 2017

By Rob Fahey

The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Licensing your IP, with Gary D Nissenbaum

Latest episode available now, discusses how to arrange merchandise deals and more

By James Batchelor

Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringement

Connecticut-based HoloTouch claims that HoloLens actually infringes two of its patents

By James Brightman

Gazillion faces surge of refund requests after Marvel Heroes closure news

Players frustrated after spending hundreds of dollars on in-game microtransactions

By James Batchelor

Humvee maker suing Activision over trademark infringement in Call of Duty

Automotive firm says series success came "only at the expense of AM General"

By James Batchelor

There will be no fast-track visas for the UK games industry

Polystream's Bruce Grove addresses a key misunderstanding about life after Brexit for most British studios

By Bruce Grove

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