Lawsuits, Lawsuits, and (some) game company Lawsuits too! How many times has this word passed our glance while reading newspapers, magazines, or articles on the web, like the one you are reading right now! Honestly, how many times have you read that both parties (companies or individuals) involved in the lawsuit were content with the decision? Once, twice, a few times, probably. Any company big, or small tends to become part of a lawsuit, either because they are forced into it or they believe that the other party has done something.
Video Game companies are no exception. Most of the lawsuits are genuine but some are just out of greed, arrogance, or ego. This article will be split into two parts: Biggest Video Game Lawsuits, and The Strangest Video Game Lawsuits. Make sure to read the whole article so your experience is top notch!
Biggest Video Game Company Lawsuits
1. GTA V
Violence in video games has long been a source of notoriety. This is most commonly associated with Grand Theft Auto games. The Rockstar series isn’t new to controversies at all. However, the most significant dispute came during the height of the debate over video game violence.
Infamous lawyer Jack Thompson, who became a major player in the violent video games furor of the 1990s and 2000s, took Sony to court over the shooting of police officers Arnold Strickland and James Crump, and dispatcher Leslie Mealer. Thompson stated that the killer, Devin Moore, was recreating scenes from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and blamed Sony and Rockstar for the murders.
What followed was a vicious order of events.
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2. “New Super Mario Bros”
When it comes to its intellectual property Nintendo aren’t among the first in line to take people to the court, although it was on the defensive with Donkey Kong. One particularly known, and extremely controversial example was when Nintendo issued a suit against James Burt, a 24-year old from Australia who made New Super Mario Bros. Wii available to pirates a week before its Australian launch date.
The case was not a difficult one, as Burt and Nintendo would settle for a whopping $1.5 million. Of course, it’s unlikely that Nintendo would be receiving all of that money, but it sent a very strong message that the company would not tolerate piracy of its games lightly. It would serve as example giving people who pirate software a chance to rethink and reconsider.
3. Fight Over the Unreal Engine:
The legal battle between Epic Games and Too Human developer Silicon Knights was long and complex. Initially, Silicon Knights took Epic to court over the licensing of Unreal Engine 3, with the developer claiming that Epic was in breach of contract by withholding information about the engine itself. This lead the studio to build their own engine. However, before too long, the tables were turned, and a countersuit led the courts to discover that Silicon Knights’ engine was using thousands of lines of code from the Unreal Engine.
The result for Silicon Knights was catastrophic. Not only did was the court in favor of Epic Games, but it also awarded Epic $9.2 million in damages. On top of that, they ordered Silicon Knights to destroy the unsold copies of any games that used this Unreal Engine code. Following the loss of the court case, Silicon Knights filed for bankruptcy in 2014.
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Strange Game Company Lawsuits
1. PUBG Vs Epic Games:
Two companies that are behind the two largest Battle Royale games of today: PUBG and Fortnite. What happens next? Well, PUBG is dominating its counterparts on mobile devices played throughout the world especially in the eastern part of the world. Fortnite, on the other hand, is breaking records for holding Gargantuan E-Sports Competitions. But both Developers once had to fight in a lawsuit, filed by PUBG Corp.
PUBG allegedly claimed that Epic Games had adapted Fortnite from PUBG due to the extreme likeness between them. However, a month or two later PUBG dropped the lawsuit and seemed to partner with Epic. Months Later… PUBG introduced Royale Pass and this was adapted from Fortnite, so it seems that the Beef between these companies is finally over. Who knew you could settle your differences peacefully?
2. Jims Brown Vs EA:
In 2008, former Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown filed a lawsuit claiming Sony and Electronic Arts used his likeness in their Madden video game without his permission. According to the New York Daily News, the Hall of Fame running back sued because of the All Browns Team, a collection of the greatest players in Cleveland Brown’s history, features “a muscular African-American player wearing number 32.”
The NFL Players Association reached a $26 million settlement with its retired players after a federal jury found that the union’s licensing subsidiary had allowed Electronic Arts to use retired players’ likenesses in their games without compensation by scrambling uniform numbers and not using the players’ names.
3. Celebrities Vs Fortnite:
Copyright infringement has been a severe issue since the introduction of electronic media, and especially since digital monetization has been introduced. Over the decades, the issue has become more prevalent and in the last few years, things have started getting more serious and complicated. It’s now common sense that the EU and some other countries enforce strict laws. Celebrities are starting to claim the likeness of themselves found in video games. The effect of this hasn’t been entirely impressive, yet people continue to do it. One such example is the backpack kid:
Russell Horning, also known as Backpack Kid, is the latest celebrity to sue Epic Games. He sued over claims that the company used his dance in Fortnite without permission, according to Horning’s legal representatives. The dance Horning is claiming ownership over, “Flossing,” was what first helped him gain notoriety online. After posting videos of himself dancing on Instagram, Horning quickly became a viral sensation! He has been getting invited to various events and performances for his signature dance. The Fortnite dance emote that provoked the legal action is called “The Floss,” and is instantly recognizable as the dance that Horning made famous.
That’s it as far as this game company lawsuits article is concerned! Do you agree with this list? Have any other instances of game company lawsuits happening? Let us know in the comments below!