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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan. Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO ...
 
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Spidey is back!Let's look back at the journey that brought us here, some of the tidbits hidden in today's news, and celebrate a move that seems best for everyone involved.Oh, what a tangled web Hollywood weaves....in Virtual Legality.CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/isCBefj6bxE#SpiderMan #MCU #Disney***Discussed in this episode:"Sony, D ...…
 
Blizzard finally responds to the controversy enveloping its suspension of Hearthstone player Blitzchung for his statements in support of Hong Kong (and against China). But is it too little too late?A worsening Blizzard demands a bit of fire...in Virtual Legality.CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/fThE_qOfmaY#Blizzard #Blitzchung #China*** ...…
 
Blizzard's banning and suspension of Hearthstone player "Blitzchung" for statements made in support of Hong Kong (and against China) has taken on a life of its own.What have others around the video game industry, Congress, and the globe said about the ban?What have Blizzard employees and passionate Redditors done to show their own disagreement? ...…
 
Both Blizzard and the NBA have taken strong preemptive action against their own contract partners, and all in an effort to please the Chinese government.What actions were taken and how can Blizzard's draconian contract be separated from what the NBA has done?What does the First Amendment to the US Constitution say (and why is that not the end o ...…
 
Despite heated court filings, public name-calling, and more, Gearbox Software (Borderlands 3), Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, and former general counsel Wade Callender, have hung up their swords and settled the cases between them.What is unusual about the resolution (and not so unusual)?How does the timing of the settlement relate to Gearbox and ...…
 
The Guardian has revealed that some of the biggest video game makers in the world, get significant (if not total) reductions in the amount that they pay the UK in taxes.How does the UK's Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) plan work, and why should it's language always have suggested this result?How do various nations and states compete for company's ...…
 
Developer Frogwares Games (Sherlock Holmes; The Sinking City) has its own mystery to unravel, as it turns to social media to work through why its publisher, Focus Home Interactive, has delisted almost all of its games.What happened here and what is likely to happen in the future?What is the relationship between licensor (IP owner) and licensee ...…
 
In Two Hoegs Are Better Than One, join business lawyer Richard Hoeg and his game developer brother, Tom, of High Moon Studios as they discusses games, culture, and the news of the day through the lens of video gaming, business, and law.CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/223fBzht1vw#Hoeg #TwoHoegs #THABTO***In this episode:0:12 - Introduct ...…
 
With Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker nearing completion and questions raised regarding the future of Disney's Star Wars brand, who should appear but the architect behind the biggest series in movie history!What does Kevin Feige's joining the Lucasfilm Star Wars team really mean?What can we take from Alan Horn's comments both on Feig ...…
 
With Gamestop dying (or at least changing), digital sales taking over the industry, and a new set-top box to sell, what's a video game hardware manufacturer to do?Sony has the answer! Direct Sales!Cutting out the middleman is never as easy as it seems...in Virtual Legality.CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/liX_Gx_E0lg#HideoKojima #Twitte ...…
 
Star Wars marketing for Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is in full swing!! Or is it?What does Bob Iger have to say about the initial purchase of assets from George Lucas and why is he saying it now?Why do acquirer's purchase things they don't want from founders?What does non-disparagement have to do with any of this?And who's excited for the ...…
 
When Hideo Kojima (Death Stranding, Metal Gear Solid) tweets, its just as likely to be about the fire effects in the latest Godzilla movie as it is about his latest project, but why are some jumping on him for his recent comments? And why, when there's plenty to be outraged by both online and off, do so many seek to perceive things in a way tha ...…
 
When Nintendo was sued earlier this year due to "drifting" of their Joy-Con Switch controllers (movements being registered despite the applicable joystick being maintained in a neutral position), the company quickly took swift (though mostly silent) action to permit its customers to have the hardware replaced at no additional cost.Why was such ...…
 
The digital sales debate's gone global (!) as the French High Court has determined to void those terms and conditions of Valve's Steam gaming platform which prohibit the resale of "purchased" games.What did the French High Court determine and why?How does it relate to the First Sale doctrine of US law, and why should the same perhaps be inappli ...…
 
The epilogue to the Infinity Saga is as much teen romantic comedy as superhero film, but is it any good at being either?Join us for our postmortem discussion of:Spider-Man: Far From Home!(And after the Sony/Disney split, Spider-Man just might be farther from home than ever.)CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/iKwBnI8g_D0#SpiderMan #FarFrom ...…
 
In a tough year for keeping proprietary information safe, the ESA's "pitch deck" plans for completely revamping E3 has made it's way into the hands of GameDailyBiz and journalist Mike Futter.What does the pitch deck have to say about the future of E3?Why was any change thought necessary, and why this one in particular?How should one read the ES ...…
 
Is Italian publisher Bending Spoons Apps IVS' really buying up exclusive licenses to award-winning apps (like Wonder Blade, Crashlands, and Fowlst) only to put them behind the paywall of its subscription service Playond? Even going so far as to limit access from prior purchasers?If so, what do the Apple terms of service have to say about the pr ...…
 
