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Video Game Law Blog

The Arcade “2.0” is a recognition that the simple legal issues that once walked hand-in-hand with a traditional video arcade have now been displaced by sophisticated, complex legal issues ranging from patenting the algorithms that allow video games to operate, attempted regulation by State legislatures of gaming content that is protected speech under the First Amendment, to money laundering by using virtual currency.

Video Game Company Targets Cheaters Under a Theory of Copyright Infringement

Braxton Padgett Tuesday, 28 November 2017
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"Nobody likes a cheater. And nobody likes playing with cheaters." While these words might sound like something a parent would say to their child, it's actually a line from a series of complaints that Epic Games recently filed in federal court against several individuals. The defendants in these cases have been accused of cheating in the video game Fortnite, which Epic Games develops. Cheating is nothing new in video games, but it has progressively become a problem for game developers that are at...
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FTC Moves to Ensure Online Influencers Make Proper Disclosures

Braxton Padgett Friday, 24 November 2017
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The rise of social media platforms has given birth to internet personalities who often have considerable influence over their followers. Many personalities can harness this influence to gain advertising dollars by endorsing certain brands. However, online personalities can violate Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") rules by failing to disclose their ties with companies whom they endorse. Last year, the founders of CSGO Lotto experienced firsthand the potential consequences of failing to make prope...
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The Changing Relationships within Esports: Know Your Legal Rights

Braxton Padgett Tuesday, 07 November 2017
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Once regarded as a niche endeavor, the world of esports is increasingly becoming a part of mainstream culture. Thanks largely to a thriving esports industry in South Korea and the rise of accessible streaming platforms such as Twitch.tv, the last decade has seen an incredible surge in viewership. Esports events, such as Dota 2's The International, pull in millions of viewers each year excited to root for their favorite team. But as esports has found its footing, the industry has begun to reasses...
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The Implications Of The First Amendment On Augmented Reality Games

Braxton Padgett Monday, 23 October 2017
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While certainly not the first application to use the technology, the 2016 summer sensation Pokemon Go brought augmented reality gameplay to the forefront of the American consciousness. Augmented reality games utilize the camera of a device, such as a cellphone, to overlay images on top of the real world and create the impression that the images are actually there. In the case of Pokemon Go, developer Niantic, Inc. utilizes augmented reality technology to scatter virtual creatures called Pokemon ...
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