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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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  • Open Beta Weekend for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is Underway

    Open Beta Weekend for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is Underway

    From now until Sunday, December 15, you can hop into the open beta for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition.
    The beta will be available to all gamers with Xbox Live accounts, while those without it will be able to get in on the action for a 7-day trial period. As an added bonus to non-Gold account holders who may have already expended their 7-day trial period, the trial will reset, giving gamers an additional 7 days of playing time. Further rewards will also be available to new and returning players for a limited time during the beta. All players who log in
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  • Wasteland 2 Added to Steam Early Access

    Wasteland 2 Added to Steam Early Access

    If you helped to fund Wasteland 2 through Kickstarter, you're probably already enjoying the hell out of the game. If you didn't back the game, you can pick up Wasteland 2 right now on Steam's Early Access platform for $59.99 (USD).

    If you buy it now while it's listed as Early Access, you will also get a copy of the original Wasteland, two digital novels set in the Wasteland universe, the Wasteland 2 OST, and a digital concept art book.
    Welcome back to the Citadel, Rangers! Join the over 70,000 Kickstarter backers and interact with the development
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  • Oculus Rift Raises $75 Million in Funding

    Oculus Rift Raises $75 Million in Funding

    Oculus is one step closer to bringing affordable Oculus Rift VR headsets to the masses as word spread earlier today that the company has raised $75 million in additional funding.

    This is in addition to the $16 million funding from around June. The funding comes from a variety of investors including Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, and more. This funding is based on a valuation of the company and product at near $250 million.
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  • Amnesia Developers Release a New SOMA Video - Upsilon

    Amnesia Developers Release a New SOMA Video - Upsilon

    The latest trailer for the upcoming horror title from Frictional Games, SOMA, shows off some of the very dark corridors you will be running through as you try to survive.


    You can find out even more on the game at the official website for SOMA. It's slated for release on the PC and PlayStation 4 in 2015....
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  • PSA: Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics are Free at GOG for Two Days

    PSA: Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics are Free at GOG for Two Days

    You have all day tomorrow and the rest of the day today to pick up Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for FREE from GOG.com!

    There are no strings attached with this. All you need to do is have an account at GOG.com and then hit up their special promo page for this deal, and proceed to checkout. The site and checkout are being hammered at the moment, so you may need to try a few times to get your games.
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  • Japan Getting a Special Edition Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes with Diamond Dogs Track Jacket

    If you're willing to pay the equivalent of $175 (USD) for a Japanese import of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, you too can own a sweet looking Diamond Dogs track jacket from Puma.


    You can check out the product page for it at the Japanese Konami storefront. They're also offering up a special edition watch with the Militaires Sans Frontieres logo and a posable Big Boss figurine....
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Released for iOS

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Released for iOS

    As promised, Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for iOS devices (iPhone 4s/5/5s/5c, iPod Touch 5th gen, iPad 2/3/4th gen/Air/Mini/Mini with Retina Display). It's being offered for $6.99 (USD).


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  • New Humble Weekly Bundle Includes Games from ACE Team, Atlus, and Tripwire

    New Humble Weekly Bundle Includes Games from ACE Team, Atlus, and Tripwire

    The latest Humble Weekly Sale just went live and includes games from ACE Team, ATLUS Games, and Tripwire Interactive. Again, simply pay what you want for up to six games (at present) while benefiting either charity, the developers, or as a tip for the Humble crew.
    The Humble Weekly Sale features a new deal every Thursday. Be sure to jump on this amazing offer before it's gone! This week, pay what you want for Zeno Clash, Zeno Clash 2, Killing Floor and Dwarfs!?! If you pay $6 or more, you'll also receive Rock of Ages and Rising Storm!
    All games will ...
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  • Wraith-Night Holiday Event Coming to Dota 2 on December 12

    Wraith-Night Holiday Event Coming to Dota 2 on December 12

    Tomorrow, December 12, Valve will kick off the Wraith-Night holiday event for Dota 2!
    THE LONGEST NIGHT Skeleton King is crumbling to dust after too many resurrections. He has staked his hopes on a ritual that can be performed but once in a millennium. On the solstice known as Wraith-Night, auroral powers charge the earth with an eerie glow. Imbued with Wraith Essence, monsters grow in power but heroes gain new strength. You alone can harvest the energy needed to prepare the King for his next coronation. Who knows how he might show his appreciation?
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  • SteamOS and Prototype Steam Machines Coming December 13

    SteamOS and Prototype Steam Machines Coming December 13

    This Friday, December 13, Valve will begin shipping prototype units of the Steam Machine to 300 lucky people. Those selected will be notified around 5PM (EST) today that they will soon receive a prototype machine for testing purposes. They will also be awarded a special badge on their Steam Community profile. In addition to this shipment of the prototype machines, Valve will release SteamOS to the world on Friday. It can be downloaded by anybody but only those well versed in Linux may want to give it a go until later in 2014. Valve promises to release additional ...
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online Release Date Announced for April 4, 2014

    The Elder Scrolls Online Release Date Announced for April 4, 2014

    On April 4, 2014 (4/4/14, see what they did there?) The Elder Scrolls Online is slated to be released. The game will only be out on PC and Mac on this date with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions following later in 2014.

    To coincide with this announcement, Betehsda released a new gameplay trailer called "War on Cyrodiil."

    In our latest trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online, witness the Alliance War in action as Tamriel's three alliances rally their forces in the heart of Cyrodiil. Are you prepared to face your enemies, conquer
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