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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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  • Surviving Mars Announced for PS4, XB1, and PC

    Surviving Mars Announced for PS4, XB1, and PC

    In 2018, you will have to survive Mars in Surviving Mars. Why yes, I am the master of intros, why do you ask?

    Paradox Interactive is working on a new settlement building game that takes place on the Red Planet. Gather resources, financial support, build up domes and other infrastructure, make farms, and more. Really, just try to keep your colonists alive in the harsh environment.
    Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location
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  • Tom Brady Named Madden NFL 18 Cover Athlete

    Tom Brady Named Madden NFL 18 Cover Athlete

    With at least four Super Bowl wins and at least one Deflategate controversy under his belt, Tom Brady has been named the cover athlete for Madden NFL 18. This year's game marks a couple of firsts. It's the first time in the franchise's history that teammates graced the cover in back to back years. It's also the first time that the franchise will make use of the Frostbite engine.

    You can find a teaser trailer below the press release info.
    The Madden NFL cover was one
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  • Launch Trailer for The Surge

    Launch Trailer for The Surge

    It's Dark Souls meets sci-fi robots in The Surge. On May 16, the release of The Surge hits the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC from Deck 13 (Lords of the Fallen, Jack Keane) and Focus Home Interactive.
    Prepare for The Surge’s brutal combat and dystopian setting with the action-packed launch trailer. There’s just one weekend left before hardcore action-RPG The Surge releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 16. Battle through a world gone mad as Warren on his first day
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  • A Shift in Focus for TGN News and Features

    A Shift in Focus for TGN News and Features

    Hey everyone! Wow, it's been a while since we last had an announcement here, so I thought it was high time I change that.

    As I mentioned in a brief blog post the other day, I will be phasing out the amount of daily news posted at Total Gaming Network. I will not be phasing it out completely. However, I would rather my time be spent more on the creation of original content such as reviews, previews of upcoming games, and perhaps more long-form content. I've been thinking ab...
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  • Square Enix Wants to Sell Off Hitman Developer IO Interactive

    Square Enix Wants to Sell Off Hitman Developer IO Interactive

    The latest financial report from Square Enix says that they saw "extraordinary financial loss in the financial results for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017." As a result, the company is looking to pull their business from IO Interactive (PDF), the development studio behind the Hitman games, most notable the 2016 release of the stellar but under-performing Hitman episodes.
    To maximize player satisfaction as well as market potential going forward, we are focusing our resources and
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  • Mass Effect Franchise Put on Ice

    Mass Effect Franchise Put on Ice

    Following yesterday's earning's call with investors, EA and BioWare have moved to put the Mass Effect franchise on ice for the time being. Kotaku heard from people "familiar with the studio" that the franchise is on hiatus and the studio responsible for Mass Effect Andromeda, BioWare Montreal, is now a support studio. In addition to this, an undisclosed number of BioWare Montreal employees were moved to EA Motive (also in Montreal) last month. Those still at BioWare Montreal are tasked ...
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  • ELEAGUE Hosting $250,000 Match Between Astralis and Virtus.pro

    ELEAGUE Hosting $250,000 Match Between Astralis and Virtus.pro

    ELEAGUE will host a special winner-take-all $250,00 match between ELEAGUE Major finalists Astralis and Virtus.pro. This matchup will air Thursday, June 16 at 10PM (PT) on TBS.

    Those who don't get TBS can watch on Twitch, YouTube, or even the ELEAGUE Live Game Command.
    Clash for Cash: The Rematch – a blockbuster show match unprecedented in CS:GO history – will offer Virtus.pro a best-of-three chance at revenge after their runner up finish in January’s ELEAGUE Major
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  • New Need for Speed Confirmed for 2017

    New Need for Speed Confirmed for 2017

    Ghost Games and EA confirmed today that a new Need for Speed game is indeed coming out later this year. The details are sparse but they say that the game will "build upon the core gameplay brand pillars we established with the 2015 reboot. Think customization, think cops and a new drivable world, both on the tarmac and on dirt."
    Customization, we love it, you love it, everyone loves it. What’s not to love? Rest assured that we’re committed to customization having a home within
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  • Everything You Need to Know About Injustice 2

