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Nintendo's eShop refund policy found to violate European consumer rights

Norwegian Consumer Council asks Nintendo to bring its policy in line with European law

By Matthew Handrahan

ESA opposes potential DMCA rule change aimed at preserving abandoned online games

"Preservation of online video games is now critical,” says Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment

By Haydn Taylor

Outsourcer suing Gameloft over Asphalt assets and trade secrets

Vietnamese studio Glass Egg claims employees created assets without company's knowledge

By James Batchelor

Hawaii proposes landmark legislation against loot boxes

UPDATE: State representative who previously declared legislation a "slippery slope" affirms support for efforts toward regulating loot boxes; expects more states to follow Hawaii's lead

By Haydn Taylor

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

South Australian Game Development Fund now open

Production, development, and marketing grants now available as part of state government's AU $2 million investment fund

By Haydn Taylor

Update: Swedish gambling legislation review unlikely to impact loot boxes

Any review of gambling legislation will not necessarily include an investigation into loot boxes, says Swedish Games Industry spokesman

By Haydn Taylor

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

German Youth Protection Commission investigates loot boxes

It's "conceivable" that loot boxes violate existing regulation, says commission chairman

By Haydn Taylor

Subnautica developer fired over "many hateful statements"

Sound designer Simon Chylinski dropped from underwater survival game after history of insensitive tweets

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

YouTube "tightening and enforcing" policies toward content creators

“We realise we have a serious social responsibility to get these emerging policy issues right," says CEO

By Haydn Taylor

German trade bodies unite to form one organisation

Merger of BIU and GAME gives German industry a single representative association

By Matthew Handrahan

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

ESRB defends its drug-related guidance after study finds video game depiction unrealistic

32% of drug use cases acted as power-up, while 28% boosted character's health

By Haydn Taylor

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

Washington state senator introduces bill to determine whether loot boxes are gambling

"If [parents] realised how predatory these game are then they wouldn't want them under their Christmas tree, they wouldn't want them going to their kids," says senator

By Haydn Taylor

To build a future, Italy's games industry must reckon with its past

Cultural prejudice against games remains strong in Italy, but the AESVI and its development community have gained vital ground on the path to acceptance

By Matthew Handrahan

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

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