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
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    nipseyrussell, 24 Jun 2008 @ 1:52pm

    "Even if not specifically under an NDA, the independent review site.....had to know the game at issue was not yet released for public retail....... are they not obligated at some level, as responsible journalist, to inform Atari of problems with their supplier chain?"
    of course not. Why would they take this upon themselves to right such an inconsequential wrong to which they are not a party. No one seems to be saying that an NDA was violated here, the only point atari seems to be making is that if someone reviewed it they must have pirated it.
    "Within an hour [after posting], Atari called to have the review pulled off, claiming there was an embargo till Friday," Bergervoet said in a comment to Shacknews. "Our review copy was sent directly to us by Atari and [was] not a pirated copy. They explicitly told [] that they only let high scoring reviews break the post-release embargo date."
    Atari really should go screw. Also, buy a new nose to replace the one they are furiously chewing off to spite their face.

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