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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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  • LawBreakers is the Actual Name of Cliff Bleszinski's New Game

    LawBreakers is the Actual Name of Cliff Bleszinski's New Game

    Forget Project Bluestreak. Forget The Shattering. No, the real name of Cliff Bleskinski and Boss Key Productions' game is called LawBreakers. Today, the full reveal trailer and first details for the game were released.
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  • YouTube Gaming Launches on Wednesday

    YouTube Gaming Launches on Wednesday

    Tomorrow (Wednesday), YouTube Gaming will officially launch to the public. You will be able to head to the YouTube Gaming site (or check out the YouTube Gaming app on your mobile device) and begin streaming to your friends and strangers alike. YouTube Gaming will allow everyone to see what games are being streamed and who is streaming. YouTube claims that it will be the "go-to destination for anything and everything gaming." Along with tomorrow's public launch, a beta launch of the service's new live streaming dashboard will also take place. This dashb...
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  • Get Your First Taste of Nolan North as the Ghost in New Destiny: The Taken King Dreadnaught Teaser

    Bungie released a new teaser today for Destiny: The Taken King. In this short clip, you can get your first taste of Nolan North serving as the voice of your Ghost companion. North is fully replacing Peter Dinklage as the voice, even going so far as to redo every line from the base game.


    More from this teaser will be revealed on Wednesday, August 26 at 11AM (PT) on Bungie's Twitch channel....
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  • Kojima's Final Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Trailer

    Kojima's Final Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Trailer

    Today, Hideo Kojima released the launch trailer, and presumably final pre-release trailer, for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. This is also the final Metal Gear franchise trailer that he will ever put together.

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a Hideo Kojima game, will be released on September 1, 2015.

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  • Latest NBA 2K16 Trailer Invokes Charlie Sheen Circa 2011

    Latest NBA 2K16 Trailer Invokes Charlie Sheen Circa 2011

    The latest trailer for NBA 2K16 is called #Winning. I kid you not.
    We're just a few ...
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  • This is a Mad Max TV Commercial

    This is a Mad Max TV Commercial

    What follows is a 30 second TV spot for the upcoming Mad Max game. I don't really think I need to explain anything beyond that, except for the fact that Mad Max will be out on September 1, 2015.
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  • Barkley 2 Teaser is Mostly Slam, Not Much Jam

    Barkley 2 Teaser is Mostly Slam, Not Much Jam

    If you haven't played, or even know about, Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, then I feel really bad for you. It's a masterpiece. There's simply no other way to describe an RPG of its caliber.

    At long last, a new teaser for the sequel to the 2008 hit has finally been revealed. Here is the latest trailer for Barkley 2: Revenge of Cuchulainn.
    The year is 666X. A powerful youngster, wise beyond his years, awakens from a B-Ball induced coma aboard the mysterious dwarf space ziggurat Necron 7, held captive by the Malevolent A.I. Cuchulainn. With
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  • Konami Denies Statements from GameSpot that say MGS 5: The Phantom Pain Multiplayer is Locked Behind a Paywall

    Yesterday, GameSpot put out an article that said Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain's forward operating base (FOB) multiplayer, was locked behind a paywall. Gamespot said that in order to even play FOB, players had to first purchase an in-game currency, MB Coins, using real world money.

    Today, Konami issued a statement to PC Gamer that flat out said that was a complete load of BS.
    "Gamespot posted an article following the review that the PVP (FOB) mode in MGSV TPP will be restricted behind a micro-transaction paywall and that is simply not true.
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  • Free PlayStation Plus Games for September 2015 - Grow Home, La Mulana EX, and More

    The games going out to all PlayStation Plus subscribers for September 2015 were revealed today by Sony. The games include four offerings for the PS4, three for the PS3, and three for the Vita.
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  • Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Beta Extended an Extra Day

    Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Beta Extended an Extra Day

    Treyarch just announced that they have extended the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer beta an extra day on the PlayStation 4.

    This moves the end of the beta from tonight until tomorrow (Monday) at 10PM (PT). Treyarch also notes that the lag everyone is currently experiencing may go away once they're done deploying updated servers.
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  • Boston Police Foil Planned Violence Against Attendees at the Pokemon World Championship

    The Boston Police Department (BPD) arrested two suspects this past week that were allegedly planning a violent rampage during the Pokemon World Championship.


    On August 20, the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) received word from the private sector public safety team at the Hynes Convention Center that two people were making violent threats on social media outlets against attendees at the Pokemon World Championship.
    Security officers at the Hynes, officers in District D-4, and the BRIC immediately began investigation into these
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