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EA and Zynga settle The Ville lawsuits

Electronic Arts and Zynga have settled their legal kerfuffle, which began when the former sued the social games giant for what it called a “clear violation” of copyright laws over similarities between games. Details on the settlement are lacking, but InsideSocialGames has a statement from Zynga that it has resolved its respective claims with EA and “reached a settlement” in the Northern District of California. The legal drama kicked off last August when EA sued Zynga over the similarities between Zynga’s recently released The Ville and EA’s The Sims Social

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Court rules Netflix receives unfair advantage in GameFly postal dispute

The US Court of Appeals ruled today that Netflix does receive an unfair advantage from the U.S. Postal Service in how it handles DVDs shipped through the system

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Kotick on why firing West, Zampella was easy, turning down a CoD film

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick settled a lawsuit with former employees Frank West and Vince Zampella, both now at EA, in May. Kotick fired West and Zampella in 2010, after learning they were going to bail on their contracts to join EA, Kotick said, and from there, his job was easy: “You find out two executives are planning to break their contracts, keep the money you gave them and steal 40 employees. What do you do?

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SEGA to sue Level-5 for patent infringement

SEGA is taking Level-5 to court over its  Inazuma Eleven soccer games, claiming they infringe on a patent the larger publisher holds.  The bone of contention is the ability to move characters via a finger or pen on a touchscreen. Yes, apparently SEGA has the sole claim to that, and it’s guarding its property like a dragon on a big pile of gold. SEGA wants all eight Inazuma Eleven games removed from sale, plus  ¥900 million in damages.  Level-5 has kept its commentary on the situation light, but does intend to fight the case.

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Sega sues Level-5, charges patent infringement in Inazuma Eleven

Level-5 , perhaps best known in the western world as the publisher of the Professor Layton games, has a popular soccer series in Japan called Inazuma Eleven, and Sega doesn’t like it. Sega is suing Level-5, alleging patent infringement on a mechanic in Nintendo DS versions of Inazuma Eleven that allows players to move characters with their fingers or a stylus, Kotaku reports

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Judge denies Motorola U.S. Xbox 360 ban

Motorola tried to shut down the sale of the Xbox 360 and other Microsoft products over a patent fees dispute, but it didn’t stick. Motorola wanted somewhere near $4 billion a year for the use of some pretty standard tech, but Microsoft was looking to pay a bit less at around $1 million.  This case went to trial early last month , and just now the judge has denied Motorola’s request for a ban.

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X-Men: Destiny destined for unsure lifespan on Games on Demand

X-Men: Destiny is available from today on Xbox Live Marketplace as part of the Games on Demand program, priced at $39.99.

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Silicon Knights ordered to destroy all unsold games using Unreal Engine 3, award to Epic Games doubled

Silicon Knights is being ordered by the US court to recall and destroy all unsold copies of games using Unreal Engine 3, including Too Human and X-Men: Destiny . The new ruling on post-trial motions for the case between Silicon Knights and Epic Games also saw Epic’s jury award upped from $4.5 million to over $9 million

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Silicon Knights to recall and destroy its Unreal 3 games

Following Silicon Knights’ lost legal battle against Epic Games, it has been revealed (via GAF ) that the perpetually unlucky studio has been ordered to recall and destroy all unsold copies of its Unreal 3-coded games.  The games due for the chopping block are: Too Human X-Men: Destiny The Sandman The Box/Ritualist Siren in the Maelstrom The developer has until December 10 to get all the games back and eradicate them, at its own expense. Given reports that Silicon Knights was already in grave danger, this very well may be the last nail in its coffin.  Silicon Knights and Epic Games were embroiled in a long legal battle after the former accused the latter of fraud, citing failure to produce a working game engine in Unreal Engine 3. Silicon accused Epic of “sabotaging” Unreal 3 licenses by providing inferior versions of the engine in order to fund its own production of Gears of War

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Texas Patent Firm Asks Judge to Shut Down Magic: The Gathering: Online

A Texas intellectual property firm has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Wizards of the Coast—but, intriguingly, not parent company Hasbro—alleging that Magic: The Gathering ’s online version violates patents it holds on a video game you’ve probably never heard of. Given that Magic: The Gathering Online is 10 years old, and patent infringement cases are filed in federal court in Texas, like, all the damn time, you’re right to suspect this is a garden-variety patent troll case, which have snagged companies as large as Nintendo before

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