Atari Sues Websites Over Pre-Release Reviews Of Games

from the what's-illegal-here? dept

Slashdot points us to the news that Atari has started suing various websites that posted reviews of new games prior to the release date of the games. The reviews are negative, but the real problem, according to Atari, is that there was a press embargo on reviewing the games, and if someone has a copy of the game prior to the embargo and hasn't agreed to the embargo, then it's clear that they pirated the game. At least one site has explained that it purchased the game legally from a retail source who mistakenly sold the game before the release date -- which would suggest the problem is with the retailer, not the reviewer. No matter what, the whole thing seems ridiculous. Suing those who review your games (even if the reviews are not good or if the reviews come out early) is a sure way to make sure many sites refuse to review anything you do again.
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Filed Under: pre-release, reviews, takedowns, video games
Companies: atari


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    Overcast, 24 Jun 2008 @ 10:45am

    When gaming - I like to avoid anything that involves lawyers in anyway. I'll keep it in mind when looking at games and I see the name 'Atari'.

    I hate crying over negative reviews. I've played some fantastic games, that I've seen reviewed 'bad'.

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