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Google won't call games with in-app purchases 'free' anymore

In an era where video games can be sold as "free-to-pay" and/or "freemium" products, it's important to know what "free" really means. A "free" game might actually cost you nothing and generate revenue purely through in-game advertising, or it might be free to download, but in-game purchases can set...

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Europe wants better safeguards on in-app iOS purchases

It appears the European Commission isn't thrilled with Apple's slow movement to provide more safeguards from accidental in-app purchases made on its devices. The administration issued a press release today discussing joint action from the firm and member states to enforce better protection for...

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Cut the Rope studio challenges King's 'candy' trademark in EU

Cut the Rope studio ZeptoLab submitted an official claim against King's trademark on "candy" in the European Union, in an attempt to cancel the registration entirely. ZeptoLab submitted its claim on March 20 in London. "Candy is an integral part of the Cut the Rope franchise, and we do not...

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EU Commission holds meeting over free-to-play concerns

The European Commission is meeting with member state authorities and companies like Apple and Google with an eye to enforcing stronger regulation of free-to-play games. The European Union's executive body says it's concerned a substantial number of games are marketed as free but in truth entail...

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Valve can restrict resale of digital games in Germany, court rules

‚ÄčThe Regional Court of Berlin has dismissed a lawsuit from the German consumer organization VZBV against Valve, for now granting Valve the authority to prevent Steam users from reselling their libraries of digital games. Business as usual, that is. In September 2012, VZBV brought a desist...

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Dead Rising Collection hits European Xbox 360s in March

Europe is getting a Dead Rising Collection for Xbox 360 on March 7, bundling up the original Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and the Case Zero, Case West and Off the Record DLC missions. Capcom hasn't said if the collection will make its way to North America. Check out the (zombie-)full box art below....

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UKIE 'pretty confident' UK tax relief will go through despite EU doubts

UK gaming trade body UKIE is "pretty confident" the country's tax break proposal will be approved by the European Union and finally put into place, nullifying the doubts raised by the EU Commission over taxpayers contributing to the proposed relief. Last year, the UK government approved the...

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PS Plus in Europe to get NFS: Most Wanted, Spec Ops, Mafia 2

The August delivery of PlayStation Plus games in Europe is almost here, designed to further entice the continent to stay in front of its PS3s and Vitas and away from the ever-relentless sun. July 31 sees three more PS3 games join the Instant Game Collection, with a tough choice for headliner...

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Report: Tales of Xillia 2 coming to NA and EU in 2014 [Update]

Tales of Xillia 2 will come to Europe in 2014, Namco Bandai reportedly announced at the Japan Expo in France. A Namco Bandai representative told Gematsu that the game will also see a North American release in 2014. The game first launched on PlayStation 3 in November 2012 in Japan. Its...

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Machinarium finds the secret to a European Vita launch on May 1

It looks like that cute little robot dude in Machniarium has found the source of eternal life, the game first launching for PC in 2009 and still hitting other platforms in 2013, all to the wondrous fanfare. Machinarium is headed to European Vitas on May 1 for €5.99, following its North...

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