Virtual Legality #27-2 Update: Sponsored by EA?

More twists and turns in the continuing story of just what happened to GGGManLives’ Anthem Review!

What does Electronic Arts claim to have happened?

What is the difference between “Game Changers” and “Sponsored” Content?

And why does a video exist with absolutely NO disclosures, if the issue (as claimed by EA) was that EA paid for its creation?

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Game Changer! Did EA force influencer to violate False Advertising Laws?

With reports that content creator “Gggmanlives”, a member of Electronic Arts’ own paid-affiliate “Game Changers” program, was asked to remove EA-identifying watermarks from his negative review of Bioware’s Anthem, controversy surrounding the video game publisher’s use of influencers as de facto arms of its marketing department continues to swirl.

What seems to have actually happened here?

What is the Electronic Arts Game Changers Program?

And if EA actually made this request, why might it have caused itself (and Gggmanlives) many, many more problems?


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The Shoe Head ‘Round the World: Zion Williamson, Nike, and Contract Law

When the best player in the game falls to injury, not by happenstance, but because of the shoe his University contractually obligated him to wear…who is left holding the bag?

What happened to Zion Williamson and his shoe on the night of February 20, 2019?

What happened to Nike’s stock price?

And just what is in those “all-sports” contracts Nike signs with Universities like Duke, anyway?

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Scalebound on Nintendo? IP, Contract, and Trademark Law

Rumors swirl of a long-dead game being revived for Nintendo’s Switch platform, with Microsoft and PlatinumGames’ abandoned Scalebound project leading the guesses.

Could Scalebound actually come to Nintendo’s Switch?

What do intellectual property rights and contract law mean for how such a project might take shape?

And why does an abandoned trademark tell less than half of this particular story?

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Virtual Legality Extra – It’s About Ethics in Games Journalism…

Gamergate long ago scorched the earth of having a reasonable conversation about journalistic practices in gaming and beyond, but…what if it hadn’t?

In our first Virtual Legality Extra, we dive headlong into the conversation started again this past week by The Escapist and Russ Pitts, including a discussion of the comments being made by some the industry’s most popular journalists.

Can we separate out harassment from message?

What place does politics have in the conversation?

And why does the rise of the “influencer” make the consideration of ethics more important than ever?

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Does Steam hold the “Keys” to Epic’s Game Store Kingdom?

Though Epic has come out blazing with attacks on Steam’s 70/30 revenue split, Steam’s policy of allowing publishers and developers to sell their own Steam “keys” on other stores (serviced by Steam for free), makes the math a bit more complicated.

What is Steam’s “key” policy and how does it differ from what is presently offered by the Epic Games Store?

What does it mean to enforce “guidelines” over specific rules or contract terms?

And why does the use of “guidelines” mean that some publishers and developers might still consider themselves to be better off going with Epic?

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