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Apple is trying to drag Valve into its on-going legal battle with Epic

Against its will, Valve is being dragged into the Epic vs. Apple antitrust lawsuit, with new documents revealing Apple has asked Valve to hand over financial data.Various court documents have revealed that Valve has been subpoenaed by Apple for Steam commercial data, with Tim Cook’s tech giant requesting years of in-depth sales information from the Steam platform owner.“Apple and Valve have engaged in several meet and confers, but Valve has refused to produce information responsive to Requests 2 and 32,” says the joint discovery letter.Apple notes that “Epic’s various mobile and non-mobile distribution options are central to disputed issues of market…

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Valve hit with $4 million fine over Steam Controller patent infringement

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 3 February 2021 17:58 GMT Corsair’s Scuf Gaming claimed gamepad’s paddles violated its patent.Valve has been fined $4 million for patent infringement with its Steam Controller.As reported by Law360, Valve was taken to court by Corsair’s Scuf Gaming and its IP-holding Ironburg Inventions, who alleged that the gamepad infringed its patent with the Steam Controller’s use of back paddles. This is the same patent that Microsoft paid Ironburg to use with its own Xbox Elite controllers. The firm took Valve to court in 2015.A jury found Valve had infringed upon all seven of Ironburg’s claims, with…

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Take-Two shuts down GTA Online cheat maker

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:07 GMT Company donating proceeds to a charity of the publishing giant’s choosing.Video games giant Take-Two Interactive has killed a website that made and distributed exploits for GTA Online.As spotted by Eurogamer, LunaCheats has been shut down after having had “discussions” with – read: legal threats from – Rockstar’s parent company. This has resulted in the outfit closing down its business, with its website saying that it will be donating proceeds from selling GTA Online cheats to a charity of Take-Two’s choosing.“After discussions with Take-Two Interactive, we are immediately ceasing all maintenance, development,…

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Valve and five publishers fined €7.8 million for geo-blocking Steam keys

Valve and a handful of game publishers have landed themselves in hot water with the European Commision for geo-blocking Steam keys in certain regions in Europe. The Steam owners, along with Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax (Bethesda’s parent company), have been collectively fined €7.8 million (around £6.9 million) for “breaching EU antitrust rules”. (more…)

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Uri Geller allows The Pokemon Company to print Kadabra on Pokemon cards again

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 29 November 2020 13:02 GMT Spoon-bending magician Uri Geller has finally given Nintendo permission to print Kadabra on Pokémon cards again after a 20 year legal battle in which Geller claimed the character’s likeness was too familiar to his own.After an article over on The Gamer once again dug into why the mid-stage evolution psychic Pokemon hasn’t appeared on Pokemon cards in about two decades, Geller appears to have enjoyed a change of heart.“I am truly sorry for what I did 20 years ago,” Geller tweeted. “Kids and grownups I am releasing the ban. It’s now…