- Green Man Gaming called into question over Black Ops III keys
Online shop Green Man Gaming has agreements with many developers and publishers to sell keys for their games.
- Nintendo prevails against European mod and homebrew biz
Nintendo has prevailed against an Italian company called PC Box which distributed devices allowing users to circumvent the copy protection on its hardware -- because whether intentional or not, piracy was enabled.
As reported by Wired UK, despite an early victory at the Court of Justice of the European Union, an Italian intellectual property tribunal decreed that the company's devices enabled piracy.
PC Box's defense hinged on the idea that its products merely circumvented Nintendo's grip on its devices, which prevented users from fully realizing their potential (as MP3 players, for example).
- Canada's game dev industry grows: 472 studios, 20,400 people
The Entertainment Software Association of Canada has released stats that show that Canadian studios have grown dramatically in just the last couple of years.
According to the ESAC, there are 472 studios employing 20,400 people across the country, a 24 percent rise over 2013.
- 5 years on, Blizzard's latest Starcraft II expansion sells 1M+ in 24 hours
Blizzard sold more than 1 million copies of its latest Starcraft II expansion, Legacy of the Void, in the 24 hours following its release last week, suggesting there's always money in the Starcraft brand.
That's notably faster than either the original game, which in 2010 topped 1.5 million units sold in 48 hours, or its second expansion Heart of the Swarm, which in 2013 sold roughly 1.1 million copies in two days.
This also marks the end of a five-year arc for Starcraft II, which Blizzard designed from the ground up to be a trilogy of games.