psj3809 wrote:zapiy wrote:Agreed, i have never had to deal with this kind of thing but from what i understand from chatting to other people about copyright and old games not related to the GG. Its a mine field, especially if the original holder is no longer.. lots of people can claim ownership so getting to the bottom of it can be hard. Not saying thats the case here but i assume its very similar.
Totally agree, sounds a complete nightmare when it comes to who owns what all these years later.
It's a nightmare but it is possible. Who owns what can be really clear.
As an example, Data East Classics for the Wii was released by Majesco after they'd licensed the games on it from G-Mode, current holders of a lot of the Data East arcade licenses. Not all games are dwelling in license hell.
I think Blaze were sort of expecting companies to come to them with their games ready to run on the GG with all the work done or something. A really simplistic view IMO. It usually takes a third party like Majesco to do the emulation work and get the games out there. In the case of GG it would have to be Blaze themselves doing the work or a contracted third party. Getting the license is only half the job. You also have to license the platform you're emulating (usually) and then get the whole thing done. I think this might have wrong-footed Blaze in the same way it did with Krome and Game Room. Maybe Blaze bit off more than they were prepared to chew.
It's true that many publishers seem to sit on their old IP but if the cost of getting it out there doesn't make it worthwhile in financial terms then it's understandable.
Whatever the situation, Blaze need a far better strategy in acquiring and delivering games for the thing. I think that's obvious.