People Blame Bill Gates and 5G for COVID-19, at Least in Australia
Christian Pieniazek, 19 May 2020, 18:58
The COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent breeding ground for disinformation and authors of cheap conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, more and more people believe in the content they create, in which they put guilt on Bill Gates and the 5G technology in particular.
Well-known Ubisoft Franchise Will Return as AAA Game
Paul Wozniak, 14 May 2020, 21:10
From Ubisoft's latest financial report we can learn that the French company has another unannounced title in store for this fiscal year. The president of the studio, Yves Guillemot, also informed that the coronavirus pandemic may affect the delay of the release of one of the AAA titles.
Here's First Non-gaming Product From Razer
Smoczy, 13 May 2020, 11:25
Razer decided to create something appropriate to the situation in the world. The company's first non-gaming product is a vending machine with disposable masks.
Gaming Industry With Significant Growth in 2020
Michael Kulakowski, 12 May 2020, 19:31
According to forecasts for 2020, the pandemic will not prevent large increases in value of the video game industry, which is to generate revenues of nearly $160 billion in that period. The mobile market is expected to grow the most this year, which will largely contribute to the global number of active players exceeding 2.7 billion.
Facebook and Google Will Allow for Remote Work Until End of the Year
Kuszu, 11 May 2020, 11:37
Google and Facebook will give their employees a choice and allow home office work until the end of this year. However, if someone has the need, they can work in the office beginning with June or July.
TGS 2020 - Japan's Most Important Gaming Fair Also Canceled
Bart Swiatek, 08 May 2020, 09:10
The organizers of the another industry event - the Japanese Tokyo Game Show 2020 - informed that it was canceled. Instead, there will be an online event. TGS was scheduled for the end of September.
STALKER 2 - Work Proceeds as Planned Despite the Coronavirus
Bart Swiatek, 04 May 2020, 12:25
Zakhar Bocharov - press spokesman of GSC Game World - was interviewed by the Russian website Cybersport. The topic of the interview was STALKER 2. It seems that the work on the game is going according to plan, despite some additional challenges related to the ongoing pandemic.
June's Nintendo Direct Rescheduled
Frozen, 01 May 2020, 11:59
Traditionally accompanying the E3 fair in June, this year's Nintendo Direct stream will take place much later than usual. The delay is due to complications resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Minecraft - Pandemic Simulation Map Now Available
Czarus, 26 April 2020, 21:12
A message about the creation of a new map - Blockdown - appeared on the official website of Minecraft. It is supposed to make players, especially the younger ones, aware of the threat of COVID-19 and how it is spreading. The project was created by AKQA in support of the #TommorowTogether initiative.
European Gamedevs are Afraid of the Crisis; Some May Not Survive
Bart Swiatek, 23 April 2020, 16:33
European Games Developer Federation conducted a survey on the condition of European gamedev companies and their concerns about the coronavirus crisis. 17% of such companies are worried that they may not survive three months. Small studios are in the worst position.
Netflix is Worth More Than Disney, Here's Why
Adrian Werner, 22 April 2020, 17:44
Netflix's stock market valuation outstrips that of Disney. The reason for this is the exceptionally successful first quarter of the year for the streaming giant.
Baldur's Gate 3 to be Released on Schedule
Jacob Blazewicz, 22 April 2020, 11:52
Sven Vincke commented on the impact of the coronavirus on the development of Baldur's Gate III. The head of Larian Studios confirmed that the ongoing epidemic has slowed it down somewhat, but this will not translate into delaying the game's release.
Smartphone Sales Halved
Sodar, 21 April 2020, 17:54
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, smartphone sales in the USA have recorded an extremely sharp drop.
Billions of Hours on Twitch - Streaming Boom During the Pandemic
Milosz Szubert, 20 April 2020, 15:13
The coronavirus pandemic has caused the number of people streaming on Twitch to exceed 5 million. As for the average number of viewers, it reached 2.5 million.
San Diego Comic-Con 2020 Canceled
Adrian Werner, 18 April 2020, 22:29
San Diego Comic-Con 2020 became another event to be canceled due to the coronavirus situation. The convention thus joined such events as E3, GDC or QuakeCon.
Gmail Blocks 18 Million Fake Coronavirus Emails Daily
Sodar, 17 April 2020, 15:41
Google's email filters block 18 million phishing or malware emails every day, which are related to the coronavirus pandemic. This is almost 20% of all messages blocked by Gmail filters.
Riot Games Tried to Force LoL Player to Change His Nick
Bart Swiatek, 17 April 2020, 11:18
Riot Games wanted a League of Legends player using the name „Corona” to change it. Nick was deemed inappropriate, even though it came from the user's actual last name.
