Gamers and non-gamers alike are part of an increasingly litigious society, and the video game industry is no exception. With the advent of freemium games and the advancement of technology, legal issues in the gaming industry have become more complex, with virtual money and determining where the disputed transaction took place becoming integral to the advice lawyers need to give.
The legal battles in this industry are proliferating so fast that some companies are devoting even more specialized resources to this type of litigation than ever before. Fast Company recently reported that large corporate firm Pillsbury LLC “has built a dedicated team to handle video game and virtual world cases”.
Traditionally, legal battles have involved copyright disputes and whether there is too much violence in games. But some cases have been much stranger than that. With that in mind, let's look back at fourteen legal battles which shook up the world of video games as we know it.