Epic Games and Riot Games in Trump's Crosshairs
Bart Swiatek, yesterday, 11:32
According to reports of the Bloomberg news agency, the US administration is looking at the financial involvement of the Chinese company Tencent in the American gaming industry. The Chinese giant owns Riot Games, holds a 40% stake in Epic Games and a 5% stake in Activision Blizzard.
PUBG Mobile and Over 100 Other Apps Pulled in India Due to Conflict With China
Jacob Blazewicz, 02 September 2020, 20:50
The Indian government has increased the list of mobile applications blocked in the local versions of Google Play and App Store. PUBG Mobile was hit, probably because of the game's Chinese publisher.
Donald Trump Orders a Ban on WeChat and TikTok
mikos, 07 August 2020, 14:50
Donald Trump's recent plans to ban the use of TikToka are soon to be reflected in law.
China Tightens Control Over Underage Gamers
Michael Kulakowski, 04 August 2020, 21:14
The Chinese government is once again tightening control over the youngest citizens who like to spend time playing video games. Since September, all developers operating in the country must introduce a player verification system, based on their real personal data, and even a face scan.
U.S. Army Recruits Teenagers on Twitch and Goes Ban-happy About It
Jacob Blazewicz, 16 July 2020, 17:46
The official esports team of the US Army bans access to Twitch chat en masse. All because of actions read by many as „treacherous” recruitment tactics.
Facebook and Instagram Will Enable Blocking of Political Ads
Bart Swiatek, 10 July 2020, 13:19
American Facebook and Instagram users have been given the opportunity to block advertising related to politics, elections and social issues.
Trump Administration May Ban TikTok in the US
mikos, 08 July 2020, 14:38
President Donald Trump is said to consider banning TikTok in the U.S. because of security concerns.
Roblox Experiences Invasion of Pro-Trump Hackers
Milosz Szubert, 02 July 2020, 14:25
Roblox, the online platform for creating our own video games has become the target of a rather unusual attack from hackers. They hacked over 1600 accounts and set up elements to encourage user to vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming US presidential election.
Microsot Bans for Using Confederate Flag in Forza Games
Paul Wozniak, 28 June 2020, 19:27
Microsoft has announced that using the Confederated States of America flag in the Forza Horizon and Forza Motorsport series games will result in an immediate ban.
Cyberpunk 2020 Creator: Games are Inherently Political
Adrian Werner, 25 June 2020, 15:10
Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the world of Cyberpunk 2077, spoke on the political elements in video games. He stated that politics is a natural aspect of art, but at the same time is should not resemble sermons.
Australia Under Massive Cyber Attack From Another State
Bart Swiatek, 19 June 2020, 13:19
The Australian Prime Minister reported that his country was attacked by hackers. The perpetrators were most likely acting in the service of another, unspecified country. The cyber attack affected many entities in a variety of sectors - from government, through basic services and services, industry, to important infrastructure.
Trump Suggests He May Help Shut Down Twitter
Kuszu, 28 May 2020, 13:14
Is there going to be a war between social media and politics? Twitter has marked Donald Trump's entries as „misleading”, Mark Zuckerberg criticizes the website's actions, and the president himself threatens to shut down „social networks that try to silence conservatives”. Things are getting interesting.
Animal Crossing New Horizons in Trouble in China
Adrian Werner, 11 April 2020, 13:52
There was a lot of controversy about Animal Crossing: New Horizons in China. The game was supposed to be banned because of virtual protests, but in fact the situation turned out to be different, although the game still has problems with distribution in this country.
Tim Sweeney: „There’s no Reason to Drag Divisive Topics Into Gaming”
Bart Swiatek, 13 February 2020, 12:39
According to Tim Sweeney, games should not deal with political topics that introduce divisions. The exception is when the developers themselves want it. However, the decision should be made by them and not by the marketing department.
U.S. Government Accuses Huawei of Using Backdoors in Mobile Networks
Peter Doron, 12 February 2020, 12:31
New charges have been brought against Huawei. This time, the U.S. federal government is suggesting that the Chinese giant was using backdoors installed on mobile networks for law enforcement use.
Bleszinski: Wokeness Responsible for the Failure of LawBreakers
Christian Pieniazek, 06 February 2020, 23:53
Cliff Bleszinski came to the conclusion that one of the reasons why LawBreakers wasn't successful was because of its overtly political nature. Besides, the co-creator of the Gears of War series expressed his willingness to return to work on the franchise as a consultant.
Joe Biden's Controversial Opinion on Dev of Games „That Teach How to Kill”
Bart Swiatek, 20 January 2020, 12:28
In an interview with the New York Times, the US presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden called one of the game developers working in Sillicon Valley a „little creep” who „came up with games to teach you how to kill people.".
