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Blizzard President J. Allen Brack is Leaving the Company

He's leaving to "pursue new opportunities."

Blizzard president J. Allen Brack has officially stepped down just a couple of weeks after he was named and shamed as part of a larger Activision Blizzard lawsuit. The lawsuit specifically named Brack as one of the numerous people involved in the widespread sexual harassment and discrimination happening within the company.

Official confirmation of Brack's departure came via the Blizzard website. The statement notes...
 

A Look Inside Blizzard Developers' Disgusting 'Cosby Suite'

It's real and it's perhaps worse than you could have ever imagined.

Last week, Activision Blizzard was sued by the state of California after the state conducted a two-year long investigation and found countless cases of sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. Included in the legal filing by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing was a mention of the "Cosby Suite."

Today, while Blizzard employees were staging a walkout in support...
 

Activision Blizzard Sued by California After Two Year Investigation into Rampant Sexual Harassment

The harassment is so bad it drove at least one person to suicide.

After a two-year long investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard due to the constant sexual harassment that female employees have been subjected to over the years. According to a report from Bloomberg, Activision Blizzard is said to foster a "frat boy" culture.

This culture, left unchecked and unpunished for...
 

Battlefield Portal Brings Many Eras of Battlefield Together in One Place

Ok, but like, what if we played all the Battlefields?

Battlefield Portal was officially announced today during EA Play Live. Rumors about this mode for Battlefield 2042 have been circulating for a while now, but today the news was officially confirmed. Battlefield Portal is billed as a "community-driven platform within Battlefield 2042 that will let you create and find fantastic experiences made by the series' creative and passionate community."

Players will...
 

Valve Announces Steam Deck, A Handheld PC Starting at $399

This new device is the first in a new series of handheld PC from Valve.

Back in May 2021, a rumor came out suggesting that Valve was working on a new handheld PC device called the SteamPal. While that is partially true, the one thing that didn't stick through to the end was the name. These devices are officially called Steam Deck and they start at a pretty affordable $399 (USD) MSRP.

Valve says that Steam Deck is a "powerful all-in-one portable PC." It has a...
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  • Fullbright Co-founder Steve Gaynor Steps Back Following Allegations of Creating a Toxic Work Environment

    Gaynor is accused of being extremely controlling, toxic, and would break down employees via microaggressions.

    Steve Gaynor, the co-founder of Fullbright, developers of games such as Gone Home and Tacoma, has stepped back from his position as creative lead and manager. This comes after allegations were levied against Gaynor that he fostered a very toxic work environment. Gaynor will now only be a writer on Fullbright's upcoming title, Open Roads.

    In the late evening hours...
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  • Final Street Fighter 5 Character is a Look Ahead to Street Fighter 6

    Final Street Fighter 5 Character is a Look Ahead to Street Fighter 6

    You can play the future right now.

    Capcom announced the final character coming to Street Fighter V's roster. Meet Luke. This is a new character and, according to Capcom, a "key player in the future of the series." This seems to indicate that Luke will be one of the key stars in Street Fighter VI.

    This wouldn't be the first time Capcom showed off a future key figure in a previous title. They did this with Alex in Street Fighter III. They also did it for Ryu in...
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  • PSA: Far Cry 5 is Free for the Weekend

    PSA: Far Cry 5 is Free for the Weekend

    Get those preloads started now.

    Everybody likes free. That seems to be something that Ubisoft is aware of because they're making Far Cry 5 available to play for free this weekend. You can play it for free via either the Epic Games Store or Ubisoft Connect on PC. You can also play during the free weekend on Xbox, PlayStation, and Stadia. Yeah, it's strangely not going to be available for free on Steam, which is a platform known for its free weekends. Weird.

    Anyway, the...
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  • New World MMO Once Again Delayed

    New World MMO Once Again Delayed

    The game will now be released in September.

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Amazon Games developed MMORPG, New World, has been delayed. Shocking, right? This is at least the fourth delay for the game since it was announced in December of 2019. It was first delayed in April 2020 until August 2020. Then it was delayed in July 2020 until some time in 2021. Then in February of this year it was pushed to August. And now, here we are in August of 2021 and the game is now delayed...
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  • Here are the Possible Battlefield 2042 PC System Requirements

    Here are the Possible Battlefield 2042 PC System Requirements

    Keep in mind that these may not be final.

    There may or may not have been an email that went out earlier today inviting those interested in participating in an upcoming Battlefield 2042 Technical Playtest on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. This invitation may have said that the playtest would begin on August 12th and run through August 15th with various play session times scattered over the course of those four days.

    More importantly, that email may or may not have...
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  • Bobby Kotick Claims 'People will be Held Responsible for Their Actions'

    Bobby Kotick Claims 'People will be Held Responsible for Their Actions'

    What about Bobby's actions? Who will hold him accountable?

    Activision Blizzard shared their Q2 2021 financial results today with the public. During the earnings call, Activision Blizzard said that they had a "commitment to a safe working environment." They also promised that they would take "swift action to ensure a safe and welcoming work environment for all employees."

    Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said that "people will be held accountable...
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  • Activision Blizzard Now Also Being Sued by an Investor

    Activision Blizzard Now Also Being Sued by an Investor

    Company now being sued for not disclosing harassment, leading to inflated stock prices.

    Activision Blizzard is now also being sued by an investor. As of Tuesday, August 3, an investor told federal securities fraud claims in Los Angeles that the company kept investors and shareholders in the dark about an ongoing investigation into its toxic workplace culture. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. This suit not only targets the company...
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  • Age of Empires 4 Beta Begins August 5

    Age of Empires 4 Beta Begins August 5

    Experience multiplayer and AI matches for up to 8 players.

    A beta for Age of Empires 4 will kick off on August 5. This will give Age Insiders a chance to play some matches in multiplayer or against AI ahead of the game's full launch on October 28.

    This beta will include a tutorial mission. This mission teaches players the basics of building, economics, combat, and "other core skills." This beta will also include support for multiplayer matches and matches against...
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  • Microsoft Announces a Special Blue Xbox Series Controller

    Microsoft Announces a Special Blue Xbox Series Controller

    A great controller for those who love the color blue.

    Today, Microsoft announced the new Aqua Shift Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller. The company says that this special controller features "a surreal, color-shifting blue shimmer that you need to see to believe."

    Beyond the cool blue shimmer effect going on, this controller is the first Special Edition Xbox Series X|S controller to feature "rubberized side grips with a unique dual color swirl on every...
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  • Activision Blizzard Employees Form an 'Alliance' and Denounce the Law Firm Hired by the Company

    One step closer to unionizing.

    A group of employees from a number of Activision Blizzard studios have joined together to form what they are calling the ABK Workers Alliance. This group has sent a joint letter to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and the executive leadership team within the company. This letter openly criticizes the law firm, WilmerHale, that Activision Blizzard management have hired to serve as a third-party auditor for the company.

    The letter, provided...
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  • Blizzard President J. Allen Brack is Leaving the Company

    Blizzard President J. Allen Brack is Leaving the Company

    He's leaving to "pursue new opportunities."

    Blizzard president J. Allen Brack has officially stepped down just a couple of weeks after he was named and shamed as part of a larger Activision Blizzard lawsuit. The lawsuit specifically named Brack as one of the numerous people involved in the widespread sexual harassment and discrimination happening within the company.

    Official confirmation of Brack's departure came via the Blizzard website. The statement notes...
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  • Ariana Grande Kicks Off Fortnite Rift Tour Starting August 6

    Ariana Grande Kicks Off Fortnite Rift Tour Starting August 6

    Five virtual showings await fans.

    Ariana Grande will officially kick off Fortnite's Rift Tour starting on August 6. Epic Games will host five separate virtual performances of Ariana Grande within Fortnite from August 6 through August 8. This confirms a report from late July that suggested Grande would be the next major performer to grace the Fortnite battlefield.

    There won't just be some virtual shows to attend within Fortnite. There will also be an Ariana Grande outfit...
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  • Final Fantasy 14 Icon Changed After Complaints from Users with Trypophobia

    Final Fantasy 14 Icon Changed After Complaints from Users with Trypophobia

    The Sage icon has been adjusted every so slightly.

    The Sage job is one of the new ones coming to Final Fantasy 14 as part of the upcoming Endwalker expansion. This is a healer class that can fight with four floating blades called nouliths. The icon for the Sage depicts these four weapons, but the original design came with one unexpected side-effect.

    Apparently the original icon for the Sage was making some players feel "uncomfortable or fearful." The reason for...
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  • SkateBIRD Delayed Until September

    SkateBIRD Delayed Until September

    It's not much of one, but it is still delayed nonetheless.

    Back in June, we shared the news that SkateBIRD was slated to be released on August 12. Sadly, that release date has been pushed back ever so slightly. The new release date is now September 16. So yeah, it's not a big delay but it's one that I felt was worth sharing if you were looking forward to being a skateboarding bird.

    Glass Bottom Games founder Megan Fox shared this news a little bit ago today via Twitte...
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  • 2K to Reveal a New Franchise Later this Month

    2K to Reveal a New Franchise Later this Month

    Will supposedly launch this new title before next April.

    2K apparently has a new franchise that they are working on. The first entry in this new franchise is slated to be revealed later this month. This is according to Take-Two's Q1 earnings report. This new franchise being revealed later in August also came with a confirmation that the game would launch some time "this fiscal year."

    "This fiscal year" means that the game is slated to launch at any...
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  • Has Your Most Anticipated Title Been Delayed Out of 2021?
    by Shawn Zipay
    It is inevitable.

    Tis the season for delays. With a number of games being delayed back in 2020, 2021 has continued that unfortunate trend. This begs the question: Has your most anticipated game been delayed out of its originally planned 2021 release date?

    Feel free to share in the comments below what your most anticipated title, or titles, are that are coming out.
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