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Born in Ruse, Bulgaria, Vitorio Dimov studied law at the Free University of Berlin. After successfully passing the First State Examination in 2018, he started his legal clerkship in Berlin, which he successfully completed by passing the Second State Examination (bar exam) in 2022. Vitorio has been part of the HÄRTING Rechtsanwälte since February 2014. As a student assistant, he supported the IT team and in the litigation team. During the waiting period between his First State Examination and his legal clerkship, he supported the litigation team as a research assistant. Vitorio is part of Team Digital & Data as a lawyer since 2023.
From software development to e-commerce, marketing and consulting services: The use of (generative) artificial intelligence (henceforth "AI") is penetrating every conceivable industry. This raises many different questions from a legal perspective. One of the most relevant is that of data protection. The European data protection authorities impose severe fines in the millions for violations of the GDPR. The need for companies to make their offerings legally compliant is therefore just as high.
The world of online games holds a fascinating dynamic in which players from all over the world can explore virtual worlds and interact with each other. But behind the scenes of these digital realities, developers and publishers face a critical task: moderating player behavior and ensuring fairness in competition. Online games that rely on cooperation and competition face the challenge of maintaining a positive gaming environment and guarding against cheating and hacking. In this article we show how these problems can be addressed with the help of artificial intelligence and what needs to be considered in order to mitigate potential legal risks.
In video games, artificial intelligence (AI) has not been a foreign word for a long time. NPCs (non-player characters) and bots have always been described as AI. But the advances in the sphere of actually capable, generative AI, such as the proprietary tools for AI game development called NVIDIA Omniverse ACE (Avatar Cloud Engine) announced by graphics card manufacturer NVIDIA the Computex 2023.
The integration of AI chats, like ChatGPT, in games will open up exciting new possibilities for the medium. Conceivable are evolutions of text-based genres, more in-depth stories and quests, and a much more immersive world for the players.
AI can be used to write dialogue, quests and item descriptions. In addition, it can generate art assets, game items and other objects. AI models will also greatly simplify the procedural generation of game worlds. The limits of the use of generative AI seem to depend solely on the imagination of the developers.
Generative AI, especially current Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, are on everyone’s lips. The "gold rush" is in full swing. Both individuals and companies are trying to incorporate the revolutionary technology into their everyday lives and workflow in order to increase their own productivity and functionality. However, Samsung's recent example illustrates that the use of ChatGPT in a professional environment is fraught with risks.
An Austrian court recently ruled that Sony must repay 338.26 EUR to a gamer. The Hermagor District Court (Bezirksgericht Hermagor) considered the FUT Packs that are available in the soccer simulation FIFA to be gambling under Austrian law. This case has reignited the debate surrounding the legal classification of loot boxes in the gaming industry.