Valve Loses Controller Patent Lawsuit

Law.com has the results of the patent infringement lawsuit over the Steam Controller mentioned last week (thanks VGC). Word is the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff, and Valve is on the hook to pay them $4 million:
The number is on the low end of the damages range sought by Ironburg Inventions, but jurors also found Valve Corp.'s infringement was willful, raising the possibility of enhancements. Valve had argued there was no infringement.

The intellectual property holding company for video came controller maker SCUF Gaming has won a $4 million verdict in the nation’s first all-virtual patent infringement jury trial.
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I had one of these as a kid... and I'm above the mean age for readers of this page. Thing broke a few times and had to take it apart to fix it... 100% mechanical switches inside, good stuff!

Epyx 500XJ

Can't say for sure that is prior art... but seems to have them beat by at least a dozen years...

That having been said, their controllers do look sweet. My bad fingers are my middle fingers or I would consider one for accessibility reasons!
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