Episodes
In the eternal game of who can have the worst messaging in the gaming industry, Sony another another feather in its cap this morning by offering superior customer service only to those that prove the most loyal to its brand. Now how is loyalty established in the eyes of a multinational corporation like Sony? By spending money, of course, through PlayStation's brand new loyalty program, PlayStation Stars. What could go wrong? No more counting dollars, we'll be counting Stars...in Virtual...
Published 09/29/22
Published 09/29/22
For the past few weeks, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has been in the spotlight, shouting to the high heavens that the PlayStation brand (PS5) is at existential risk if regulators allow rival Microsoft and their Xbox brand to complete their acquisition of publisher Activision (and specifically the Call of Duty franchise). But now the tables have turned as Microsoft has brought in a bigger figure than even gaming head Phil Spencer in CEO Satya Nadella. But what the head of one of the...
Published 09/27/22
Sometimes people have thoughts about what we do here in Virtual Legality...and boy howdy does AimJunkies as they fend off legal challenges from Destiny 2 creator, Bungie. Join us as we discuss the cheat seller's responses to our analysis as well as the countercomplaint they just brought against Bungie for computer fraud. We have a lot to discuss. We try to get our story straight (boy)...in Virtual Legality. #bungie #aimjunkies #copyright * NEW MERCH LINK:...
Published 09/23/22
We've talked a lot about Twitch in Virtual Legality at this point, but at no time have we ever really been worried about the future of the platform...until now. It's time to talk about gambling, both in the literal and figurative sense. Sometimes its a corpse that twitches...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/XY-qHX0FVKA #twitch #gambling #streaming *** NEW MERCH LINK: https://virtuallegalityshop.myshopify.com/ *** INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING THE...
Published 09/21/22
When what is likely to be one of the biggest releases in gaming history suffers a massive leak/hack of video footage, screenshots, and more, the industry pays attention. But so do the lawyers. Let's talk about Grand Theft Auto 6, Rockstart, the DMCA, and more. No developer wants their open world to be quite that open...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/JQ9wPxTdDso #gta6 #gta6leaks #copyright *** NEW MERCH LINK:...
Published 09/19/22
Microsoft (Xbox) and Sony (PlayStation) have long been "rivals" in the console gaming space, but with Microsoft's acquisition of Call of Duty maker Activision still pending, things seem to be heating way, way, up. What did Sony say to really escalate things? Should deal followers be concerned with what's happening in the UK (CMA) and EU? And just what would happen if only one jurisdiction gets upset. Let's talk about it! Begun the (real) console wars have...in Virtual Legality. CHECK...
Published 09/15/22
James Bond may have a license to kill, but that doesn't mean licensing his intellectual property has been easy over the years. Now, with the announcement of Nintendo Online and Game Pass versions of the classic Goldeneye game (originally on N64) questions have been raised around just why some features (like online) seem exclusive to the others. Let's discuss. Looks like Nintendo and Microsoft had lawyers with a license to bill...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT:...
Published 09/13/22
Halo has had a rocky history since 343 Industries took over its development, but there perhaps none more than now with the departure of the only studio head 343 has ever known. What does Bonnie Ross' leaving mean for the studio? For Halo? We don't mess around with medical issues...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/rxrjyZlhiWo #microsoft #halo #xbox *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON -...
Published 09/12/22
Many, many folks are wondering just when we might hear more on the saga of Microsoft x Activision's regulatory review here in the US. Others are positing that the FTC is obligated to do something soon or stay silent forever more. The reality is considerably more complex. Let's discuss. When the government has the leverage a deadline is just a "deadline"...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/u0jxYJw7BJ8 #xbox #activision #sony *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE...
Published 09/09/22
What happens behind closed doors usually stays behind closed doors, but not for Phil Spencer and Jim Ryan, heads of Xbox and PlayStation. While Activision dangles in limbo, things have really (really!) heated up between the two longtime videogame rivals with no signs of cooling down. Let's discuss. Yes, we sometimes choose our thumbnail images purely out of a sense of irony...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/uy2NR77PPyY #sony #xbox #activision *** WANT TO...
Published 09/07/22
Everyone's favorite Chinese gaming company/investment firm, Tencent (sorry NetEase lovers), has finally put the moves on its French love, Ubisoft, after a dalliance beginning in 2018. What does it mean for Ubisoft? For Tencent? For the Industry? Let's discuss. Tencent's looking for Valhalla but hopes its not just a Mirage...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/9yUF-Qf80Tk #tencent #ubisoft #gaming *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON -...
Published 09/06/22
Microsoft x Activision just got real. Or at least it did publicly as the UK's antitrust watchdog Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) comes down hard on the combination in a series of incendiary social media posts and reports. What just happened and is the deal still likely to go through? Let's talk about it together. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/Yy-yb_u9HK4 #Microsoft #Xbox #Activision *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON -...
