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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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  • Here Are the Games Available for the PlayStation Now Open Beta

    Here Are the Games Available for the PlayStation Now Open Beta

    At present, here is the list of games that are available for the PlayStation Now beta that is opening up to everybody today. They are presented in alphabetical order for easy reading.
    Adventure time: Dungeon because I don't know All Zombies must die Alone in the Dark: Inferno Alpha Protocol Anomaly Warzone Earth Back to the future- All Episodes Baseball Stars 2 Ben 10 Omniverse Ben 10: Omniverse 2 Big Sky Infinity Bionic Commando Rearmed Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 Blazblue: Calamity Trigger Blazblue: Continuum Shift Blazblue: Continuum Shift
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  • Gearbox Claims They Spent Millions of Its Own Money to Finish Aliens: Colonial Marines

    Aliens: Colonial Marines is the gift that just keeps on giving. This week, Gearbox's attorneys have filed requests to have the developer removed from four claims in a class-action lawsuit against itself and Sega over "false advertisement" for Colonial Marines. They filed another motion that looks to make the suit lose its status as a class-action lawsuit.

    The original class-action lawsuit against Gearbox and Sega was filed by Roger Damion Perrine and John Locke. They say that both Gearbox and Sega falsely advertised the game by showing demos at...
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  • VR Headset Designer True Player Gear Changes Name to vrvana

    VR Headset Designer True Player Gear Changes Name to vrvana

    True Player Gear announced tonight that they have changed the name of their company to vrvana (pronounced "ver-vana") to better reflect what they do as a company.
    "True Player Gear" is long-winded and we've heard pretty much every possible permutation of those words. It also caused some confusion at times: "Wait, you guys aren't making hip hop clothing!?". But most importantly, we felt it did not reflect our long term vision for the company, which is that VR should not be limited to gaming but also be open to simulations, education, medicine, architecture,
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  • PS Now Open Beta Begins Tomorrow - Sony "Working On" Subscription Model Option

    Sony just put up notice that they are still on track to kick off the open beta for PlayStation Now tomorrow, July 31. They promise to have over 100 games available for the beta with a number of different rental options for the games.

    During the PS Now Open Beta, PS4 users will see a diverse library of more than 100 titles to rent, with more added regularly. PS Now will offer a variety of rental periods depending on the game, including 7-days, 30-days or 90-days, as well as a short 4-hour duration, so players can sample the experience first.
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  • Bug Fixes and Beta Maps Get Fixed in Today's Team Fortress 2 Update (July 30, 2014)

    An update for Team Fortress 2 came out today. It features bug fixes for the game and some updates for the beta maps that are currently being tested for future release.

    Changelog for TF2 for July 30, 2014

    - Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date - Fixed projectiles causing teleporter exits to detonate - Fixed the Huntsman not firing after being charged in the air and landing on the ground while using cl_autoreload - Fixed teammates blocking the removal of sappers when using the Homewrecker, Maul, and Neon Annihilator - Fixed a bug wi
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  • PSA: Europeans Can Save Big During the PlayStation Network Summer Sale

    PSA: Europeans Can Save Big During the PlayStation Network Summer Sale

    Today marks the start of the Summer Sale for PlayStation owners in Europe. There are a ton of items that are and will be on sale for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita beginning today. New items will be rotated in every week from now until the end of August. There are also month long deals to go with the week long deals.

    Let's take a look at what is currently being offered. Remember that next week will introduce even more PlayStation 4 titles going on sale.
    PS4 offers, 30th July to 20th August:
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  • Raids in Destiny Will Not Support Random Player Matchmaking

    Raids in Destiny Will Not Support Random Player Matchmaking

    If you want to do a raid in the full version of Destiny, you better have five friends ready to go. Bungie said that there will be no matchmaking with random players when it comes to in-game raids.

    Bungie's Luke Smith explains to IGN just how extremely crafted these multi-hour raids are and why matchmaking would not benefit any person.
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  • GameSpot Hit with Layoffs

    GameSpot Hit with Layoffs

    Today, an undisclosed number of layoffs hit gaming news site, GameSpot. Reasons for the layoffs also were not given. Word of these layoffs began to circulating around Twitter just a short time ago today from those impacted by this move....
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  • Crytek Lays Off Employees from Austin Offices

    Crytek Lays Off Employees from Austin Offices

    Following the sale of Crytek UK and the Homefront IP to Deep Silver, Crytek revealed some major restructuring throughout a few of their other studios. Hardest hit are the remains of Crytek UK and Crytek Austin.

    Crytek UK might not be that doomed as Deep Silver is looking to acquire staff for their new studio, Deep Silver Dambuster Studios. The good news here is that most of those that were at Crytek UK are making the move to the Deep Silver studio to continue work on Homefront: The Revolution. The actual number of people making the move has not...
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  • Sony Doesn't Feel EA Access Provides a "Good Value to the PlayStation Gamer"

    Sony Doesn't Feel EA Access Provides a "Good Value to the PlayStation Gamer"

    "Why is EA Access only on the Xbox platform," seems to be the question of the week for many gamers. If nothing else, surely it would also be on the PlayStation platform as well, right?

    Unfortunately, Sony feels as though EA's subscription based service doesn't add a "good value" for PlayStation gamers out there. A Sony representative provided the following statement to Game Informer.
    "We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect. PlayStation
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  • Deep Silver Buys Homefront IP from Crytek

    Deep Silver Buys Homefront IP from Crytek

    In a move that should help Crytek out financially for the short term, they have sold the Homefront IP to Koch Media, the parent company of Deep Silver. This sale will see Crytek UK turn into Deep Silver Dambuster Studios. It should also hopefully mean that those still left at the former Crytek UK will finally start to get paid again.

    Koch has stated that development on Homefront: The Revolution will continue at Deep Silver Dambuster Studios. Hasit Zala had left Crytek UK a few weeks ago as the former Director of the game, is heading up the new...
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