PES 2020: China Wants Mesut Ozil Out of the Game
Jacob Blazewicz, 18 December 2019, 23:37
Mesut Özil, a footballer of Arsenal F.C., will be removed from the Chinese edition of eFootball PES 2020. The reason for this are his entries on social media, in which he criticized the Chinese government for persecuting Muslims.
Valve Doesn't Want Any Games About Hong Kong Protests on Steam?
Julia Dragovic, 08 December 2019, 22:43
Valve is delaying the release of games related to protests in Hong Kong. All of the titles are on the pro-democratic side of the conflict. And if you don't what something is about... it's about China, in other words, money. Blitzchung, Hearthstone player recently suspended by Blizzard, also appears in the affair.
Activision Blizzard: There is no Place For Politics in Our Games
Julia Dragovic, 20 November 2019, 22:47
Bobby Kotick, president of Activision Blizzard, gave an interview in which he stated that his games should not be a platform for expressing political views, but a place for good fun.
Protests in Iran - Government Shuts Down the Internet
Julia Dragovic, 20 November 2019, 20:54
The Iranian government has decided to almost completely restrict citizens' access to the internet. This is a reaction to the protests and riots caused by the drastic rise in fuel prices.
Kojima - Death Stranding's Plot is a Reaction to Brexit and Trump
Adrian Werner, 04 November 2019, 16:04
In an interview for BBC Radio 1 Hideo Kojima explained that Death Stranding's plot was inspired by contemporary human egoism and the desire to isolate oneself from the rest of the world, as evidenced by the actions of Donald Trump and Brexit.
BlizzCon 2019 With Hong Kong Affair Protests in the Background
Jacob Blazewicz, 02 November 2019, 21:44
BlizzCon 2019 is in full swing, but not everyone is celebrating together with Blizzard. A group of people demonstrating their support for the protests in Hong Kong and their dissatisfaction with the recent actions of the American publisher gathered at the entrance to the building where the event is taking place.
Twitter Will Soon Block Paid Political Ads; Facebook Won't
Bart Swiatek, 31 October 2019, 20:26
Twitter will soon block the possibility of publishing paid political ads. According to the company, they enable manipulation of public opinion. Facebook has recently taken a diametrically different stance on the issue.
US Congress Representatives Send a Letter to Activision Blizzard CEO
Michael Kulakowski, 19 October 2019, 18:47
Several US congressmen and senators have drawn up an official letter warning Blizzard of the consequences of its recent actions, favouring China's political line and punishing those who support democratic protests in Hong Kong.
Blizzard Removes Mei Figure From its Store
Jakub Mirowski, 14 October 2019, 11:23
Blizzard removed Mei figure from its store. Players suspect that the reason for getting rid of this Overwatch character is the fact that she has become one of the symbols of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
Tim Sweeney: „Epic Will not Punish Fortnite Players for Talking Politics”
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 October 2019, 22:47
Tim Sweeney from Epic Games referred to the controversy surrounding the suspension of Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai by Blizzard for a political statement during a Hearthstone tournament. The CEO assured that he would not allow Fortnite players to be punished for their political statements.
Blizzard Punishes Gamer for Supporting Hong Kong Protests
Julia Dragovic, 08 October 2019, 16:38
Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai supported the protests in Hong Kong in a recent in an interview after winning Hearthstone Grandmasters. Blizzard quickly removed Twitch streams and imposed severe penalties on the gamer - including a one-year suspension.
WoW Classic and Hong Kong Protests - Censorship has no Place in Azeroth
Julia Dragovic, 26 September 2019, 22:00
The Taiwanese World of Warcraft Classic server has become a place for the people of Hong Kong and Taiwan to communicate with each other, regardless of censorship. And they raise issues that are uncomfortable to some, because they are connected with politics and protests.
Nokia Documents Reveal How Russia Puts its Citizens Under Surveillance
Julia Dragovic, 19 September 2019, 18:47
SORM, a system used to monitor the Internet and telecommunication activity of Russians, has once again become a subject of controversy. The disclosed Nokia documents show how the system helps Russia to keep track of its citizens. One might start asking some uncomfortable questions about human rights violation.
Trump Administration Wants to Monitor Phones of Mentally Ill People
Paul Wozniak, 12 September 2019, 11:14
Donald Trump's government is considering a new proposal to combat mass shootings, whereby the phones of people with mental health problems would be tracked to prevent acts of aggression.
Google and Facebook Accused of Breaking Electoral Silence in Russia
Bart Swiatek, 09 September 2019, 13:16
Facebook and Google were accused of breaking the electoral silence during the local elections held in Russia last Sunday. The companies were supposed to display advertisements and political spots in violation of the law. The Russian media supervisory authority has not informed about possible consequences for the companies.
USA vs China: Hardware Manufacturers Have Already Lost $10 Billion
Barth Faryna, 02 September 2019, 13:00
The trade war between the USA and China has entered a new phase. On September 1, this year US President Donald Trump introduced new customs duties on Chinese goods, which could hit consumers' wallets.
