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  • Former Rockstar Employee Claims Former Executive Sexually Harassed Him

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    Former Rockstar Employee Claims Former Executive Sexually Harassed Him

    This industry still has a lot of growing up to do.

    According to a report filed by Kotaku's Jason Schreier, a former Rockstar designer says that a former top executive groped him. The designer, Colin Brundschu, says that he wasn't sure what to do when he was groped by Jeronimo Barrera, the former VP of product development at Rockstar.

    Bundschu says that after he was hired in 2014, his colleagues gave him a warning of "don't cross Jeronimo Barrera." He was warned by many employees to "mind how you talk to him." Barrera, according to sources, had a reputation...
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  • Call of Duty Shakeup - Call of Duty 2020 is Another Black Ops and Is Modern Warfare 4 Going Free-to-Play?

    Reports include talk of arguments between Sledgehammer and Raven.

    There are reported some massive changes happening behind the scenes of the Call of Duty franchise. According to a new report from Jason Schreier of Kotaku, Call of Duty 2020 is no longer being developed by Sledgehammer and Raven. It will instead be handled by Treyarch and it will be another entry in the Black Ops saga.

    This is the first major change in the development cycle of the Call of Duty franchise since 2012. Since then, the Call of Duty games have cycled between three lead studios. Those studios...
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  • Employees at Riot Games Threaten Walkout

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    Employees at Riot Games Threaten Walkout


    It's been a real wild ride for Riot Games, the studio responsible for creating League of Legends. Sadly, this seems to be one ride that is far from over. Employees are now considering a walkout after Riot Games took steps to prevent employees from taking legal action against the company.

    Riot Games had moved to prevent further lawsuits against the company after multiple lawsuits were filed following Kotaku's recent investigation into the studio's sexist culture. At least two separate sources told Waypoint that employees are talking about walking out as a result of these new,...
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  • Titanfall 3 is Not in Development, Confirms Respawn

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    Titanfall 3 is Not in Development, Confirms Respawn


    Questions about the "true" future of the Titanfall franchise were raised beginning this past weekend when we first caught wind of Apex Legends, the latest game from Respawn Entertainment and the latest title to be set in the Titanfall universe. One of the biggest questions was whether or not Apex Legends, a newly released and free-to-play battle royale title, was a phoenix rising from the ashes of Titanfall 3 or if Titanfall 3 was still coming.

    Sadly, it's not great news. Respawn Entertainment confirmed that Apex Legends is all there is right now for Titanfall fans....
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  • Apex Legends - A Free-to-Play Titanfall Battle Royale Game Coming Out this Monday


    This weekend's rumor of a free-to-play Titanfall branded battle royale game sure picked up traction in a hurry. It first seemed to originate from a YouTube channel with a less than stellar reputation. However, since then it seems that other sources are now coming forth to say that "yes, there is actually some merit to this rumor."

    Apparently, a free-to-play Titanfall battle royale game will be released this Monday. The release will happen on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 at the same time. It will be released alongside a small media blitz from a handful of influencers...
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  • Former Gearbox Lawyer Claims CEO Randy Pitchford Took Secret $12 Million Bonus in Lawsuit Gearbox Claims is 'Absurd'


    Buckle up, everyone, because this is going to be a real doozy of a news post.

    There are two lawsuits recently filed between Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and the former general counsel for Gearbox. They're both suing each other, both claiming the other were in violation of their legal responsibilities to the company. The lawsuit against Pitchford from the former Gearbox lawyer Wade Callender says that Pitchford received a secret $12 million bonus from Take-Two Interactive.

    Callender's lawsuit, filed December 21, 2018, also says that Pitchford is in violation of some contracts that involve Gearbox and a "separate real estate company" that both of them owned. Gearbox says that these accusations are "absurd" in a brief statement released today by a Gearbox spokesperson. ...
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  • Current and Former Employees Sue Riot Games for Gender Discrimination

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    Current and Former Employees Sue Riot Games for Gender Discrimination

    A class-action lawsuit has kicked off against Riot Games, publisher of League of Legends, that accuses the studio of gender-based discrimination. The lawsuit, began by one former employee and one current employee say that the studio has a "men-first" environment.

    According to Kotaku, the lawsuit claims that the two employees, both female, have been "denied equal pay and found their careers stifled because they are women." The suit continues on to say that the employees have "seen t heir working conditions negatively impacted because of the ongoing sexual harassment, misconduct, and bias which predominate the sexually-hostile working environment of Riot Games." The lawsuit also claims that Riot has violated California's Equal Pay Act and law against gender-based discrimination at the workplace....
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  • Blizzard Reportedly Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement from BlizzCon (Updated)

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    Blizzard Reportedly Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement from BlizzCon (Updated)

    I figure an entirely new news post for this would be appropriate. Yesterday, it was reported from Kotaku's Jason Schreier that Blizzard had apparently pulled a Diablo 4 announcement at the last minute from BlizzCon 2018.

