Turbine, the developer behind Dungeons & Dragons Online
, has become embroiled in a whole new legal snafu in addition to suing (and being sued by
) Atari over problems with the aforementioned game. The developer is now also being sued for patent infringement.
Turbine isn't the only defendant in the case either; Blizzard, Sony, NCSoft and Jagex are all being targeted in a case filed by Paltalk Holdings Inc.
The patent in question is a typically ambiguous one too, covering the basics of how multiple players in diffferent locations can still see the same events in real-time, according to The Boston Globe
Paltalk apparently bought the patents in 2002 and has previously reached a successful settlement with Microsoft, who were alleged to have infringed the patent in Halo
. The fact that Microsoft came to a settlement back in March will potentially make it a lot harder for the defendants to dispute the case.
While Turbine is being targeted over D&D Online
, Sony is being sued over EverQuest
, Blizzard for World of Warcraft
, NCSoft for Guild of Heroes
and Jagex for Runescape
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