Virtual Pandemic Unleashed on a WoW Server
Bart Swiatek, 16 April 2020, 14:47
The administrators of one of the so-called private servers of World of Warcraft - Elysium - decided to create an event aimed at educating players on issues such as the spread of infectious diseases and ways to fight them. The idea came up in connection with the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
Gamescom 2020 Will be Held Only in Digital Form
Adrian Werner, 16 April 2020, 12:50
The organizers of gamescom have announced that this year's edition will be held exclusively in digital format. The reason is the extension of the ban on organising mass events, introduced because of the coronavirus, by the German authorities.
Sony Gives Away Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey
Michael Kulakowski, 14 April 2020, 22:49
In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, Sony announced the Play at Home initiative. As part of the initiative, all PlayStation 4 owners will be able to download Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey for free. The company has also created a special fund to financially support independent developers working on PlayStation titles.
New World - MMORPG From Amazon Delayed
Paul Wozniak, 09 April 2020, 23:06
We just found out that MMORPG from Amazon Game Studios will be released later than expected. The start of beta-tests of the game will also be delayed.
All Microsoft Events Until July 2021 Only in Digital Form
Christian Pieniazek, 07 April 2020, 20:01
Due to the global situation, Microsoft was forced to change its calendar and strategy. Until July 2021, all events of the company will take place only in digital form.
Also HBO GO Battles Network Load, Quality May Suffer
Milosz Szubert, 07 April 2020, 13:34
Due to the coronavirus epidemic and higher than usual network load, HBO decided to control the bandwith on its streaming platform. Thus, the well-known station followed the example of Netflix.
Public Domain Photo of Coronavirus Getting Sold for $500
Laty, 07 April 2020, 13:09
Last week, graphic designers from the American National Institute of Health created an illustration of the novel coronavirus. The picture is available free of charge in the public domain, which does not prevent Getty Images from selling it for a lot of money.
Captain Marvel 2 and Other MCU Movies With New Release Dates
Adrian Werner, 06 April 2020, 13:59
Disney revealed new release dates for its films, including productions from the Marvel universe, such as Captain Marvel 2 and Black Panther 2. The company was forced to change plans due to coronavirus.
YouTube Will Limit Access to Videos Falsely Linking 5G and Coronavirus
Bart Swiatek, 06 April 2020, 11:07
YouTube plans to reduce the visibility of videos suggesting a link between the coronavirus and the 5G network, and in some cases remove them completely. The decision was made after a series of arson attacks on 5G transmitter masts in the UK.
Free Keys and Donations - Devs of ETS2 Fight the Epidemic
Jacob Blazewicz, 05 April 2020, 23:17
SCS Software boasted the results of #TruckAtHome action. The players have already managed to drive over 460 million kilometers of virtual trucks in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and American Truck Simulator. The devs celebrated it by giving free Steam keys to both games and getting involved in the fight against coronavirus.
The Release of The Last of Us 2 Delayed Again
Paul Wozniak, 02 April 2020, 21:00
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the leaunch of The Last of Us: Part II has been once again delayed. The creators made this decision because they wanted every player to be able to play the game at the same time, which could be difficult due to the logistical problems that exist under current conditions.
Sensitive Gaming is Fine? The WHO Encourages to Play Video Games
Jacob Blazewicz, 02 April 2020, 13:58
The gaming industry and the World Health Organization launched #PlayApartTogether. The campaign promotes compliance with the recommendations in the fight against coronavirus using video games. Some Internet users point out that this is in contradiction to the current WHO policy, which culminated in the recognition of excessive gaming as a disease last year.
Bethesda Drops Its June Conference and Announcement of New Games
Michael Kulakowski, 01 April 2020, 21:20
Unlike other developers and publishers, Bethesda has no intention of organizing an online event, stream or show in June that would replace the company's traditional conference at E3.
QuakeCon 2020 Canceled
Christian Pieniazek, 31 March 2020, 22:52
For the sake of participants' health, this year's edition of QuakeCon, an event dedicated to games from id Software, has been canceled. However, Bethesda Softworks announces that the event will return next year.
Gamescom 2020 May Go Digital Rather Than be Canceled
Christian Pieniazek, 31 March 2020, 22:34
After E3 2020 was canceled, the eyes of many players have turned to this year's gamescom. As it turns out, the German fair doesn't have to share the fate of the American „Gamer's Holiday”, as it will eventually take place in digital form.
Changes on Steam to Reduce Network Load
Paul Wozniak, 31 March 2020, 12:33
Valve has made a change to Steam to reduce the network load of theplatform. The company also reminds of the settings that enable users to further reduce data consumption.
Launch Date of PS5 Rather Unlikely to be Threatened
Paul Wozniak, 28 March 2020, 21:26
A Sony spokesperson in an interview with Bloomberg assured Sony that PlayStation 5 launch should take place as planned. We also learned that the upcoming launches of Sony's games should not encounter any delay either.
