Monthly Archives: March 2011
Observations About the John Madden Football Antitrust Litigation: Entry 3 – A Question of Innovation
Does the acquisition of an exclusive license help or hurt innovation in videogames? The issue of innovation in the John Madden Football lawsuit is a key theme for both parties. The plaintiffs argue that EA’s acquisition of the exclusive license … Continue reading
Following up on our recent blog entry about the many unintended, yet practical uses for Microsoft’s Kinect, it appears that even more uses for this wonder device have been discovered. The Canadian Online Explorer reports that a group from Toronto … Continue reading
Would a “reasonable consumer” believe that he or she is entitled to a free DLC offer that is advertised on the original packaging of a game when purchasing a used copy of that game?
The sale of used videogames is big business. And like most big businesses, it is a target for lawsuits. Retailer GameStop has recently been hit with several purported class-action lawsuits in which game consumers allege that the company is deceptively … Continue reading
Microsoft’s Kinect overtakes the iPad as the world’s fastest selling device. (And it is well positioned to continue its sales dominance.)
Microsoft has sold over 10,000,000 units of its Kinect sensor system since the device was launched in November of last year. This impressive 60-day adoption rate is good enough to outstrip the previous world record for adoption after launch in … Continue reading
PlayStation 3 Import Ban Lifted. An import ban prohibiting Sony from importing PlayStation 3 consoles into the Netherlands has been lifted by a Dutch court. The significance of this ruling for Sony cannot be understated, as Sony uses its Dutch … Continue reading
Observations About the John Madden Football Antitrust Litigation: Entry 2 – Plaintiffs’ theory of harm may be undermined by industry-wide videogame pricing practices.
The videogame industry is characterized by industry-wide pricing. At the heart of this lawsuit is industry-wide pricing policy for videogames. Any gamer can confirm that brand new, premium games for the Xbox 260 and PS3, such as John Madden Football, … Continue reading