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Everything you need to know about the legal side of the games industry. High-profile lawsuits and disputes, game-related laws and legislative changes, as well as patent and copyright issues.

Valve's Steam platform is contending with a £656 million collective action lawsuit, initiated by digital rights advocate Vicki Shotbolt. The claim alleges that Valve has exploited its dominant market position to impose excessive charges on 14 million UK consumers. This legal action was submitted to the Competition Appeal Tribunal on June 5. "Valve is manipulating the market and exploiting UK gamers," Shotbolt commented to BBC News.
Polish game developer Bloober Team is said to have lost a publishing agreement with Take-Two's indie label, Private Division, after the latter withdrew from the arrangement. Bloober Team issued a financial notice in Polish, suggesting that Take-Two informed them of the contract termination yesterday. The firms had been collaborating on an undisclosed survival horror project known as Project C, news of which surfaced last month
The owner of Wordle has initiated legal action against Worldle, a geography-focused puzzle game. According to BBC News, the New York Times claims that the geography-based application closely mimics Wordle in terms of appearance, sound, and meaning, producing a similar commercial impression. The lawsuit also alleges that Worldle causes user confusion. Kory McDonald, a developer based in Seattle, operates Worldle, which reportedly attracts around 100,000 players each month
Employees at ZeniMax Studios are now protected under Microsoft's labor neutrality agreement with the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The CWA revealed yesterday that, consequently, all ZeniMax staff have the opportunity to decide on collective bargaining without Microsoft's interference. Page Branson, a member of ZeniMax Workers United-CWA, remarked: "Thousands of our ZeniMax coworkers now have a transparent and fair means to band together for improved working conditions. When we formed our union under a similar agreement, the process was straightforward, and management refrained from swaying anyone's decision or meddling in the voting process
Activision has emerged victorious in a legal battle against cheats producer EngineOwning. According to VentureBeat, the United States District Court of the Central District of California awarded the game publisher $14.4 million in damages and $292,912 to cover legal fees. Furthermore, the court issued an injunction against the Germany-based site and mandated the transfer of the domain name to Activision
Parents and survivors of the 2022 Robb Elementary School tragedy in Uvalde, Texas have initiated legal action against Activision and its parent company Microsoft. According to The New York Times, two lawsuits were filed in California and Texas last Friday, coinciding with the second anniversary of the incident. The shooting resulted in the deaths of 19 children and two teachers at the hands of an 18-year-old gunman. The lawsuit also targets Instagram and its parent company Meta, as well as gun manufacturer Daniel Defense, alleging that they played a significant part in "grooming" the shooter
The Swedish holding company Fragbite Group has filed for the bankruptcy of the studio Fall Damage. They reported that the developers found themselves in a dire financial situation because they were unable to find a publisher for the free-to-play shooter Alara Prime.
Why gaming companies need EULA, what it happens, what you should pay attention to when preparing it for the game, — Svetlana Gordey and Daria Savko, specialists of REVERA law firm, told in their column for App2Top.
Russia continues to explore ways to control the market for in-game items. First Deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and state Construction Irina Rukavishnikova told TASS that in May, Russian senators will hold a public discussion on this issue.
At the end of January, Apple announced a number of innovations in iOS. These include support for third—party stores and payment systems. However, those who want to use the new functionality will have to pay for each installation. We talked about the innovation with experts from Skich and INFUSION GAMES.
The Paris Court of Appeal has cleared the French mobile publisher Homa of all charges brought by Voodoo. The latter claimed that the hyper—casual Craft Island game developed by Ducky Games studio — the "daughter" of Homa - copies its Lumbercraft.