Physical Release of Resident Evil 3 With Minor Problems
Paul Wozniak, 26 March 2020, 20:35
Capcom has announced that the distribution of physical versions of Resident Evil 3 will take place with minor problems. Depending on the situation in the country, the shipment may not arrive on time, but the release date remains unchanged.
Edward Snowden Warns - Threat of Surveillance is More Permanent That the Virus
Jacob Blazewicz, 26 March 2020, 17:40
Edward Snowden, the protagonist of the affair with the disclosure of secret documents of the American NSA, expressed his concern about the government's moves in connection with the coronavirus epidemic. A former CIA employee believes that politicians may have a problem with giving up, among other things, surveillance of citizens with the help of artificial intelligence after dealing with the current crisis.
Game Download Speed on PS4 Will be Reduced
Milosz Szubert, 24 March 2020, 20:11
Sony intends to reduce the download speed and performance of its Internet service in Europe. This is to avoid overloading the connections necessary for remote operation and communication.
[email protected] is Earth's Mightiest Supercomputer Battling the Coronavirus
Bart Swiatek, 24 March 2020, 19:17
Greg Bowman, the man responsible for the [email protected] project, reported that the initiative currently has 470 petaflops of computing power, making it „the most powerful supercomputer in the world”. Such a high level has been achieved thanks to the increased interest in the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The Walking Dead - Desolate Atlanta Compared to a TV Show Poster
Adrian Werner, 24 March 2020, 15:27
The coronavirus has left American streets deserted. This allowed fans of The Walking Dead to take a picture in Atlanta, reproducing the iconic poster for the TV show.
Plague Inc. Will Enable Us to Save the World For a Change
Czarus, 24 March 2020, 12:26
Plague Inc. is a strategy game in which we aim to annihilate humanity with a deadly virus - but that's about to change. The title will be enriched with a new mode to protect our species from extinction.
Steam Breaks Record For Number of Active Users. Again
Conrad Hazi, 22 March 2020, 14:43
We spend more time at home and apparently play more. This is shown by Steam stats, which continue to show an upward trend so that more records of the number of logged-in users are beaten. More than 22 million users were simultaneously using the application yesterday.
Supercomputer Will Provide Breakthrough in Fight Against Coronavirus
Conrad Hazi, 20 March 2020, 13:43
Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the world's most powerful supercomputer to research of coronavirus. Using appropriate models and its tremendous computing power, the machine identified 77 substances potentially effective against SARS-CoV-2.
Fallout 76 - Toilet Paper a New Luxury Good
Czarus, 20 March 2020, 12:01
In Fallout 76, Bethesda Softworks has launched a new luxury good. It's a toilet paper. Nowadays one roll can cost even tens of thousands of caps.
Real or Barcelona? Champion of La Liga Will be Decided in... FIFA 20
Konrad Serafinski, 19 March 2020, 13:22
The great interest in the virtual match between Seville and Betis players has made it possible for the whole La Liga to start playing FIFA 20 soon. The games will be broadcast on Twitch and teams will be represented by real football stars. Of course, the tournament is held purely for entertainment value.
Minecraft Now Sports Quarantine Tips in Main Menu
Czarus, 19 March 2020, 12:53
Minecraft joins the fight against the coronavirus, encouraging players to behave properly. Developers from Mojang AB decided to put various tips in the game, which can be read after entering the menu.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Launch Without Delay, but With Complications
Jacob Blazewicz, 18 March 2020, 22:54
Square Enix has posted an update on Final Fantasy VII Remake. The publisher will not postpone the release of the game, but admits that it will not go without trouble.
Gaming Becomes Main Entertainment in Time of Coronavirus
Peter Doron, 18 March 2020, 12:31
Gamers are playing like there's no tomorrow during the quarantine - US web traffic related to this form of entertainment has increased by up to 75%. Streaming platforms are also more popular.
Italian Hospital can Save More Patients Thanks to 3D Printers [Updated]
Laty, 18 March 2020, 10:31
Due to the large-scale outbreak of COVID-19 disease, Italian hospitals are starting to run out of equipment. 3D printers are coming to help, producing the missing components.
Industry Expert on Why Plague Inc. was Banned in China
Milosz Szubert, 17 March 2020, 16:48
Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, gave three reasons why Ndemic Creations' Plague Inc. was removed from distribution in China. The reasons included the lack of a proper license.
Disinfection on the Set of The Witcher, as Kristofer Hivju Tests Positive for COVID-19
Czarus, 17 March 2020, 14:43
Kristofer Hivju has reported that he's infected with the novel coronavirus. The actor is known to wider audience for his role of Tormund in Game of Thrones, and is currently taking part in the second season of The Witcher from Netflix.