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Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
 

Blizzard Bends the Knee to China, Bans Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung

Pro player that voiced his support for the Hong Kong protests banned by Blizzard.

Yesterday, we brought you the story about Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a professional Hearthstone player that called for the liberation of Hong Kong during a post-game interview on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream. During the interview, Blitzchung wore a gasmask not completely dissimilar to the ones worn by protesters in Hong Kong. Blitzchung voice his support for those who have been protesting China's growing authoritarian control over Hong Kong.
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Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

The company quietly moved PS4 cross-play out of beta.

You are probably about to see more and more multiplayer focused multi-platform games add support for cross-play soon. Just today, we saw that PUBG added in cross-platform play between Xbox and PlayStation users. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare test included some cross-play support. With these new changes, Modern Warfare may be the first game to actually ship with cross-play functionality right out of the box.

This move by Sony now means that the decision to support cross-platform...
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  • Lil BUB Comes to InstaKitty 3D

    Lil BUB Comes to InstaKitty 3D

    There is a cat, one that you may recognize. Her name is Lil BUB and she's kind of a big deal both online and off and now she's going to be in a game. LiL BUB is set to appear in InstaKitty 3D, which some have said is like a "mobile version of Nintendogs except with cats."
    Lil BUB and her best friend Mike Bridavsky, have teamed up with indie game developer and LucasArts veterans HappyGiant to create an incredibly realistic 3D virtual Lil Bub, for her fans to play, feed and care for. And when fans purchase the virtual Lil Bub or any of her custom items, they
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  • World of Tanks Blitz Update 2.6 Notes

    World of Tanks Blitz Update 2.6 Notes

    Update 2.6 for World of Tanks Blitz came out today.
    February 10, 2016
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  • Survive The Flame in the Flood with this 'Wilderness Tips' Video

    Survive The Flame in the Flood with this 'Wilderness Tips' Video

    A "rogue-lite" game is coming soon and it's called The Flame in the Flood. Yes, that said "lite" and not "like" there. The Flame in the Flood is set to be released on February 24 for the PC, Mac, and Xbox One.
    The Flame in the Flood is a rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten, post-societal America. Forage, craft, outwit predators and brave the rapids as you make your way down the procedurally generated river. Get lost in the fragile beauty of a forgotten world designed by veterans of both BioShock and BioShock Infinite, played to t
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  • Steal Muffins in ChubbyRoll, Just Released on Mobile

    Steal Muffins in ChubbyRoll, Just Released on Mobile

    A new game is out by Ahoy Games called CubbyRoll, that tasks you with bringing back a supply of muffins to your village. Yes, this is a mobile game that is available now on iOS and Android, how did you guess?
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  • Mad Catz Lays Off Almost 40% of Staff

    Mad Catz Lays Off Almost 40% of Staff

    Following yesterday's ominous Mad Catz news, comes today's bad news.

    Mad Catz has laid off 37% of its total work force. Naturally, the higher-ups are calling it a "restructuring plan" for the company. Karen McGinnis, the new President and CEO of Mad Catz issued the following remarks.
    The restructuring plan is "focused on lowering operating costs, increasing efficiencies and better aligning its workforce with the needs of the business," Mad Catz said. The plan is expected to be mostly completed by the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016,
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  • The Witcher 3 Mod Showcase by the ESL

    The Witcher 3 Mod Showcase by the ESL

    Joshua Gray and Hannah Noble from the ESL as they shine a light on a number of handpicked mods for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. All of the mods shown in the below video can be yours as well by finding them on The Witcher 3 Nexus mod site.

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  • Reserve Your Name in Black Desert Online

    Reserve Your Name in Black Desert Online

    Planning on picking up Black Desert Online when it releases later this year? Then you may want to go ahead and reserve your character names now if you pre-ordered. Also included in today's news is word about the second closed beta, which runs from February 18 at 8AM (UTC) until February 22 at 8AM (UTC).
    Daum Games opens name reservations for Black Desert Online to all pre-order holders today. Players can reserve their names starting 6:00 p.m. UTC by visiting the dedicated page and have until February 26 to place their pre-orders for one of three available
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  • Pro Player Saved by Dropped Bomb in CS:GO ESL Match

    Pro Player Saved by Dropped Bomb in CS:GO ESL Match

    In an ESL Pro League match between Astralis and Natus Vincere (Na`Vi), a player was saved by the most unlikely of objects: The bomb. Player dupreeh from team Astralis was essentially staring down the barrel of seized's AWP when his life was saved due to a falling bomb dropped by seized's teammate, flamie, blocking the shot.

    You can see the moment this happened in the below video. Feel free to skip ahead to the 27 second mark to cut straight to the moment of non-impact.

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  • Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition Released Today

    Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition Released Today

    Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition was released today to some rather good reviews.
    Key Features:
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  • Unravel Released Today

    Unravel Released Today

    EA and Coldwood Interactive have released Unravel today for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Unravel is a physics-based platformer where you control Yarny, a little character that is, as you might expect, made out of yarn.
    Yarny begins tethered to something important at the start of the game and goes on an adventure riddled with challenges, attempting to make it to the end without unraveling. Some challenges are simple, like using Yarny's thread to swing across a gap, or rappel down a tree. But others are more complex, and players will need to use Yarny's
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  • Amazon Releases Free Game Engine Lumberyard, Based on CryEngine

    Amazon Releases Free Game Engine Lumberyard, Based on CryEngine

    Yesterday, Amazon released a free game engine for the world to use. They're calling it Lumberyard and it's based off of CryEngine.
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