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Riot Games claim they have no systemic gender discrimination as they settle gender discrimination lawsuit

League Of Legends developers Riot Games have this week agreed to settle one of the class action lawsuits levied against them, paying up to the women who sued them for gender discrimination. Hooray for those women getting what they consider to be a fair settlement; may it be all that they deserve. Boo to…well, where do we begin.

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Chinese publisher Indievent lose their business license after Devotion pooh furore

The tragic tale of Red Candle's horror game Devotion only gets sadder. Originally pulled from stores after it was discovered to contain a joking comparison between Winnie The Pooh and Chinese president (and Winnie The Pooh lookalike) Xi Jinping. Now it appears it has cost its Chinese publisher everything. As shared via Twitter by Iain Garner of Another Indie and confirmed by PCGamesN, the Chinese…

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Riot Games management seem unmoved after staff walkout

Unsurprisingly, but no less frustrating for it, Riot Games (League Of Legends) management aren't backing down from their stance on forced arbitration. This company policy is preventing two current employees from suing over gender discrimination, and the primary reason for the recent staff walkout. They have, at least, said they'd end forced arbitration for new and future staff, but according to a public statement released last night,…

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US legislator takes aim at loot boxes targeting children

A Republican senator is set to introduce a bill that would restrict loot boxes and other predatory business models specifically aimed at children, as reported by GamesIndustry.biz. The "Protecting Children From Abusive Games Act" is the brain-child of Senator Josh Hawley, and would put the American FTC (Federal Trade Commission) in charge of enforcing the new rules. If this law were to pass, then games…

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Riot Games facing staff walkout after attempts to block lawsuits

As much as League Of Legends studio Riot Games has sworn to clean up their act after multiple scathing reports of sexism and abuse within the company, it hasn't been enough for their staff. While it doesn't look like the in-house term 'Rioter' will become literal, Waypoint report that employees are considering walking out. This appears to be in response to the company's attempts to use…

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Riot Games move to block discrimination lawsuits with arbitration clause

Mere months after declaring new company values for a brighter, more inclusive future, Riot Games - developers of MOBA monolith League Of Legends - are at it again. As reported by Kotaku's Cecilia D'Anastasio, the company are attempting to force two of the women involved (and still currently employed) in a gender discrimination lawsuit into private arbitration, which would end the legal action. Riot's attorney…

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Secret City Of Heroes fan-server unmasked by rogue player

It seems that City Of Heroes still lives, albeit unofficially, but some have taken umbrage at the dead-and-returned superhero MMORPG adopting a secret identity to hide from NCsoft's lawyers. As reported by Massively Overpowered, outspoken fans of the game have been quietly invited to a secret, free fan-run version of the game for years now. The server is run by a shadowy circle of coders…

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Valve respond confusingly to European Commission region-locking complaint

Earlier today, the European Commission released a statement claiming Valve and five other publishers may have worked together to breach EU international competition rules. The companies are accused of blocking the activation of Steam keys purchased from other nations, even if the purchase and activation locations are both EU member states. The companies named include Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media (including Deep Silver) and…

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British MPs turn their attention to Steam after Rape Day debacle

Valve's "reactionary" approach to moderating Steam and their handling of visual novel Rape Day has now earned them the ire of Scottish National Party MP Hannah Bardell. Backed by MSP Shona Robison, she has called for a full review in how platforms such as Steam "are able to get away with this kind of stupidity", as reported by Gameindustry.biz here. Being an American storefront, I'm unsure what…

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Devotion disappears from Steam after Chinese Pooh furore

Taiwanese studio Red Candle Games had a very bad weekend. After the launch of their 80s-set horror game Devotion, players noticed a scrap of paper in-game which invokes the names of Chinese president Xi Jinping and Winnie The Pooh. Xi (who looks much like the cuddly cartoon bear) being a reasonable man able to take a mild joke, Winnie The Pooh and associated properties are…

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Epic sue organisers of rubbish Fortnite Live festival in Norwich

