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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan. Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them. DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!

"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan. Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them. DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!
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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, rules, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law) of Northville, Michigan. Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them. DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!

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Tfue Sues FaZe Clan! Are Esports Companies Talent Agencies? (VL59)

5/21/2019
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On May 20, 2019, esports and Fortnite star Turner Tenney (also known as Tfue), sued his esports team, FaZe Clan Inc., for violations of contract and California law. Among the allegations Mr. Tenney asserts that FaZe (i) stole his profits, (ii) restrained trade in violation of California law, (iii) engaged in other bad acts related to young adults and minors (drinking, injury), and (iv) operated as an unlicensed talent agency. What legal arguments does Tenney make in his complaint? How does...

Duration:01:16:55

SPOILERS - Game Of Thrones S8E6 "The Iron Throne" - Postmortem

5/20/2019
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***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS*** Showrunners D.B Weiss and David Benioff have us all Dreaming of Spring in Episode 6, the series finale of Game of Thrones: "The Iron Throne". How did we get here? What have we learned? What can ten (plus) minutes of Tyrion walking silently through various locales tell us about our collective humanity? Why might Jon Snow, the son of Ice and Fire, need convincing that razing a city of innocents could, in fact, be wrong?...

Duration:01:14:13

Azure Dreams A Lawyers Thoughts On The MicrosoftSony Gaming Alliance (VL58)

5/16/2019
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On May 16, 2019, video game industry titans (and competitors) Microsoft and Sony announced an alliance between the companies that could spell better, faster gaming experiences for everyone; an alliance that will open the doors of Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing solution, Sony’s proprietary semiconductor technology, the companies' artificial intelligence research, and potentially much more. Having negotiated our share of joint development projects and memorandums of understanding (MOUs), we...

Duration:00:29:39

Did Ubisoft Deceptively Advertise The Division 2? A Lawyers View (VL57)

5/15/2019
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When Ubisoft announced the long awaited release of "raid" level content for its hit game The Division 2 this week, it did so with one major caveat: the game would not support matchmaking for this new content. While concerning enough for those interested in matchmaking, the issue is more than simply one of disappointment, as Ubisoft had solicited sales for the game by releasing marketing materials which made it clear that the game would support matchmaking "for all activities and at all...

Duration:00:31:47

Did The Supreme Court Just Kill Console Games? A Lawyer Reads "Apple Inc V Pepper" (VL56)

5/13/2019
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It's rare that we read through Supreme Court cases here on Virtual Legality, but when the implications are as potentially significant as those in today's holding in "Apple Inc v Pepper", well, we had to dive in. In Apple Inc v Pepper, the Supreme Court has found that under the United States antitrust laws Apple *can* be sued by purchasers of phones and tablets for damages arising out Apple's 30% "cut" of App Store developer revenues. But what does that really mean for the future of the Apple...

Duration:00:54:53

SPOILERS - Game Of Thrones S8E5: "The Bells" - Postmortem Reactions (Hoeg Law)

5/13/2019
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***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS*** Chaos may be a ladder, but Madness is a Mountain on Episode 5 of the final season of Game of Thrones: "The Bells". What works and doesn't work? What fate befalls fan favorites characters? Why is Tyrion always, always wrong (at least since the showrunners ran out of book material)? Why is Jamie's arc the most tragic (and ill-conceived) of the entire show? What did Dany do and why? And how did almost 8 full seasons of...

Duration:00:59:18

Variety! Waypoint! Kotaku! Write - Offs Shutdowns Layoffs And Restructuring A Lawyer's Perspective

5/12/2019
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On May 10th, 2019, Variety Gaming's Brian Crecente announced via Twitter that Variety Gaming would be "reassessed" after E3 and he would no longer have a job. On May 6th, 2019 Waypoint announced that it was losing it's name and domain and folding into parent media company Vice. On April 8, 2019, Kotaku (along with the rest of the Gizmodo group) was sold to a Private Equity Firm. Whether or not you like or agree with the output of any of these outlets, it is undoubtedly clear that coverage of...

Duration:00:28:08

Virtual Legality 55 - MT Words: The Legal Issues Posed By Senator's Proposed Microtransaction Ban

5/10/2019
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On May 8, 2019, Senator Josh Hawley announced his plan to introduce a bill in the United States Senate that would see the prohibition of "loot boxes" and "pay-to-win" mechanics from games targeting children. Light on facts and light on specifics, the announcement itself left much to be desired (and explained), but that didn't stop numerous industry outlets from reporting on the proposal. What does it mean for a game to target children? How does the existing Children's Online Privacy...

Duration:00:51:16

Virtual Legality 54 - Could Playing A Game Before Release Cost You Your Xbox Live Account?!

5/8/2019
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It's a new world as Microsoft and Xbox have reinterpreted their existing Services Agreement (binding all Xbox Live account holders) under new "Community Standards" in some...interesting...ways. Who determines what is "a little bit" of trash talk, and whether or not it is "clean"? When are prizes and giveaways "frequent", "regular", or "repetitive"? Is music in voice chat really "inappropriate"? What makes a political position "controversial"? Is requesting redress for damages or losses in...

Duration:01:08:28

SPOILERS - Game Of Thrones S8E4: "The Last Of The Starks" - Postmortem Reactions (Hoeg Law)

5/6/2019
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***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS*** We're back to table setting after the events of last week, in episode 4 of the final season of Game of Thrones: "The Last of the Starks". What works and doesn't work? How seriously are we supposed to take the threats posed in the new world order, especially when juxtaposed with the (lack of) impact from the season's previous episodes? Why do portions of the episode engender some of the feelings of complexity and depth...

