Video Game News: 7/5/2013

What’s going in the video game world today?

  1. Robin Antonick’s fraud claim against Electronic Arts was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer on July 1st, 2013. His copyright lawsuit citing that EA broke a 1986 contract by not paying him royalties was given the go ahead and will go to trial. If Antonick wins his case, he will be owed millions. Antonick wrote an the original Madden title for EA.
  2. Wii U sales remain abysmal, barely selling more than 22,000 copies for the week of June 22nd. The Wii outsold the system by more than 1500 copies. To make matters worse for Nintendo, only three titles broke the top 75 games sold during the week of June 22nd. No Wii U games broke the top 20.
  3. Chris Priestly tenure as Community Manager for BioWare is coming to an end at the end of July.
  4. Morgan Tear and Mark Nielson of the University of Queensland failed to find any correlation between violent video games and the decline of prosocial behavior. This is yet another study that shows violent video games do not cause violent behavior. It is doubtful this research will greatly influence regulatory policy of future video games, sadly.
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