A month later, Rio Olympics 2016 was to start but it gave no major setback to the release of Pokemon Go, a location-based AR embedded free-to-play game. That’s the power of Augmented reality in the game development. The scope of augmented reality is massive to be measured in the technological landscape. It has already given a major push to the techniques of developing games for smartphones.
The fate of technology is to grow always so that it could contribute towards a more satisfying consumer experience. And, with the explosion of popularity there comes a number of legal issues. But how could law come in between the popularity of augmented reality video games? Quite strange! Well, the geeks having familiarity with laws won’t react similarly. Wishing to know why? Keep on reading to unlock your query.
Here are the Legal Concerns for Augmented Reality Game Development
Consumer Privacy Concerns
The concern is related to consumers’ private account details. While signing up for the game, initially, the Pokemon Go requested full access to users’ Google account meaning the app development company can easily get the access to users’ Google drive, Google docs, and the Gmail account. Although, the mistake was corrected with the later release Pokemon Go. However, it still asks for the access to camera and global positioning system.
Safety Concerns Associated with Games
A number of reports concerning trespassing on private property, distracted driving, walking into traffic, and other such accidents were filed with the addiction of users playing Pokemon Go. This could go worse with the users’ inclination towards the game. As an effect of the same, many homeowners filed lawsuits against players seeking the refund for the damage.
Intellectual Property Concerns
There are a number of property concerns related to the use of augmented reality. The loss of property by the users while playing the game is something that may raise a number of legal issues. While the game developers keep urging the users to respect the laws of the real world, there have been a number of cases against the users.
Augmented reality games are so new to legal landscape. While there was a huge hype after the release of the game, legal cases were similarly filed against the property loss. It may take a long time for courts to discuss these matter in the legal landscape.
One more concern with augmented reality is that gut feeling of realness that AR technique may present as a part of the jurisdiction, which is actually not real. This may harm the complete justice process.
The article aims to figure out the interesting factors coming out with augmented reality in the eyes of laws. I have tried to answer some possibilities of AI that may change the scenario in terms of laws. The above-quoted example of the game like Pokemon Go (that makes the best utilization of AR) has already raised a number of questions the answers for which are still pending.
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