Are loot boxes gambling? What if your gambling commission says they're not? What if the law says they're not? The United Kingdom is seeking answers to all these questions and more with the latest report from their "Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee".Speaking out against the UK Gambling Commission, the report's scathing la ...…
 
While California has been focused on curtailing the growth of app-based gig economy participants like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, its latest efforts, to revise the way independent contractors are classified throughout all of California, could have widespread reverberations throughout virtually every industry.How might Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB5 or ...…
 
The Internet (and its denizens) are always quick to prop up the smallest of statements about the biggest of properties. But what does it really mean when a CEO, writer/director, or journalist talks about the future of a franchise?Headlines only tell half the story...in Virtual Legality.CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/sEzjqTBBgIM#Rian # ...…
 
YouTube's announcement of the imminent demonetization and disenfranchising of all "children directed" content seemingly came out of the blue after years of conversation. But what did the FTC, the New York Attorney General, and a 20 year old regulation have to do with it?And why is the action probably as likely to harm kids and parents as to hel ...…
 
From the makers of Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Quantum Break, comes something...a little different. It's time to secure, contain, and protect in Remedy Entertainment's latest journey into genre weirdness: Control.But does Remedy's experiment into open world game-making actually work or are we left wondering what might have been in the "wake" of t ...…
 
With the game industry answering loot box, gambling, violence, and other inquiries from various governments seemingly every day, developer 2k (2k Sports) and parent company Take Two Interactive have decided to..."up the ante" with the latest trailer for this fall's NBA 2k20.How does the trailer make the game look so much like a neon-soaked gamb ...…
 
It's opening day for "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" at Disney World and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a special gift to celebrate!What highly advertised collectible has the TSA determined to ban from U.S air travel?Why did it come to that conclusion?What laws, rules, and regulations, permit the TSA to take such steps?And how ...…
 
Only months after announcing its liquidation, Telltale Games is back, but this time as a new entity in the hands of a little-known company called LCG Entertainment.What does a "revival" really mean from a legal standpoint?How are brands transferred, and what should we take from LCG's proposed business model?How does this story mirror those seen ...…
 
Not much attention has been paid to the Epic Games Store's (EGS) "Support-A-Creator" program as of yet, but with news that creators (aka "influencers") will receive a commission of fully 20% (!) for sales of Borderlands 3, questions abound.What disclosures are required for such an arrangement? Should they be more robust than reference to a simp ...…
 
In a stunning reversal, the developers of first-person 90s throwback game "Ion Fury" (formerly Ion Maiden), Voidpoint, LLC, and their publisher, 3D Realms, have issued a joint statement on Steam *rolling back* an earlier unequivocal apology for potentially offensive content users had found within their game.What happened here? What was claimed? ...…
 
No matter what you may have heard: NONE of Tom Holland, Kevin Feige, Disney, Sony, or Marvel have confirmed ANYTHING about Spider-Man's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).Why? Because there's nothing to confirm.Don't let the headlines fool you.We ALWAYS turn to the source...in Virtual Legality.CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be ...…
 
Join us in Virtual Legality for a very special discussion of intellectual property, copyrights, creative ideas, implied contracts, movies, scripts, theft, and much, much more, all amidst the gloss and glamour of Hollywood with the authors of "Creativity and Copyright: Legal Essentials for Screenwriters and Creative Artists", screenwriter/attorn ...…
 
With Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest grossing movie of all time, and Spider-Man: Far From Home becoming the highest grossing movie ever released by Sony Pictures, all would appear to be full steam ahead for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).But with the bomb dropped by Deadline Hollywood yesterday, it appears that Marvel, Disney, and S ...…
 
When Respawn Entertainment (subsidiary of Electronic Arts) decided to change its Apex Legends "Iron Crown" event, it sent its developers to the wild lands of Reddit to talk with fans about monetization, business models, and everything in between.What developed from there were hurt feelings, ad hominem attacks, and all manner of insults and recr ...…
 
Insomniac Games, makers of generational video game classics Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, and Hoeg Law's #3 2018 Game of the Year, Marvel's Spider-man, have thrown off their second party independence in favor of the warm first party embrace of Sony Interactive Entertainment.What can we glean about the nature of the deal from ...…
 
As Epic Games and their Epic Games Store (EGS) collects exclusives away from PC competitors Steam and Good Old Games (GOG), we've seen a cottage industry of video game developers commenting on why they've taken that Fortnite cash.And now, with Unfold Games and DARQ, we get a piece on why they *didn't* take the loot box offered by Epic.What did ...…
 
When grey market video game key reseller, G2A.com, came under fire for questionable business practices, it made an offer to developers that seemed almost too good to be true.It would pay 10 times the amount of any credit card charge backs a developer faced due to the operation of the G2A Marketplace.But when one such developer asked for hundred ...…
 