Photo: ITV News Anglia Adding legal injury to public insult, Epic Games are suing Exciting Events, organisers of a disastrous Fortnite-themed festival in Norwich. The utterly naff-looking event made for some amusing headlines over the weekend, with the BBC covering it here. Despite the Fortnite Live festival invoking the name and using character art from Epic's battle royale shooter, it was unsurprisingly unofficial. In a…

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Japan bans game key re-sales and (bafflingly) save data editors

Image from Polygon's Mass Effect 2 Monster Factory, aided by Gibbed's ME2 save editor. A change to Japanese law has outlawed the re-distribution of game keys and - more confusingly - software that can alter save data for games. As reported by Gamasutra, this change came in December, but has already forced Japanese company Cyber Gadget to end sales of their seemingly innocuous PlayStation 4…

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Fresh Prince’s Alfonso Ribeiro pursuing legal action over Fortnite’s Carlton Dance

Epic Games not coming up with their own dance moves continues to cause trouble for mega-popular shooter Fortnite Battle Royale. As reported by TMZ, actor Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air) is suing Epic for cribbing his famously daft dance for use in the game as a premium emote sold in-game. Ribeiro is in the process of copyrighting the dance,…

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Lucasfilm shut down Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic fan remake

Lawyers from Lucasfilm have shut down Apeiron, a fan remake of BioWare's 2003 RPG Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (one of the best PC games, according to us). It's little surprise that The Suits have stamped this out, though of course it is a bummer - and doubly so because Poem Studios put three years of hope and work into Apeiron before it…

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CBS decloak to drop a cease-and-desist on virtual Star Trek Enterprise-D tour Stage 9

Like the Ferengi, corporations can justify nearly anything in the name of potential profit. Today's fan-casualty is Stage 9, a virtual recreation of Star Trek's Enterprise-D to walk around - less a game, more a virtual Star Trek museum piece. After two years of work, it was issued a cease-and-desist by TV network CBS earlier this month, and lead developer Scragnog formally announced its demise…

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A former Telltale employee files a class-action suit against the studio

Today brings one more twist to the story of Telltale's tragic end. As reported by Polygon, the company has been hit by a class-action lawsuit filed by a former employee over a possible breach of local law. The prolific adventure studio laid off almost its entire staff last week (minus a skeleton crew who will stay on for a little while longer) with no warning…

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Steam’s first sexually explicit Adult Only games are out now, but not in every region

With the release of Negligee: Love Stories last Friday, a major new door has been opened on Steam. Sexually explicit games are now allowed on the storefront, albeit filtered out by default. However, the Adult Only tag excludes games from sale from many countries for legal reasons, according to this Steam forum post by Negligee developers Dharker Studio. Restrictions aside, there's more good news for…

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Sixteen gambling regulators unite to grumble about loot boxes and skin gambling

The walls seem to be closing in on loot boxes and digital football cards. Just last week, the Belgian gaming commission declared that EA are under criminal investigation after refusing to cut paid loot boxes from the FIFA series. Now, sixteen gambling regulators around the world (mostly Europe, but Washington State are involved) have made a joint declaration that there's something rotten in the state…

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EA may be going to court in Belgium to keep loot boxes in FIFA 18 and 19

EA made a show of cutting loot boxes from games such as Star Wars Battlefront 2, but they seem willing to go to court to fight for their presence in FIFA 18 and 19, and it might result in a legal battle. After the Belgian Gaming Commission declared many kinds of loot box to be gambling, some studios restricted sales of random virtual rewards in the…

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Epic sue over ‘irreparable injury’ caused by Fortnite leaks

Perhaps inspired by their recent meteor-dropping event in Fortnite, Epic Games are aiming a megaton weight at one of their former QA contractors. They claim that former QA guy Thomas Hannah leaked the true target of May's map-changing meteor back in late April, giving hints to someone who then posted about it on Reddit in a now-deleted post. Epic Games claim that they've suffered "actual losses" and "irreparable…

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