The EU digital sales ruling: a lawyer’s view

The EU digital sales ruling: a lawyer's view

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.

Sega closing some European offices

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."

No Animal Crossing 3DS in Europe this year

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.

Microsoft discontinues Inside Xbox in Europe

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.