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Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
 

900 People Laid Off Across Multiple PlayStation Studios

Multiple studios across all SIE regions impacted.

Sony just laid off about 900 people across multiple PlayStation studios around the world. These 900 or so laid off employees account for roughly 8% of the total workforce for Sony Interactive Entertainment.

President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, announced the layoffs to the public today. The public statement came after an email was sent to all employees informing them of the layoffs. From Ryan's...
 

Xbox Confirms PlayStation 5 Releases, Diablo 4 on Game Pass, and Future Hardware Plans

No, Starfield and Indiana Jones are not going multi-platform any time soon.

The heads of Xbox stayed true to their word and were indeed a part of a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast. During today's pre-recorded podcast and subsequent blog post, head of Xbox Phil Spencer stated that four Xbox exclusives are going to be multi-platform releases. Is it Starfield? Indiana Jones? Gears of War? Halo?! No, no, no, and no. Though Spencer did not specify what those four titles ...
 

Embracer Lays Off 97 Employees from Eidos; Cancels New Deus Ex

Embracer's rampage continues.

Eidos-Montreal, a development studio currently under the Embracer umbrella, made the sad announcement that employees at the studio were being laid off. Eidos took to social media to confirm that 97 people have been let go "from development teams, administration, and support services".

The studio says that "global economic context, the challenges of our industry, and the comprehensive restructuring announced by Embracer have...
 

Microsoft Lays Off 1,900 People from Gaming Divisions

Impacted teams include Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

Layoffs are happening again within Microsoft as roughly 1,900 employees are being let go. The initial report comes from an IGN report that says the layoffs hit Microsoft owned Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

Xbox lead Phil Spencer sent out a memo to staff which announced these layoffs. In the memo, Spencer says that as Microsoft is "committed to aligning on a strategy and an execution plan with...
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  • Valve Announces Subscription Service Dota Plus "An Evolution of the Majors Battle Pass"

    Earlier today, Valve announced Dota Plus, a new monthly subscription service for Dota 2 that is "designed to help you get the most out of every match you play." They're also calling it an "evolution of the Battle Pass" that Valve tends to put out for events like The International or the Majors. The difference now is that the Pro Circuit meant that the Majors Battle Passes are being replaced with this Dota Plus service. It won't rely on a specific start and end date and it's something t...
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  • PUBG Anti-Cheat Update Rolled Back Due to Compatibility Issues

    PUBG Anti-Cheat Update Rolled Back Due to Compatibility Issues

    A recent update for Playerunknown's Battlegrounds was rolled back this morning at 3AM due to a few unforeseen issues. Specifically, the update was rolled back due to "some compatibility issues" that came up.

    According to the tweet, the team said that the update was for the game's anti-cheat. They note that "despite its effectiveness in blocking cheats," they made the decision to roll back the update on the live servers....
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  • FBI Alerted to EVO 2018 Mass Shooting Threat

    FBI Alerted to EVO 2018 Mass Shooting Threat

    A Twitch viewer caused a fair bit of panic today after they threatened a mass shooting at this year's Evolution Championship Series (EVO). The Twitch user called "quackquackhonks" apparently made the threat earlier today in another user's stream chat.


    Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar was quick to issue a statement about the threat. The head of EVO stated that he has already informed the FBI via their tips website. He says he has also notified Twitch.
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  • Roadmap for Next Two Months of Warhammer: Vermintide 2

    Roadmap for Next Two Months of Warhammer: Vermintide 2

    PUBG isn't the only game to release a roadmap this week. Today, the first roadmap for the next couple of months of Warhammer: Vermintide 2 was revealed. Given that the game was just released, it's nice to see that new content and additional support is already planned. Obviously, all of this is in addition to whatever patches and fixes that may be released. Right now the first DLC, which includes two new maps, will be out in April. Mod support and dedicated servers are planned for between...
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  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance Patch 1.3 Released, Promises Over 300 Quest Fixes

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance Patch 1.3 Released, Promises Over 300 Quest Fixes

    The 1.3 patch for Kingdom Come: Deliverance has finally arrived and should, at least according to the patch notes, provide over 300 quest fixes. These fixes are in addition to some much needed quality of life improvements to the game.

    Perhaps the most important update today is a new save and exit option. Those who are unwilling or unable to use the unlimited save mod can now save and quit the game without having to find a bed or drink an alcoholic beverage. Picking locks...
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  • This is the Violent Video Game Reel Trump was Shown at White House

    This is the Violent Video Game Reel Trump was Shown at White House

    Last week it was revealed that Donald Trump and select members of the game industry would meet to talk about how violent video games are corrupting the nation's youth. Today, that meeting took place. In addition to Trump, others in attendance included Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Representative Vicky Hartzier (R-Missouri), and Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama). Those from the gaming industry in attendance were Strauss Zelnick (Take-Two), Brent Bozell (Rockstar Games), Lt. Col. Da...
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  • H1Z1 Goes Free to Play on Steam

    H1Z1 Goes Free to Play on Steam

    H1Z1 is now available as a free-to-play title on Steam. This comes about a week after the game was released out of Steam Early Access.