    A video had apparently been recorded featuring Blizzard's co-founder Allen Adham talking to fans about a new Diablo project. The original statement says that Blizzard pulled this video announcement from BlizzCon 2018 at the last minute. Blizzard has since come forward to make a public statement about this, saying that no, this wasn't the case at all.
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  • Blizzard Reportedly Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement from BlizzCon

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    Blizzard Reportedly Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement from BlizzCon

    A new report from Kotaku's Jason Schrier says that Blizzard pulled a Diablo 4 announcement from BlizzCon ahead of the annual event. Last week, the single Diablo reveal was for Diablo Immortal, a new game coming exclusively to mobile devices running Android and iOS.

    Naturally, people were upset. This is despite Blizzard and the Diablo developers saying that they have "multiple teams working on different Diablo projects" but they would not talk about all of them during BlizzCon 2018.
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  • Smaller Shops Reportedly Won't Get Red Dead Redemption 2 Until November

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    Smaller Shops Reportedly Won't Get Red Dead Redemption 2 Until November

    This is an interesting story to share with you today. According to a new report from Kotaku, smaller retail shops will not get any copies of Red Dead Redemption 2 to sell until at least November. This information comes from a number of small retail shop owners that Kotaku interviewed recently. These "mom and pop" shops have stated that they have been told their distributors won't be able to get them copies in time for release. One such store owner is Zach Gieg, the owner of a small chain of shops in Pennsylvania. Gieg reportedly spent over $3,300 to put up promotional materials for the game. He believed that the expense would more than pay for itself once he started to sell the game on...
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  • Rockstar's Dan Houser Clarifies "100-hour Week" Statement

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    Rockstar's Dan Houser Clarifies "100-hour Week" Statement

    In a recent interview with Vulture, Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser said that at times, the Red Dead Redemption 2 team were "working 100-hour weeks" on the game. This naturally caused quite a bit of an uproar across social media and a number of gaming sites. Rightfully so, I might add. "Crunch" as it's commonly referred to, sees employees going to extremes to hit particular milestones. These are common prior to a game shipping in order to meet launch deadlines. The industry hates it. Developers hate it. Consumers don't feel comfortable supporting studios that push it. And yet here we are. Crunch is still very much prevalent in the gaming industry and it serv...
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  • Kotaku Rumor Suggests Microsoft is Close to Buying Obsidian

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    Kotaku Rumor Suggests Microsoft is Close to Buying Obsidian

    A new rumor popped up about an hour ago courtesy of Kotaku and Jason Schreier that Microsoft is close to purchasing Obsidian. I don't normally post a bunch of rumors on the site unless there is good reason for it and the reason I'm posting this one is because Jason Schreier has a great track record on this sort of stuff. So while it's not confirmed or announced anywhere, there is probably a good chance that the rumor being true of Microsoft being close to buying Obsidian.

    Kotaku's sources say that the deal is "90%" finished, while another suggested that the deal was more of a matter of "when" and not "if."
    Obsidian, best known for its work on critically
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  • Name Changes Coming Soon to PlayStation Network?

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    Name Changes Coming Soon to PlayStation Network?

    A new report from Kotaku says that Sony is gearing up to finally allow users to change their PlayStation Network names. This has been something that PSN users have requested for ages but it allegedly hasn't been possible.

    It's long been rumored that name changes haven't been possible because Sony's database was so jumbled and held together with gum and strings that it made it near impossible to allow for name changes. Well, it seems as though Sony has gotten around to fixing that and perhaps even included some of the needed groundwork in the recent 6.0 firmware update. Now, some developers are saying that name changes are coming ...
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  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Features Weapon Degradation, First Person Mode, Beard Growth, and More

    The first details about Red Dead Redemption 2 have started to come out today after select members of the media were given the opportunity to play a couple hours of the game.

    These are some of the details pulled about the game from outlets like IGN, Gamespot, Game Informer, Kotaku, PC Gamer, VG247, and more. The list was compiled by ResetERA members for a fairly comprehensive list of what has been revealed.
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  • IGN Pulls Nearly All of Filip Miucin's Prior Work as Investigation Finds Multiple Cases of Plagiarism

    If you haven't yet heard, IGN recently fired their Nintendo editor, Filip Miucin, after it came to light that he very, very closely copied a review for Dead Cells. Miucin's video review was for IGN while the review he very apparently copied was from a YouTube channel called Boomstick Gaming. Since then, most of Miucin's work at IGN has been pulled as the investigation uncovers more examples of plagiarism.

    Boomstick Gaming was the first to notice the apparent plagiarism and put up a video showing off the obvious similarities....
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