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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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  • Twitch to Offer Free Music and a Platform to Perform Your Original Songs

    Twitch to Offer Free Music and a Platform to Perform Your Original Songs

    Tired of Twitch flagging all of your previous streams because you were listening to music? Don't worry about that any more because Twitch has introduced over 500 royalty-free tracks that you can use in live and archived videos. This simply means that your videos will not get flagged by the Twitch audio recognition system when you listen to these royalty-free songs.
    "Our community has been vocal about the importance of music for their broadcasts and their love of music in general," said Colin Carrier, Chief Strategy Officer, Twitch. "By working with both
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  • Lake Shoji Track Gameplay Video for Driveclub

    Lake Shoji Track Gameplay Video for Driveclub

    We already saw the Nakasendo track coming later this month for Driveclub, now take a look at the second track based on the Japan setting, Lake Shoji.


    The above video also shows off the Enzo Ferrari, which is also coming later this month as part of the Apex Expansion Pack. The five tracks based in Japan will be free to all Driveclub owners....
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  • New Info and Screens for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sins

    New Info and Screens for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sins

    Dark Souls 2: The Scholar of the First Sins release is slated to arrive on April 7, 2015. Bandai Namco released some new screenshots from that release, along with information about a patch that will hit on February 5 for existing versions of the game.
    Brand new NPC
    The Scholar of the First Sin character appears throughout the game and will reveal a new path through the Dark Souls II universe. What will this mysterious new character reveal to players?

    Expanded item descriptions Many items contain expanded descriptions to help deepe
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  • Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition Announced for Consoles

    Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition Announced for Consoles

    505 Games and Rebellion announced that there will be an "Ultimate Edition" coming out for Sniper Elite 3 for the PS3, PS4, 360, and XB1. This package will include the base game and all additional DLC in one package deal. It's slated to be released on March 10, 2015.

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  • Xbox One to Again be "On Sale" for a "Special" Price of $349 Starting Tomorrow

    Microsoft likes what they saw during the holidays because they're offering another "special" price for the Xbox One starting tomorrow. Beginning January 16, you can pick up the Xbox One for $349 (USD). This follows roughly a week of the console being at the "normal" retail price of $399 following the holiday sales.
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  • H1Z1 is Now Available on Steam Early Access

    H1Z1 is Now Available on Steam Early Access

    H1Z1, the latest open world survival game to hit the scene from Sony Online Entertainment, has entered into Steam Early Access today. The game will eventually be free-to-play but for right now, the only way you can play the Early Access release is to pay.

    How much will you have to pay? At least $20 for the basic package. If you want some more goodies, that price jumps up to $40.


    Set in a post-apocalyptic world, H1Z1 is a zombie survival MMO where players must use their wits and skills, as well as strategically align
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Released - January 15, 2015

    Team Fortress 2 Update Released - January 15, 2015

    A small update was released tonight for Team Fortress 2.

    Changelog for TF2 for January 15, 2015

    - Added the TF Tomb contest winners and runners-up to the Mann Co. Store - Fixed AE_CL_BODYGROUP_SET_VALUE animation events not working properly -- Fixes the Demoman's sticky note not drawing, Soldier's rocket reload missing the rocket, etc. - Fixed an exploit related to the Sniper's scope HUD panel - Fixed being able to pick-up buildings while reloading the Panic Attack - Fixed the Medic not being able to deploy a Quick-Fix/Vaccinator charge while
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  • Nightline Investigates Gamergate and Online Harassment

    Nightline Investigates Gamergate and Online Harassment

    Last night, ABC's Nightline aired interviews with Anita Sarkeesian, Brianna Wu, Tim Schafer, and others in a segment they called, "What It Feels Like to be a Gamergate Target."

    The segment, seen here (or here in a text-based format) does also include some discussion of how women are portrayed in a number of games. Beyond that, the segment largely focuses on harassment of women who play games and the growing market of women who play and purchase games. Tim Schafer weighs in on how the industry has been and continues to change. ...
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  • Naughty Dog Tempers Expectations on 60FPS for Uncharted 4

    Naughty Dog Tempers Expectations on 60FPS for Uncharted 4

    Naughty Dog is telling fans not to get their hopes up for Uncharted 4 to run at 60fps, especially if it "compromises the player's experience." In speaking with Edge, Uncharted 4's director, Bruce Straley, explains why 60fps might not make it into the game.
    "We're actually above 30, but we locked it [for the demo], Straley explained. "We're going to do whatever it takes to make the game we want to make. If it means we could go for 60 but lose something that would really impact the player's experience, then it's our choice as developers to say, 'Well, we're
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  • Unsurprisingly Hotline Miami 2 was Refused Classification in Australia

    Unsurprisingly Hotline Miami 2 was Refused Classification in Australia

    The land down under claims another victim this week. Hotline Miami 2 is the latest game added to the lengthy list of games that have been refused classification in the country.
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  • New 3DS XL Dated for February 13 in North America and Europe

    New 3DS XL Dated for February 13 in North America and Europe

    Earlier today, Reggie Fils-Aime announced that the "New 3DS XL" will be released on February 13 in North America and Europe for $199.99 (USD). It will be released in red and black versions, or as a bundle with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and a special Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate branded New 3DS XL, or a gold Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask New 3DS XL. With the Zelda model, the phrasing on the announcement makes it sound like the game itself will be sold separate from the Zelda branded console. That's weird. Even more strange is the fact that the system will ...
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