Duration:00:50:21

Virtual Legality - "Games As A Service" And Fraud: A Conversation With Ross Scott (Accursed Farms)

5/3/2019
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When Youtuber Ross Scott (Accursed Farms) put out his video claiming that, by their very nature, service-based games (GaaS) were fraudulent (https://youtu.be/tUAX0gnZ3Nw), we responded with a video of our own explaining that, while his concerns with the business practice were justified, particularly in respect of the difficulties posed for preservation of the medium, they likely did not rise to the level of fraud or other actionable legal complaint (https://youtu.be/yndkAmqjs0o). After a...

Duration:01:58:46

Virtual Legality 53 - No, "Games As A Service" Isn't Fraud: A Response To Accursed Farms (Hoeg Law)

5/1/2019
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As the gaming industry moves towards devoting more resources to "Games as a Service" and "live game" products, there are great discussions to be had around how to preserve these naturally temporary experiences. When Youtuber Accursed Farms put out a video claiming that, by their very nature, service-based games were fraudulent as part of that discussion, we were contacted by a number of folks asking for a response. And while we think it's always a good thing for folks to engage on topics...

Duration:01:45:19

SPOILERS - Game Of Thrones S8E3 "The Long Night" - Postmortem Reactions (Hoeg Law)

4/29/2019
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***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS*** The night is dark and full of, well, who can tell really, on Episode 3 of the final season of Game of Thrones: "The Long Night". What works and doesn't work? How does series regular director Miguel Sapochnik fare at delivering the epic imagery the fans of the series have come to expect, while constrained by darkness, night, and medieval lighting? And how does the structure of the series itself work against what the...

Duration:00:40:55

SPOILERS---Avengers: Endgame - Postmortem Reactions (Hoeg Law)

4/26/2019
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***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS*** We're in the endgame now, folks. And there's a lot to unpack...to put it mildly. Join us for a postmortem analytical discussion of the biggest film that ever was. Whatever it takes. Discussion begins at 2:13. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT: https://youtu.be/EO01dA4rfbg #Avengers #Endgame #Postmortem *** FOR MORE CHECK US OUT: On Twitter @hoeglaw At our website: https://hoeglaw.com/ On our Blog, "Rules of the Game", at...

Duration:01:00:37

Virtual Legality 52 - Lost Without A Map: Anthem And Deceptive Advertisement (Hoeg Law)

4/24/2019
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Bioware's Anthem has seen no small number of potholes on the road to commercial and critical success, but the announcement yesterday that the game would receive almost none of the updates previously publicized for release in April (by Bioware itself), may well have been the last straw for many. What did Bioware say yesterday, and how will it impact development of the game going forward? What role did Electronic Arts have in delivering a game that requires such foundational changes to its...

Duration:00:51:03

SPOILERS: Game Of Thrones S8E2 "A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms" - Postmortem Reactions (Hoeg Law)

4/22/2019
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***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS*** The second verse is the same as the first in episode 2 of the final season of Game of Thrones: "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms". What works and doesn't work? How did the nature of weekly television influence the creation of what is clearly a "Part 2" to the season's first episode? Why did so many subplot characters get so much time in the spotlight? And why does the end result feel like reverse engineering from what...

Duration:00:32:30

Virtual Legality 51 - Quinault Nation v Valve: The Perils Of Policy By Lawsuit (Hoeg Law)

4/20/2019
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When the Quinault Indian Nation wasn't satisfied with the efforts of the Washington Gambling Commission to curtail what it saw as illegal gambling facilitated by Valve's Steam gaming platform through Counter Strike: Global Offensive "lootboxes" and related websites, it decided to take matters into its own hands - with a lawsuit. What does Quinault allege in its suit? Is Valve facilitating gambling through Steam and Counter Strike? If reasonable minds can (and do) differ on what constitutes...

Duration:00:32:53

Virtual Legality 50 - On The Tyranny Of "Guidelines": A PlayStation Story (Hoeg Law)

4/18/2019
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Early specifications for the PlayStation 5 were not the only things to come out of Sony this week, as The Wall Street Journal published news of Sony's newly-minted (and fairly opaque) sexual content policies. What are the new policies and how have they been interpreted by Sony? What caused the policies to be enacted and why weren't any formal rule changes required? And why is this reliance on "guidelines" over formal rules making some developers (and industry observers) anxious? CHECK OUT...

Duration:00:35:07

Virtual Legality 49 - What To Expect When You're Expecting...PlayStation 5 (Hoeg Law)

4/16/2019
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When Sony's out-of-the-blue announcement of the framework for their next PlayStation appearing in Wired this morning, many were left with more questions than answers. What makes the next PlayStation fundamentally different from the mid-generation refresh of the PlayStation 4 Pro, and when will it launch? How has Sony's approach to public announcements changed since the launch of the PlayStation 4 in 2013? And why would Sony be releasing *any* information on it's marquee gaming product now,...

Duration:00:39:29

SPOILERS: Game Of Thrones 8:1 "Winterfell" - Postmortem Analysis (Hoeg Law)

4/15/2019
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***SPOILER WARNING: All Postmortem videos and podcasts contain SPOILERS*** After almost two years, Game of Thrones returns with Episode 1 of its eighth and final season, "Winterfell". What works and doesn't work? How does the shortened season affect perception of what is happening (and what isn't)? And just what do titles, lordships, and crowns matter at the end of the world, anyway? Join us for the latest Hoeg Law Postmortem: "Winterfell". CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AT:...

Duration:00:34:00