On August 11, 2019 and in the wake of his move to Microsoft's Mixer streaming service, Fortnite player and streaming star Tyler "Ninja" Blevins took to Twitter to tell his fans that he was "disgusted" at and "sorry" for the actions his former platform, Twitch, had taken against him.What did Twitch do, and why did Ninja react so strongly against ...…
 
Given the reception to the final season of Game of Thrones from many corners of the Internet (including this one), the announcement that Netflix had paid to the duo of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss at least $200M for their services came as a surprise to many.But what does the deal really mean?And how can our understanding of how corporations are ...…
 
Appearing before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its lootbox workshop ("Inside the Game"), the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) dropped a bombshell: Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft would be requiring publishers to include drop rate tables in all games that contained a lootbox mechanic.But why did this happen today?What can the curr ...…
 
With Ninja making the move over to Microsoft's Mixer streaming service, the Fortnite star has put the upstart service into the spotlight; and not all of it for the good.What in Mixer's clothing rules has ruffled so many feathers?How does Twitch do it differently, and why might Twitch streamers have a problem with Mixer's approach?And can we rea ...…
 
When EVO 2019 broke for its Tekken 7 grand finale, a surprise was sprung on the fighting tournament's guests: A custom codec message from Metal Gear Solid series star Solid Snake himself, declaring his love for Tekken.What followed was a series of completely understandable reactions, disappointments, and anger.What exactly happened?Why was the ...…
 
On August 2, 2019, independent reporter Sophia Narwitz broke the story that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), leading trade association of the video game industry, had made publicly available the personal information of more than 2,000 media members that had attended June 2019's Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3).Despite havin ...…
 
You have to break a few EGS to make an Ooblet...in Virtual Legality.What can independent game "Ooblets" and its statement regarding Epic Games Store (EGS) exclusivity tell us about both the store and the game?Why do companies try to market themselves with "personality", and what are the risks/rewards to that approach?What are minimum guarantees ...…
 
When Colin Moriarty (IGN, Kinda Funny) and his latest PlayStation series, Sacred Symbols, were accepted to tape a live version at PAX West (Penny Arcade, ReedPOP), he was quick to tell his fans about the opportunity and invite them to join him at the conference.But when PAX rescinded the invitation weeks later and on the eve of final scheduling ...…
 
Two Hoegs are Better Than One is a freewheeling video and podcast series in which business lawyer Richard Hoeg discusses video games, pop culture, and law with his game developer brother, Tom Hoeg, of High Moon Studios.Join us and find out if Two Hoegs really are better than one.CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/Vg8izTtgLfw#Hoeg #TwoHoeg ...…
 
Just days after the UK Gambling Commission determined that loot boxes and card packs could not be deemed gambling, in comes Rockstar Games with a brand new Casino-themed expansion to its mega hit Grand Theft Auto V Online. An expansion that allows folks to buy a new in game currency and then immediately gamble it away.What has the games and bro ...…
 
The UK Gambling Commission has now formally stated whether it believes the UK's laws give it the authority to regulate loot boxes and other monetization strategies (such as the fantastically popular FIFA Ultimate Team).What did the UK Gambling Commission decide?How did the text of the the 2005 Gambling Act help lead the Commission to its decisi ...…
 
***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS***Think Disney would stop at merely making their live-action remakes live-action? Well think again, because Disney's The Lion King (2019) is out to prove you wrong with some of the best CGI "actors" that money can buy.What worked in this latest remake and what really didn't ...…
 
The law firm of Chimicles, Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith (CSK&D) has brought a lawsuit on behalf of plaintiff Ryan Diaz against Nintendo of America.The case? Allegations that Joy-Con "drift" issues some Switch users are experiencing were a known manufacturing defect and thus a breach of Nintendo's warranty as well as federal and California ...…
 
"VIRAL APP FACEAPP NOW OWNS ACCESS TO MORE THAN 150 MILLION PEOPLE'S FACES AND NAMES!""RUSSIANS NOW OWN ALL YOUR OLD PHOTOS!""APP BEHIND VIRAL TREND HAS DISTURBING TERMS AND CONDITIONS!""YOU SHOULD READ FACEAPP'S TRULY WILD TERMS OF SERVICE AGREEMENT BEFORE YOU USE IT!"Breathless headlines aside, on that last point we can certainly agree. If yo ...…
 
When Ubisoft announced that it would be working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord crowdsourcing platform to solicit 10 community music tracks for inclusion in its 2020 open-world hackathon "Watch Dogs: Legion", it no doubt expected the announcement to be met with a certain amount of positivity. But at Kotaku, IGN, Eurogamer, GameDailyBiz, a ...…
 
When Kickstarter recently added "recommendations" for ensuring that campaigns on the site were "honest and clear", a great deal of attention was paid to the new prohibitions on photo-realistic renderings and superlative language ("Virtual Legality is the world's greatest legal podcast and video series!).But what many didn't pay quite enough att ...…
 
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