    Everything You Need to Know About Injustice 2

    WBIE put together a lovely new "Everything You Need to Know" trailer for Injustice 2. If the only thing you know about the game is that it's a fighting game and Superman is in it, this video is for you.
    The video gives players a closer look at the game’s Story Mode and the variety of Super Hero and Super-Villain alliances at play, including factions led by the Dark Knight, Gorilla Grodd, and others, along with wild card characters like Supergirl and Swamp Thing. Players wil
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  • Big Bud Pack DLC Available Now in Farming Simulator 17

    Big Bud Pack DLC Available Now in Farming Simulator 17

    The Big Bud Pack DLC is now available for Farming Simulator 17. No, this DLC isn't about beer, it's about Big Bud tractors. Yippie!
    Gear up with 2 monster Big Bud tractors and 12 new pieces of equipment from iconic brands including Bednar, Great Plains, Grégoire-Besson, Seed Hawk and many others.

    Key Features • The Big Bud 747 tractor and its smaller brother, the Big Bud 450 • 12 dedicated pieces of equipment to work your fields, with a working width up to
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  • Double GTA$ and RP in GTA Online Heists this Week

    Double GTA$ and RP in GTA Online Heists this Week

    This week Rockstar is offering up double GTA$ and RP payouts for the GTA Online heists. From now until May 15, you can earn double the rewards from completing heists. Of course, there are other benefits, so read on!
    Get doubly rewarded this week for taking down the lucrative scores from GTA Online: Heists, as all five of these multi-tiered cooperative missions will be dishing out twice as much GTA$ and RP from May 9th - 15th. For those yet to tackle Heists in GTA Online, here’s a
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  • Top Five Must-Have Assassin's Creed Themed Gifts

    Top Five Must-Have Assassin's Creed Themed Gifts

    Do you happen to know a fan of the popular Assassin’s Creed video game? Do they have a birthday or special event coming up where you need to purchase a gift for them? Maybe you're just looking to earn some brownie points in their eyes. Whatever the reason may be, we've got you covered with a variety of must-have Assassin's Creed gifts.

    Get Your Fill Daily

    There's no better way to get your daily dose of Assassin's Creed than with the Assassin's Creed 2017 calendar. This is a fun way...
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  • Outlast 2 Update Balances Gameplay Difficulty

    Outlast 2 Update Balances Gameplay Difficulty

    If you are playing through Outlast 2 on normal difficulty and are finding it to be a bit too difficult, you should probably check out the latest patch for the game. The patch, available today on PC and soon on consoles, "introduces some minor adjustments to the difficulty in key spots."

    Changelog for Outlast 2 for May 5, 2017
    • Global rebalancing of the game difficulty. • Microphone no longer uses extra batteries. • Increased the size of subtitles. • Fixed an
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  • Starbreeze to Host Special Stream Showcase on May 10

    Starbreeze to Host Special Stream Showcase on May 10

    Starbreeze will host a special live stream of upcoming games on May 10. They're calling it Starstream and will bring some attention to games like Overkill's The Walking Dead, Payday 2, Psychonauts 2, and more.
    Come one come all! Starbreeze invites you to an exclusive live-streamed event on Twitch.tv May 10 starting 9am PST /12pm EST/ 6pm CEST featuring first looks and previews, in depth interviews and fun for the whole community on a number of Starbreeze projects including: OV
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  • R2-D2 Added to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

    R2-D2 Added to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

    Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes just added R2-D2 to the game today. You do have a limited time to unlock him in the game, so be sure to do so before the event ends on May 11.
    R2-D2 has arrived in Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes™! This resourceful astromech droid provides a plethora of buffs to his allies in battle, while also stunning and burning his enemies with his Electroshock Prod and Improvise abilities. When an enemy is burning, they are unable to evade future attacks. To unlo
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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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    Skull and Bones
    100.00%
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    03-12-2024, 11:07 AM
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