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Report: Capcom Is Suing Koei Tecmo Over Older Dynasty Warriors Games

Capcom is suing Dynasty Warriors publisher Koei Tecmo for patent infringement, according to new report. The matter concerns a Capcom-held patent filed in 2002 that details how users can import content from one disc-based piece of software to another.

A similar feature was found in a number of Musou games dating back to Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends (2002). The import feature allowed users to combine the content of the original game, with the new material found in the Xtreme Legends version to create a complete experience. 

Capcom seeks an award totaling between 5 percent and 10 percent of the ¥980 million ($ 9.4 million) Koei Tecmo earned on titles that use the feature. Capcom has also asked for an injunction on allegedly infringing titles. If granted its request, Capcom would be due between $ 470,000 and and $ 940,000.

We’ve reached out to Capcom and Koei Tecmo for comment. We’ll update should we receive responses.

[Source: Sankei via Siliconera]

 

Our Take
The licensing fee stakes aren’t terribly high, but the implications for Capcom, Koei Tecmo, and other publishers if the patent is upheld could be very significant. Most content unlocks in expansions or subsequent titles are handled digitally now, but if Capcom wins, it could mine publisher libraries and take the fight to other companies.

Koei does have one ace up its sleeve: Tecmo’s Monster Rancher. If you recall, this series of games used other forms of media (games, compact discs) to generate characters. The publisher could convince the court that it used similar technology that pre-dates the 2002 patent.

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Report: Amazon In Talks To Purchase Twitch

A new report indicates that a new suitor is wooing popular streaming site Twitch. Previous reports paired Google and YouTube with the growing service, but today’s news suggests another heavyweight company’s interest.

According to The Information and, subsequently, the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is in talks to acquire Twitch. According to the Wall Street Journal, which cites a source who has been briefed, the deal would be worth over $ 1 billion and could be announced as early as today. Previous reports suggested a similar price tag with Google as the buyer.

In recent weeks, Twitch has made moves to clean up its copyright problems. The company shut down Justin.tv, the website that pre-dated Twitch as a home for game streaming. Twitch also made changes to the way it handles licensed music played underneath streams and in games like Grand Theft Auto V.

We’ve reached out to Twitch and Amazon for comment on this matter. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: The Information, Wall Street Journal]

 

Our Take
The troubling thing about this news isn’t the change in prospective buyers, it’s that the Google/Twitch deal was reported as “confirmed” by the outlet we sourced. It’s important to note that until paperwork emerges or a press release or statement is issued, no deal should be considered final.

Amazon is an interesting fit with Twitch, as it positions the company well to compete on Google’s turf. Amazon is currently having some financial troubles though, and may see this as an in-road to established advertising dollars and an engaged audience.

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Report: 92 percent of PC game sales in 2013 were digital

Console games may still occupy a large amount of retail space with physical copies, but PC games are another story altogether, according to research firm DFC Intelligence. The organization told website PC Retail that 92 percent of all PC games sold…
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Report: Most U.S. smartphone owners rarely download new apps

Mobile developers, take note: A new report suggests most people in the U.S. aren’t downloading a lot of new apps and games for their devices, even as their total app usage time rises. …


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[Update] Report: PSN Down Due To DDoS Attack

Update: Sony is aware of the issue and is working to get the PlayStation Network back online.

Original story:

The PlayStation Network is currently down, and reports are pointing to a DDoS attack as the culprit.

According to a report from Shacknews, Blizzard's assorted online networks as well as League of Legends and Path of Exile's networks were all attacked, but those seem to have recovered. The PlayStation Network, on the other hand, is still down as of this writing. A group calling themselves Lizard Squad have taken credit for the attacks.

[Source: Shacknews, via Joystiq]

 

Our Take
DDoS attacks basically flood a network with information and requests causing them to buckle, so there isn't any need to need to be concerned about private information being compromised – at least not yet. It's mostly just an inconvenience, albeit an obnoxious one.

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Report: Dead Rising movie digs up a director

Zach Lipovsky has been tapped to direct the straight-to-Crackle Dead Rising movie adaptation we mentioned a few months back, according to The Wrap.

If the name doesn’t ring any bells for you, don’t worry, it shouldn’t. Lipovsky began his Hollywood…
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Report: Ouya ties up with China’s number one smartphone maker

The microconsole start-up and its games will head to China as part of a deal with Xiaomi, according to a new report. …


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Report: Free Play Days appear in Xbox One preview program

Microsoft has a new promotion in store for Xbox Live Gold subscribers dubbed “Free Play Days,” assuming a screenshot captured by Reddit users under the Xbox One preview program can be taken at face value.

Redditor JBurton90 posted the above image to…
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Report: Metal Gear fan remake featuring Hayter shut down

A remake of the original Metal Gear – not Metal Gear Solid, for clarity – that reportedly featured David Hayter reprising his years-long role as Solid Snake has been shut down, according to Metal Gear Informer. The site reports that a producer on the…
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Report: Xbox Entertainment Studios May Yet Continue

Despite last month's news of Phil Spencer shutting
down
Xbox Entertainment Studios, a new report suggests that the property isn't
necessarily dead yet.

The
Hollywood Reporter
reports that Xbox Entertainment Studios
may find life under the wing of Warner Bros. The Reporter states that the Xbox Entertainment Studios is "shopping
for a new home and has had preliminary talks with Warner Bros about possibly
becoming a stand-alone entity based at the studio."

If said purchase were to happen, Warner Bros. would
merge XES with Machinima. That being said, the Reporter goes further to say that "the talks are still preliminary
and an agreement with Warner Bros. is unlikely." Still, these reports
definitely indicate that some sort of future may exist for the property.

Xbox Entertainment Studios was set to be a highly
engaging and interactive form of entertainment for Xbox owners. The initial
promise was for an assortment of voice-controlled TV apps, new exclusive TV
shows, and other forms of visual entertainment.

By the end, Xbox Entertainment Studios only managed
to pump out two shows. Despite the closure, existing projects such as Halo:
Nightfall and the upcoming E.T. documentary Signal
to Noise
are still in production.

[Source:
The Hollywood Reporter via Gamespot]

 

Our Take
Even though the merger of Warner Bros. and XES might
be a bit unlikely, this is good news for those who may be disappointed that
they didn't get the large variety of entertainment they were promised. I for
one hope some sort of deal is made for the property with someone as it feels
wasteful to throw all of those potential projects down the drain.

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