Australian MP on DayZ Ban: „We're Making Ourselves a Laughing Stock.”
Jacob Blazewicz, 18 August 2019, 18:48
Tim Quilty, a member of the Australian Liberal Democratic Party, spoke on the announced ban on the sale of DayZ. In his view, the decision of ACB rating organisation makes Australia the laughing stock of the world.
Take-Two CEO Against Blaming Video Games; Science: He's Right, You Know
Julia Dragovic, 06 August 2019, 12:58
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick referred to the words of Republicans, including Donald Trump, who after the events in El Paso and Dayton blamed video game for the shooting. In his corner of the ring, science is giving him water and tactical advice.
Obsidian: The Outer Worlds Will be Political, But Not Moralistic
Bart Swiatek, 05 July 2019, 14:24
Leonard Boyarsky, the creative director of Obsidian Entertainment, said in a press interview about how developers approach worldviews in the futuristic action RPG The Outer Worlds.
Mike Pondsmith: Cyberpunk is Full of Politics
Julia Dragovic, 02 July 2019, 12:10
In 1988, Mike Pondsmith created the pen&paper base for Cyberpunk 2077, and in his latest interview for Video Games Chronicle told us why there is no escaping from politics, corporations, and difficult questions in the Cyberpunk universe.
US President Donald Trump Postpones Huawei Trade Ban
Bart Swiatek, 01 July 2019, 12:36
US President Donald Trump decided to delay the trade ban on Huawei. This means that American companies will be able to do business with the Chinese giant almost as they have done up to now.
„Metal Gear is the Work of American intelligence,” says Russian minister
Frozen, 29 June 2019, 00:46
According to the Interfax press agency, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Andrey Kartapolov said before the State Duma that the Metal Gear series published by Konami is in fact a camouflaged project of the American secret service.
Consoles 25% more expensive? Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft Against Trump's Sanctions
Julia Dragovic, 27 June 2019, 15:12
Major console manufacturers Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft issued a joint statement opposing Donald Trump's proposal for 25% penalty duties on, among others, consoles manufactured in China. If sanctions are adopted, Switch, Xbox and PlayStation prices in the U.S. will rise by at least 25%.
US Government Shuts Down LoL in Iran and Syria
Bart Swiatek, 24 June 2019, 09:29
Sanctions imposed on Iran and Syria by the US government have resulted in gamers in in these Middle Eastern countries losing their ability to log into the popular MOBA League of Legends.
EA Defends Lootboxes: „It's a surprise mechanic.”
Jakub Mirowski, 20 June 2019, 12:33
During a government commission meeting in the UK, a representative of Electronic Arts compared lootboxes to Kinder Surprises and claimed that gamers liked this element of video games.
Russia Intends to Block 9 Popular VPN Services
Conrad Hazi, 11 June 2019, 12:19
The Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Roskomnadzor, intends to block access to 9 popular VPN services. In March this year, 10 large suppliers were to receive requirements on limiting access to websites. Only Kaspersky Lab agreed to implement them.
U.S. Senator Cracks Down on Loot boxes Targeted at Children
Jacob Blazewicz, 08 May 2019, 22:58
American Senator Josh Hawley has announced a proposal for the regulation of microtransactions in games. The law would prohibit the presence of loot boxes and pay-to-win elements in games for people under the age of 18.
FTC Will Investigate Loot Boxes
Bart Swiatek, 11 April 2019, 15:02
This August, the Federal Trade Commission will organize an open workshop on loot boxes and related issues, including their possible negative influence on the behavior of young gamers.
Real-Life Politician Banned in EVE Online for Corruption
Christian Pieniazek, 09 April 2019, 22:59
The career of Brisc Rubal (aka Brian W. Schoeneman in real life) in EVE Online has come to an end. The politician, who, according to CCP Games, was involved in corruption, was removed from CSM 13 and permanently banned.
Russia Briefly Pulls Plug on the Global Internet.
Conrad Hazi, 12 February 2019, 22:58
Russian press agencies inform of a planned experiment to cut off the Russian Federation from the global Internet.
Huawei Offered Bonuses for Spying
ElMundo, 06 February 2019, 22:38
US Government reports of an organized gratifications system for active spies working for the company, and cautions against using the company’s devices when building the new 5G network.
Swastikas and other Nazi symbols are no longer censored in German games. Here’s how it happened
Mathias Zulpo, 10 August 2018, 15:25
Swastikas and other Nazi symbols, banned from German video games for two decades, are back. Learn what made them unlawful, how it affected the industry, and what it took to bring them back.
Bolivia ready to take legal action against Ghost Recon: Wildlands
luckie, 03 March 2017, 18:23
As you probably know, the upcoming open-world action game Ghost Recon: Wildlands is set in Bolivia, which, for the sake of story, is depicted as controlled by drug traffickers. Guess what? The Bolivians don't like it.