    Those who paid money for the game will be given a free "Appreciation Pack."
    • Gasrunner Hoodie
    • Bloom Survivor T-Shirt
    • Splinter Camo ARV
    • 10 Victory Crates
    • 10,000 Skulls

    There will also be various bundles for the free-to-play crowd. You know, in case you want to spend money. ...
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  • The Division 2 Announced Today

    The Division 2 Announced Today

    Ubisoft and Massive announced Tom Clancy's The Division 2 today. The game will be mainly worked on by Massive Entertainment with help from Ubisoft Annecy, Restorm, Reflections, Ubisoft Bucharest, and Ubisoft Shanghai.

    It will be based on an updated version of the Snowdrop Engine. The first solid look at it will take place at E3 2018 this June. Creative director Julian Gerighty shared this announcement with the world today.
    Since the launch of The Division two years
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  • Newsbits for March 8, 2018 - Nintendo Direct Edition

    Newsbits for March 8, 2018 - Nintendo Direct Edition

    A Nintendo Direct just happened today. Let's look at some of the news that came out of it.

    Okami HD is coming this Summer to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch specific features of this classic includes touchscreen painting plus motion-control painting.

    Dark Souls: Remastered will have a network test on the Switch. This test will also be on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and will take place "soon." • Oh, there's also going to be a special Solaire of ...
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  • Batman Games Added to Origin Access

    Batman Games Added to Origin Access

    You can play a couple different Batman franchises right now if you subscribe to Origin Access. Earlier today, WBIE and EA partnered up to bring these titles and more to the service.
    Available now:
    • Batman™: Arkham Asylum
    • Batman™: Arkham City
    • Batman™: Arkham Origins
    • LEGO® Batman
    • LEGO® Batman 2
    • LEGO® Batman 3

    Coming soon: • The Witness • Out of the Park Ba
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  • PUBG 2018 Roadmap Revealed - Includes Emotes, Weapon Skins, New Maps, New Game Modes, Animation Overhaul, and More

    PLAYERUNKNOWN from Playerunknown's Battlegrounds fame, just posted the 2018 PUBG roadmap on what new features players can expect throughout the rest of the year. Some of the new updates include a visual overhaul to some assets, the addition of emotes, a new "4x4km" map, an experimental test server, new vehicles, new game modes, and more. I'm sure that each and every single one of these changes will make the PUBG community 100% satisfied. The current plan is to have a major content rel...
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  • The Sims Mobile Released Globally Today

    The Sims Mobile Released Globally Today

    EA and Maxis announced today that The Sims Mobile is now available around the world for mobile devices. The game is free to download but does include a variety of in-app purchases. You can create and live out your second life on the go for either iOS devices or Android devices.
    The Sims Mobile brings players oodles of opportunities for freedom of expression as they guide the stories of their Sims’ lives through career choice, hobbies, relationships, and more. Players can explore
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  • 25 Minutes of State of Decay 2 Co-op Gameplay

    25 Minutes of State of Decay 2 Co-op Gameplay

    As part of this month's "IGN First" we get a lengthy look at the four-player co-op gameplay coming with State of Decay 2. This new footage also goes alongside yesterday's announcement that State of Decay 2 will be out on May 22 for the Xbox One and Windows 10....
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  • Nintendo Direct Announced for March 8

    Nintendo Direct Announced for March 8

    Nintendo announced via Twitter that they will show off some new Nintendo Switch and 3DS titles in a new Nintendo Direct on March 8, 2018.

    According to their announcement, the Direct will be at 5PM (ET) and include some new details on Mario Tennis Aces. This entire Direct will be about 30 minutes, so there will undoubtedly be more than just one game shown off....
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  • Next Call of Duty Seems to be Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

    Next Call of Duty Seems to be Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII

    It started as a rumor earlier tonight but some anonymous sources close to Kotaku have confirmed that the next Call of Duty title will be Call of Duty: Black Ops IV. Sorry, wait a second.

    I meant to say that the next Call of Duty title looks to be Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII. The tally marks, Mason, what do they mean?! If you're reading this and suddenly feel dumber, how do you think I felt having to write it out? That's right, to hell with conventional roman numerals! T...
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  • Poll: What is 2024's Biggest Gaming Disappointment So Far?
    by Shawn Zipay
    It's AAAA vs WB.

    March isn't even over yet and we've already seen a couple of stinkers come out from major gaming studios. While we tend to focus on the surprise hits or quality titles in these polls, this time it's a little bit different.

    Between the Rocksteady developed live-service Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and the "AAAA" quality Ubisoft developed Skull and Bones: Which is the bigger disappointment for you?

    Playing these games isn't...
    Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
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    03-12-2024, 11:07 AM
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