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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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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Released Introduces New MvM Maps and More

    Team Fortress 2 Update Released Introduces New MvM Maps and More

    The update released tonight for Team Fortress 2 introduces two new Mann vs. Machine maps and a ton of a new abilities.

    Update for Team Fortress 2 for November 21, 2013
    Mann vs. Machine Operation Two Cities - Two new maps: mvm_mannhattan and mvm_rottenburg - New advanced tour featuring four missions - Two extra Boot Camp-only missions Added 14 new achievements Tour of Duty badge levels are no longer limited to 200 Players can earn a "Refund Upgrades" credit by collecting money during waves - The
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  • Microsoft Claims the Cloud Makes the Xbox One Four Times as Powerful

    Microsoft Claims the Cloud Makes the Xbox One Four Times as Powerful

    The Marketing Director for Xbox France, Hugues Ouvrard, gave an interview with French publication, Le Nouvel Observateur. In it, he discusses how the Xbox One is a lot more powerful than the PlayStation 4, despite the apparent hardware shortcomings.

    How?

    The Cloud. Prepare yourself for this one.
    The PS4 is not more powerful. There is a confusion about the difference in the number of pixels, but the definition of certain defined by the publisher, not the console. Especially thanks to the power of cloud - we have installed 300,000 servers
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  • Day 2 of the Two Cities Update Reveal for Team Fortress 2

    Day 2 of the Two Cities Update Reveal for Team Fortress 2

    Apparently there was a reveal the other day for an upcoming "Two Cities" update for Team Fortress 2. I had no idea about it until today when the second day of reveals was released. This seems to be a an update focused on the Mann vs. Machine game mode.

    Today includes a new video, The Sound of Medicine, which shows off some new Medic abilities. Today's update page includes additional details on new Medic and Soldier capabilities in addition to the Rottenburg map reveal.


    Yesterday's update page talks about the Mannhattan ...
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  • Report: Telltale Games is Working on a Game of Thrones Game

    Report: Telltale Games is Working on a Game of Thrones Game

    According to sources at IGN, Telltale Games is hard at work developing a Game of Thrones game. Steve Allison, the Senior Vice-President of Publishing at Telltale Games remarked that they have "no comment" about a potential Game of Thrones game.

    At present, Telltale is still working on releasing the remaining chapters for its Fables based series, The Wolf Among Us and kicking off the second season for The Walking Dead. In the past, it also worked on some licensed franchises including The Walking Dead and Back to the Future. Though Telltale Games...
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  • Minecraft Adds One-Touch Twitch Streaming

    Minecraft Adds One-Touch Twitch Streaming

    Mojang is adding one-touch Twitch.tv streaming to Minecraft. At present, the feature is included in the Minecraft Snapshot 13w47c and is the result of a partnership between Mojang and Twitch.
    At Minecon we announced our new partnership with Twitch
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  • PSA: Play All of RAGE for Free Until Sunday

    PSA: Play All of RAGE for Free Until Sunday

    I'm not sure what id Software, Bethesda, or Valve are thinking here but you can play all of RAGE for free until Sunday at 1PM (PT). If you already have Steam installed, all you need to do is click this link to begin downloading the game.

    Yes, this apparently includes the single player component of the game. It's just odd that they would do this since most people are more than capable of downloading, playing, and beating the game in that time, thus removing the need to purchase it after this weekend. Huh, weird.
    About RAGE RAGE is a gro
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  • Pretty Little Snowflakes in the Dead Rising 3 Launch Trailer

    Pretty Little Snowflakes in the Dead Rising 3 Launch Trailer

    Another launch trailer for you today with the "Snowflakes" trailer for the Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3.

    Take a ride on the wild side and a trip off the deep end of the zombie apocalypse.
    The end is finally here and it's never looked so good. Welcome to the after party.
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  • Ryse: Son of Rome Launch Trailer is Two Steps from Hell

    Ryse: Son of Rome Launch Trailer is Two Steps from Hell

    The launch trailers for the Xbox One continues with this one for Ryse: Son of Rome.

    Lead legions on Marius' path of vengeance, fighting throughout the Roman Empire. Epic adventure, groundbreaking multiplayer, and breathtaking visuals all unite behind Xbox One's legendary launch title, Ryse: Son of Rome.
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  • Killer Instinct Launch Trailer Marks the Return of Fulgore

    Killer Instinct Launch Trailer Marks the Return of Fulgore

    With the Xbox One just a day away from release, it's about damn time we started to get some launch trailers here. First up is the launch trailer for Killer Instinct, which marks the return of Fulgore.

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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was Updated with Dreamhack 2013 Tab - November 20, 2013

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was updated tonight. It has a few changes. The changes are listed below.

    Changelog for CS:GO for November 20, 2013

    MISC - Added DreamHack 2013 tab in watch panel. This is the hud to watch and download all the games. - Added a panel to the spectator UI that shows the event logo, spectator number and viewer item drops during freeze time of an event. - Added a convar sv_matchpause_auto_5v5, when enabled will track if less than 5 human players are connected on either team and will pause match during nearest freezetime, and w
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  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Friends & Family Beta is Underway

    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Friends & Family Beta is Underway

    Are you a friend or a family member of a Blizzard employee? Chances are you're already enjoying the upcoming expansion for Diablo III called Reaper of Souls. In addition, Blizzard explains how you can perhaps get a chance to play the beta as it opens up to more players down the line.
    Our Friends and Family Beta is just the first step of public testing, and by the end of the year we will be moving into Closed Beta. Since our Reaper of Souls Closed Beta test will also feature all content in the expansion (again, excluding the final boss fight), invitations
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