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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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  • Battlefield 4 Spring Update Coming May 26

    Battlefield 4 Spring Update Coming May 26

    On Tuesday, May 26 the Spring Update for Battlefield 4 will be released on all platforms. This will go hand in hand with about an hour of downtime starting at 1 AM (PT). Here is how the rolling update will be deployed across all platforms.
    • PC: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 08.00 UTC / 1.00 AM PDT.
    • Xbox One: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 09.00 UTC / 2.00 AM PDT.
    • Xbox 360: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 10.00 UTC / 3.00 AM PDT.
    • PS4: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 11.00 UTC / 4.00 AM PDT.
    • PS3:
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  • Dota 2 International Qualifiers Begin Next Week

    Dota 2 International Qualifiers Begin Next Week

    Qualifiers for The International Dota 2 Championship begin next week on Monday the 25th. The qualifiers for the Americas begin at 17:00 (GMT). The qualifier for China begins at 2:00 (GMT).
    Then, tune in on Friday the 29th for the Europe and Southeast Asia qualifiers. The Europe qualifier gets going at 10:00 GMT, while the Southeast Asia qualifier commences at 02:00 GMT.

    Head to The International invites site to see which teams are competing in each qualifier, then make your predictions in your Compendium. The winners of each qualifier w
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  • Valve is Holding a Dota 2 Short Film Contest where Winners Receive $20,000

    Valve is Holding a Dota 2 Short Film Contest where Winners Receive $20,000

    Valve announced that they are kicking off a Dota 2 Short Film Contest where each winner will earn $20,000 (USD). There are two ways that you can participate in the action. You can either be a creator and create an original work for the contest or you can be a voter and help to select the winners. If you want to enter into the contest, simply head on over to the Dota 2 Short Film Contest guidelines' site. Here, you will see what you need to include in your film in order for it to be eligible. If you simply want to see the entries and cast your vote for your f...
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  • Overwatch - Hanzo the Assassin Gameplay Trailer

    Overwatch - Hanzo the Assassin Gameplay Trailer

    Blizzard released another gameplay trailer today for Overwatch.
    Mastering his skills as a bowman and an assassin, Hanzo Shimada strives to prove himself as a warrior without peer. The Shimada family was established centuries ago, a clan of assassins whose power grew over the years, enabling them to build a vast criminal empire that profited from lucrative trade in arms and illegal substances. As the eldest son of the family's head, Hanzo was bound by duty to succeed his father and rule the Shimada empire. From a young age, he was trained for that responsibil
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  • Total War: Arena Gameplay Trailer

    Total War: Arena Gameplay Trailer

    A new gameplay trailer for the alpha version of Total War: Arena came out today.
    Today sees the release of the first gameplay trailer for Total War: Arena, showing exclusive Alpha footage of this energetic and exciting new entry to the award-winning series. Total War: Arena is a free-to-play, team-based strategy game, putting players in the middle of epic-scale battles. Using key elements of award-winning Total War design, it is made from the ground-up for multiplayer realtime strategy fans, with players going head-to-head in 10v10 battles.
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  • New F1 2015 Teaser and Release Date

    New F1 2015 Teaser and Release Date

    There is a brand new teaser trailer today for F1 2015. Along with this hot new media comes word that the game has been pushed back to a July 10, 2015 release date on the PS4, XB1, and PC...
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  • Valve is Working on Broken CS:GO Hitboxes

    Valve is Working on Broken CS:GO Hitboxes

    If you've played Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at all, you may have come across more than a few issues where your shots simply weren't registering, even if you were point blank with your gun.

    You know, something a little like this:...
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  • Takedown: Red Sabre Developer Serellan Teasing New Tactical Shooter - Epsilon

    Serellan, the studio behind Takedown: Red Sabre is busy teasing a reveal for their new game. At present, some early concept art for the game makes it seem like they're tackling the tactical shooter genre again with something called Epsilon.


    Right now, the Epsilon website has a countdown for about a week from the time of this posting. It might be something to keep an eye on if you haven't been too enthused by recent offerings in the "tactical shooter" genre.

    Thanks to K-16 for letting me know about this....
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  • Techland Puts Hellraid on Indefinite Hold

    Techland Puts Hellraid on Indefinite Hold

    Techland officially announced today that their fantasy styled game, Hellraid, has been put on hold. Development of the game has come to a stop while the team goes back to the drawing board to meet their own expectations.
    Dear Hellraid fans, We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold. In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in its current shape and form,
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  • PlayStation E3 Experience Returns June 15

    PlayStation E3 Experience Returns June 15

    Last year, Sony held the PlayStation E3 Experience. Sony fans gathered in theaters all over the United States to watch the Sony conference live on a big theater screen and were even treated to some bonus content that wasn't made public. The PlayStation E3 Experience is back for 2015 and will be held on June 15.

    Geoff Keighley is acting as both the host and the producer for this year's event. He even took the time to write up a small blog entry on the PlayStation site to give you some of the details on the event.
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  • Arizona Sunshine Announced for SteamVR

    Arizona Sunshine Announced for SteamVR

    The first zombie apocalypse game for SteamVR was announced today. It's called Arizona Sunshine and it's being developed by Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive.


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