German classification board now satisfied with Nintendo’s Parental Control system.
The big legal news this month comes from the Court of Justice of the European Union, the highest court in the EU, which passed a judgement effectively legalising second-hand software and game sales. Or has it?In short: yes, sort of. The true position, as ever, is not quite what you might think. And, no, that's not me being the a mealy-mouthed, fence-straddling lawyer; there really are issues here to work through here.
Atlus has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 version of Arc System Works fighting game Persona 4: Arena will be region-locked. This, we believe, makes it the first PS3 game to feature any region protection since the system's launch in 2006.
A recent Court of Justice of the European Union ruling has deemed that the sale of second-hand software does not contravene any laws, stating that software authors and publishers "cannot oppose" the resale of previously purchased games on physical or digital formats.
Sega has confirmed that it is to close offices in France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Benelux as a result of its recent restructure.The news comes three months after parent company Sega Sammy said it would restructure its loss-making videogame business "due to the challenging economic climate and significant changes in the home videogame software market environment in the US and Europe."
Animal Crossing 3DS will not be released in Europe until next year, Nintendo has confirmed.The news was announced by Satoru Shibata in a European Nintendo Direct web broadcast earlier this morning, as reported by Nintendo Gamer. Shibata, president of Nintendo Europe, said the game would not be released in the west until "the first half of 2013", and apologised for the delay. Fire Emblem: Awakening has suffered the same fate.
Mojang has confirmed that the second MineCon will take place this year in Europe, though it isn't ready to reveal the exact location or date yet.
Hackers have gained access to League Of Legends player data from Riot Games' EU West and EU Nordic & East databases."Keeping player information secure is very important to Riot," reads a post on the League Of Legends website. "That's why we're sorry to share that hackers accessed some player account information."
The western release of multiplayer brawler Anarchy Reigns has been delayed, developer Platinum Games has said.
Microsoft has cancelled the Inside Xbox video series in Europe as part of wider plans to transition from a first to a thirdparty content model.The decision follows last week’s decision to cancel the US version of Inside Xbox, which also provided content for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.Streamed directly from the Xbox 360 dashboard, Inside Xbox offered firstparty coverage of Xbox 360 games, products, news and events. European hosts Daniel Maher and Andy Farrant have lost their jobs.