10 Gaming Moments That Led To Massive Lawsuits

Do you smell that? That, my friend, is the smell of money - I mean, um - justice.

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The second a new industry begins to make money, there will be two reactions.

Other industries will see the potential amount of money they're leaving on the table. They'll quickly staff a new subsidiary and race to catch up to the industry's originators as quickly, and as cheaply, as possible.

Or, someone will see that same amount of money on that same table, and just try and take it. Enter the civil lawsuit.

Of course, suing someone isn't always a cynical cash grab. People and companies have every right to protect and profit off of their own creations, and if someone is infringing on that right, then they're left with little choice but to sue. In some cases, this could even establish legal precedent that didn't previously exist, influencing the industry forever.

However, this is not always the case. And as video games grow in popularity, so too grows the controversy surrounding them. And where there's controversy around a popular form of entertainment, you can bet the lawyers will not be far behind.

These are ten video game lawsuits that will always live in infamy, either for the amount of money involved, legal importance, or just plain insanity.

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