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Riot Games settles gender discrimination lawsuit for $100 million

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The new settlement secures $80 million for the women of Riot and contractors. Game Developer reports that Riot Games has agreed on a settlement of the class-action lawsuit against the company to the tune of $100 million, a massive increase from the $10 million settlement attempt previously made that was rejected for letting Riot off too easily. The class-action lawsuit came after blockbuster reports of sexism and abuse in Riot’s workplace. The settlement was approved by the California Department of…

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Roblox sues player for harassing staff and posting “terrorist threats”

The Roblox Corporation are suing a long-banned user who they claim is the leader of a “cybermob” that has “terrorised” Roblox players and developers. They lawsuit claims Benjamin Robert Simon (a YouTuber also known as “Ruben Sim”) has cyberbullied and harassed Roblox employeees, engaed in sexual harassment on the platform, and even posted “terrorist threats” that got police involved and briefly shut down an in-person Roblox conference. Read more

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Activision Blizzard commit to $18 million settlement with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Activision Blizzard have agreed to create a claims fund of $18 million (£13m) for employees who experienced harm from “sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and/or related retaliation”. This is part of a settlement with the USA’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), who had taken Actiblizz to court with allegations of those issues. The company also had to agree to, like, not do any of those bad things—but the settlement is not an admission of guilt. This is only one of Activision Blizzard’s current legal battles over alleged workplace problems. Read more

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Activision Blizzard are now being investigated by the US government

The US government’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are investigating Activision Blizzard over the company’s handling of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations. This comes just two months after the Call Of Duty publishers were sued by a State department for alleged workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Now, The SEC have subpoenaed a number of high-level executives, reportedly including CEO Bobby Kotick, and have requested internal documents relating to the allegations. Read more

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Frazier Kay to sue Coffeezilla over Save the Kids crypto investigation

The legal representatives of Frazier Kay (pictured left), the British content creator that was recently booted out of FaZe Clan for his involvement in a scandalous Save the Kids cryptocurrency operation, have threatened to sue a journalist who helped expose it. Coffeezilla (pictured right) has claimed he received a cease and desist letter from Kay’s lawyers, demanding he retract his public statements about Kay or face litigation. They claim Coffeezilla’s statements about Kay are ‘false and defamatory’ and that he could ‘lose millions of dollars in revenue’ for publishing them. Continue reading Frazier Kay to sue Coffeezilla over Save the…

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Nintendo now facing Switch Joy-Con drift lawsuit in Canada

By Alex Calvin, Saturday, 23 January 2021 14:03 GMT This is on top of the legal action the company is facing in the US and Europe.Japanese platform holder, Nintendo, is now facing a Switch Joy-Con lawsuit in Canada.As spotted by IGN, Quebec-based law firm Lambert Avocat has started recruiting for a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo over the infamous issue with the Switch controllers as of January 15. The organisation says that Joy-Con Drift “constitutes an important, serious and hidden defect.”“Hence, Nintendo failed to mention an important fact in a representation made to a consumer: the quality of its products, which…

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Riot and Bungie join forces to sue Valorant and Destiny 2 cheatmakers

Riot Games and Bungie have teamed up to sue a pesky cheatmaker who’s been selling hacks for their games, Valorant and Destiny 2 (amongst others). In a joint lawsuit filed by the companies on Friday, they accuse GatorCheats of selling and distributing “malicious software products designed to enable members of the public to gain unfair competitive advantage.” (more…)

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Gearbox settles Duke Nukem music lawsuit with Bobby Prince

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 15:41 GMT Gearbox has resolved yet another load of legal drama related to the shooter series.Gearbox Software has settled a legal dispute with Duke Nukem 3D composer Bobby Prince.In a press release, the studio said that it had settled the matter, but didn’t go into any detail about what this involved.This follows Prince filing a lawsuit against Gearbox in 2019 over the studio using his music “without obtaining a license” for the 2016 release, Duke Nukem 3D World Tour. Earlier this year, Gearbox – who bought the Duke Nukem IP from Apogee Software…


EA faces loot box lawsuit in Canada for games including FIFA

By Alex Calvin, Thursday, 22 October 2020 17:07 GMT Electronic Arts is being sued in Canada over its use of loot boxes.The lawsuit first appeared in Business in Vancouver’s Who’s Getting Sued article – as spotted by The Patch Notes – which show that a class action lawsuit is being brought against the publishing giant.The Notice of Civil Claim – filed on September 30th by plaintiffs Mark Sutherland and Shawn Moore – argues that EA is not only operating an unlicensed gambling business, but that the company has also been unjustly enriched in the process. They are suing EA on…

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Apple and Epic agree on one thing: a court trial sans jury

Apple and Epic Games have been at odds over the past month and a half in the early phases of a lawsuit concerning Fortnite’s presence on the App Store. Epic has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple concerning their control of the App Store while Apple have returned a countersuit based on Epic breaking the terms of service for the store by adding a secondary payment option inside Fortnite to circumvent the App Store payment system. After a lot of barbs and posturing, they’ve at last come to agree on at least one thing. Both request that their cases are…

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Descent Underground is hopefully still coming, but maybe not as ‘Descent’

Over five years after Descendent Studios successfully finished a Kickstarter campaign for Descent: Underground, their dream of a new game in the tunnelbound spaceship shooter series has not yet come true. It got pulled from early access, its plans changed to focus on singleplayer, and… it went quiet for a long time. Descendent Studios and the publishers, Little Orbit have been tied up in a legal battle, y’see. Well, Descendent issued an update this week saying work has come on and they do still plan to release it, even if they can’t use the Descent name and have to call…