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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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  • The 10 Most Insane Counter-Strike Frag Highlights From 2013

    The 10 Most Insane Counter-Strike Frag Highlights From 2013

    HLTV.org put together their top 10 list of the most insane professional gamer frags from Counter-Strike from 2013.

    #10 Delpan vs. Natus Vincere - DreamHack Bucharest 2013 #9 allu vs. ESC Gaming - ESEA Invite Season 13 Europe #8 GeT_RiGhT vs. mousesports - SLTV StarSeries V #7 kRYSTAL vs. mousesports - SLTV StarSeries V #6 centeks vs. fm.TOXIC - ESWC 2013 #5 AREA vs. redzone - EPSILAN 10 #4 peet vs. LowLandLions - ESEA Open Season 13 Playoffs #3 GeT_RiGhT vs. Astana Dragons - MSI Beat It! 2013 EU Finals #2 shox vs. n!faculty - DreamHack Winter 20
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  • Valve Has No Plans to Release a First Party Steam Machine

    Valve Has No Plans to Release a First Party Steam Machine

    It seems as though if you're interested in picking up a Steam Machine for your living room, you will only have third party options to choose from.

    In speaking with various media outlets, Gabe Newell said that Valve has no current plans to release a first-party Steam Machine to the public.
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  • Steam Family Options Added in Today's Steam Client Update - January 7, 2014

    Steam Family Options Added in Today's Steam Client Update - January 7, 2014

    A rather substantial update was released tonight for the Steam client from Valve. Tonight's update includes, among many other things, new Steam Family Options.

    Changelog for the Steam client for January 7, 2014

    General
    • Introducing Steam Family Options , a new way for parents and families to establish access to the Steam features and content they choose.
    • Added global setting to allow downloads during gameplay, and change the per-app settings to be global/allow/deny.
    • Added UI for Family Sharing to specify which accounts may play games on
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  • $1,900 Bolt II Steam Machine Shipping this Month with SteamOS and Windows

    $1,900 Bolt II Steam Machine Shipping this Month with SteamOS and Windows

    Of all the Steam Machines that were revealed earlier tonight, the most pricey one is from Digital Storm. The Bolt II is a Steam Machine that will begin at $1,900 (though others have it listed at over $2,500 for some configurations) and will be released later this month.

    In addition, the Bolt II will feature both SteamOS and Windows on the same machine. This is undoubtedly another contributing factor to why it is the most expensive Steam Machine revealed thus far. Check out some photos of the Bolt II below and then head on over to the official Bolt II...
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  • First Generation Steam Machines Revealed by Valve at CES 2014

    First Generation Steam Machines Revealed by Valve at CES 2014

    Moments ago, Valve showed off and talked about the first generation of Steam Machines coming in 2014 from a variety of manufacturers. Many of these begin for as little as $499 (USD).
    he lineup of Steam Machines announced today offers a wide variety of price and performance options made possible by the Steam Machine's open design, with systems starting as low as $499 and top end systems rivaling today's bleeding edge gaming PCs. Every Steam Machine includes an innovative Steam Controller designed for use with a wide variety of game genres, and is powe
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  • Updated Anti-Cheat Measures Allegedly Released by Valve for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Allegedly, on December 31, updated anti-cheat methods were rolled out to various Counter-Strike: Global Offensive servers. Namely, it appears as though the servers that Valve run themselves were updated while other dedicated servers were not yet updated with this "mysterious" update.



    Those of the CS:GO section on Reddit noticed that a larger than normal number of cheaters were bitching that their undetectable cheats had gotten them banned from VAC secured servers. If this is indeed the case, Valve made no announcement of this,...
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  • PSA: Left 4 Dead 2 is FREE but You Better Act Fast

    PSA: Left 4 Dead 2 is FREE but You Better Act Fast

    You have from right now (a bit past 2PM ET on December 25) until tomorrow (December 26) at 1PM (ET) to claim your free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam from Valve. Once you claim it during the next day, you have the game forever. It's yours to keep for free!

    To summarize: Left 4 Dead 2. Free. Limited time offer. Merry Christmas!

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  • Update Released for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - December 23, 2013

    Update Released for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - December 23, 2013

    It's a Christmas Eve Eve miracle! A new update was released for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tonight. There were bug fixes one would suppose. So, have at it!

    Changelog for CS:GO for December 23, 2013

    GAMEPLAY
    - Improved visual feedback of recoil through viewmodel.
    - Added an option in the Game Menu to disable opening the buy menu with the Use key.

    UI - Fixed the chat window, radar and other panels disappearing for a few a few frames after you die. - Fixed a bunch of UI elements going away when you were in
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  • Smissmas 2013 Event Kicks Off in Team Fortress 2 - December 20, 2013

    Smissmas 2013 Event Kicks Off in Team Fortress 2 - December 20, 2013

    You may have already noticed, but Valve has released a new update for Team Fortress 2 today. Yes, it's the Smissmas 2013 holiday time in TF2, which means you get gift-stuffed stockings, event items, a gift-a-pult, and much more!

    Changelog for TF2 for December 20, 2013
    Happy Smissmas 2013!
    • All Players who play TF2 during the event will receive a Gift-Stuffed Stocking! Stockings contain goodies for good little Mercenaries.
    • Added community-contributed winter event items
    • Added the Giftapult, which can be used to launch gift items to randomly-chosen
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  • Dota 2 Update Adds New Items and Fixes Some Wraith-Night Issues - December 19, 2013

    A new update for Dota 2 was released tonight. This update adds some new items to the store and fixes some issues with the Wraith-Night event.

    Changelog for Dota 2 for December 19, 2013

    WRAITH-NIGHT
    - Added Queen of Pain, Storm Spirit, Templar Assassin, Witch Doctor, and Elder Titan to Wraith-Night.
    - Added new rewards to Wraith-Night.
    - Juggernaut now gains evasion during Blade Fury.
    - Fixed a bug where pausing the game would break certain Wraith King abilities.

    ECONOMY - Added sets for Luna, Drow Ranger, Skywr
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  • $250,000 Community-Funded Prize Pool Revealed for 2014 EMS One Katowice CS:GO Championship

    Valve has just revealed that a $250,000 prize pool put together by the community is up for grabs at the 2014 EMS One Katowice CS:GO Championship. The event is also being sponsored in part by Intel and Asus.
    Taking place inside the famous Spodek indoor stadium at the IEM in Katowice, the upcoming CS:GO tournament will follow the progress of DreamHack Winter 2013's eight quarter-finalists, who will be joined by eight qualifying teams from ESL's EMS One Online Qualifiers. The event's matches will be streamed live via continuous high-quality coverage provided by ESL,
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