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LGJ: Here comes the FTC

Each week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: GamePolitics is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is ready to look into "consumer protection" related to digital rights management tools. To many people,...

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FTC gives green-light for EA's Take-Two buyout

The Federal Trade Commission has stated that it will not oppose EA's pursuit of Take-Two Interactive. Following an investigation, the government agency concluded that no antitrust issue will occur, but left the door open to "take further action as the public interest may require." This means all...

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Take-Two makes good with FTC

Take-Two will cooperate with the FTC's probing of the company in regards to Electronic Arts' persistent courtship, according to the publisher's most recent SEC filing (via GameDaily). Last week a U.S. Court set a hearing for June 24 to determine whether or not they company was in compliance with...

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EA extends Take-Two purchase offer deadline a third time

Super mega-huge publisher EA has announced a third extension of its tender offer for all outstanding shares of common Take-Two stock, pushing the previous deadline, which quietly passed by last Friday without so much as a hello, to 11:59PM EST on June 16, 2008. EA notes that as of 5:00PM EST on...

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Kids finding it harder to buy M-rated games

It's a sad day for those of us who think that a future world entirely populated by desensitized adults trained from birth to be killing machines would be totally sweet. A Federal Trade Commission "undercover shopper" study has found that retailers turned down kids trying to buy M-rated games 80...

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DS LCD screen makers investigated for price fixing

When video game makers fix prices for consumers, it's considered the normal state of business. When LCD makers fix prices for game makers, they get raided by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission. So it goes. AFP has the report on the investigation on screen-makers Sharp and Hitachi, which have long...

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Jack Thompson files BioShock ad complaint with FTC

Attorney Jack Thompson has sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission for BioShock advertisements aired during Friday night's WWE Smackdown. GamePolitics has the full complaint from Thompson, a portion of it states: "Take-Two... is aggressively marketing its newest Mature-rated video...

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How did various media outlets report the FTC gaming report?

Here's some light weekend reading about politics, the media and gaming. Earlier this week the U.S. Federal Trade Commission released a report about the gaming industry. The real fun for industry folk was seeing how all the various media outlets would report the news and what their headlines would...

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FTC report: mixed reviews on industry's ability to self-regulate

The Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. has released a new report praising the games industry for making "significant progress" in decreasing both the sale of mature-rated games to minors and the advertising of mature titles alongside teen-marketed television shows, while criticizing them for...

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Learning from Sony's viral blog mistake

"From this point forward, we will just stick to making cool products, and use this site to give you nothing but the facts on the PSP." These were the last words of Sony's viral-blog-gone-bad. The site is now suspiciously empty, showing how empty that apology/promise really was. Advertising Age did...

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