Published 09/01/22
When Pieter "Mudge" Zatko decided to file a whistleblower complaint on Twitter's operations, it wasn't just the SEC, FTC, and DOJ who were listening. Now, Elon Musk has attempted to use that complaint as another line of attack to exit his proposed $44B deal for the company. Will he succeed? It may be that Elon just has to play out the clock...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/OVZEFkTHLyI #elonmusk #twitter #deal *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON -...
Published 08/30/22
Like many technology corporations, Sony has been struggling of late, but the question remains - "Is that your problem?". With price hikes while resources are devoted to acquisitions in new markets, Sony's PlayStation brand most certainly seems to think it is. I tend to disagree. Pay may have *some* limits...in Virtual Legality. #sony #ps5 #pricehike *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON - https://www.patreon.com/VirtualLegality STORE -...
Published 08/29/22
Embracer Group has been gobbling up companies since it started its existence, but even then, this past 24 hours were special...especially if you have a soft spot for The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. What just happened? Let's talk about it. In a hole in the market there lived a group...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/XExA9Yq84W8 #embracergroup #middleearth #lotr *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON -...
Published 08/18/22
Paul Tassi at Forbes loves live service games (Destiny, Genshin Impact, Fortnite, etc.), but that love can sometimes lead to interesting hypotheses, like the notion that a game that is ostensibly NOT a "live service" is somehow at a disadvantage. We examine the proposition and his example game: Outriders - Worldslayer. It's not the model, it's the product...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/41BJMfup0pQ #forbes #outriders #liveservice *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE...
Published 08/16/22
Bungie is certainly no stranger to litigation, but with subpoenas now flying, what can we take from Aimjunkies' response to being called out for selling cheat software? Probably not what they'd like us to take. We remember that we do still have a first amendment (!) ...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/nGVouGpjG8I #bungie #aimjunkies #copyright *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON -...
Published 08/12/22
With Elon Musk having thrown his own 160+ page lawsuit at Twitter, it's no surprise that the social media company has responded with some...passion. But while Twitter raises a number of good points, it also raises a number of new questions. Let's talk about it. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/elE2kwwoxcs It's not a microblogging site, it's "a global platform for real-time self-expression and conversation"...in Virtual Legality. #elonmusk #twitter #lawsuit *** WANT TO SUPPORT...
Published 08/11/22
Microsoft has laid out it's case for why Sony need not be worried about it's pending acquisition of Activision (or crown jewel FPS Call of Duty), but is it quite as compelling as some have claimed? They may get shot down, but I suspect they'll get up again...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/gCLtgE9o3bM #sony #microsoft #antitrust *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON - https://www.patreon.com/VirtualLegality STORE -...
Published 08/10/22
Just what goes into a 160+ page countersuit document anyway? Today we discuss Elon Musk's "answers" and "affirmative defenses" and why he let the lawsuit do almost all of his talking for him. That's a legal conclusion and we deny everything, today...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/ctRYzp10kOY #elonmusk #twitter #deal *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON - https://www.patreon.com/VirtualLegality STORE -...
Published 08/10/22
91 pages. One countersuit. Just what does Elon Musk have to say in response to Twitter's attempt to force him to buy the company? And which arguments are stronger than others? It's going to be a long fall...in Virtual Legality. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/fQfUens2TEc #elonmusk #twitter #deal *** WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANNEL? UTREON - https://utreon.com/c/hoeglaw/ PATREON - https://www.patreon.com/VirtualLegality STORE - https://teespring.com/stores/hoeg-law-store BITCAST...
Published 08/09/22
WARNING: Sensitive Language and Topics *** Former Houston Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson has been through both the American criminal and civil legal systems, but nowhere was the deck stacked quite so highly against him than it was respect to the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. What did his union (the NFLPA) agree to in respect of disciplinary proceedings and why should every NFL player be concerned with how this action is likely to be concluded? And why do concerns about process not...
Published 08/04/22
Microsoft x Activision continues its plodding march through the regulatory agencies, but as it does so the occasional gem does appear. This weekend, thanks to resetera user Idas, public reports made to the Brazilian regulatory authorities has given us a better understanding of what Sony, Ubisoft, and more think of the deal. But as with any public filing, things are not precisely as they might appear on the surface. Sony's not punching down, but it is getting in some Brazilian whacks...in...
Published 08/01/22
It's fair to say that Meta (formerly Facebook) has had some regulatory problems of late. That said, not even the most conservative analyst could have predicted that the company's small $400M acquisition of a VR fitness app maker would blow the doors off of everything we thought we know about the FTC and antitrust regulation in 2022. Seems safe to say that you don't want to be in the business of making huge technology acquisitions with this kind of wildcard out there (Eh, Microsoft and...
Published 07/28/22