YouTube Considers Robot Fights as Animal Abuse?
XxX, today, 13:53
YouTube has recently removed hundreds of videos depicting robot fights. However, the most absurd in this whole matter is the reason for the decision: it is said that the video violated the rules on cruelty to animals.
Australian DayZ Censorship Will Affect Players All Over the World [Updated]
Christian Pieniazek, yesterday, 12:25
Due to the presence of drugs, DayZ was banned in Australia. The team at Bohemia Interactive has decided to make changes that will affect players from all over the world.
Apex Legends Devs Apologize for Insulting Gamers
XxX, 20 August 2019, 13:34
Recently Respawn Entertainment - the creators of Apex Legends - engaged in a heated, but somewhat unnecessary argument dissatisfied players on Reddit. Some unpleasant words were said, things got personal, and many people behaved unprofessionally. The only thing that was missing, was an apology.
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.
Apex Legends Devs Apologize for Microtransactions
Jacob Blazewicz, 18 August 2019, 18:02
Respawn Entertainment has published a press release in connection with the Iron Crown event in Apex Legends. The creators apologized for the new microtransactions and announced some changes.
Sqare Enix Cancels Tournaments Due to Death Threats Against Employees
Conrad Hazi, 17 August 2019, 22:36
Due to death threats against its employees, the publisher has decided to cancel four Starwing Paradox tournaments, which were to be held in Japan in the near future. This is yet another incident of this type that has recently affected Square Enix.
Fortnite - Epic Removes „New” Version of an Exclusive Item
Paul Wozniak, 15 August 2019, 20:21
Epic Games has tried to sell a new cosmetic item that resembled one previously available on season 6 battle pass, but after the players had expressed a negative opinion, the skin was completely removed from the game.
„You owe us $300,000,” Say Subnautica's Creators to G2A [Updated]
Conrad Hazi, 14 August 2019, 23:20
The dispute between developers and G2A is raging on and it does not look like anything is going to change in the near future. The tool proposed by the platform to block keys not intended for sale did not arouse much interest among the devs and caused further controversies.
Misgendering Borderlands 3 Character FL4K May Get You Banned
Paul Wozniak, 14 August 2019, 22:37
If the character FL4K is incorrectly (and intentionally) referred to as „he” instead of „they”, it will result in a ban on the account on the official Borderlands 3. According to one of the moderators, this is a violation of rules concerning hate speech.
League of Legends - Riot Introduces Paid Achievements, Gamers Riot
XxX, 14 August 2019, 13:05
With the 9.17 update, League of Legends will be enhanced with a system of achievements based on heroes - the so-called Eternals. There would be nothing controversial about that if it were not for the fact that the only way to get a set of achievements is to buy with the in-game currency, which can only be obtained with real money.
Facebook Eavesdropped on User Voice Messages Through Third-Parties
Bart Swiatek, 14 August 2019, 12:54
Zuckerberg's social networking website commissioned external companies to transcribe private voice messages of its users. The official objective was to check the effectiveness of the AI developed by the company.
Ninja vs. Twitch - Streamer's Old Channel Used to Promote Porn
Paul Wozniak, 12 August 2019, 14:13
Ninjy's old Twitch profile was used to promote the most popular live streams. Unfortunately, latest night a channel broadcasting pornographic content was very popular and thus appeared in the proposals on the streamer's website.
Borderlands 3 Publishers Continue Their Crusade Against SupMatto
Ender, 12 August 2019, 01:19
In response to a video posted by youtuber SupMatto, in which he described an unpleasant meeting with detectives sent to him by 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive, the publishers attacked his channel using the copyright protection system. They were able to block over a hundred clips and streams of the creator.
Walmart Hides Violent Games and ESPN Drops Apex Legends Tournament
Frozen, 09 August 2019, 21:18
Walmart ordered its employees to remove violent video games from the display, and ESPN cancels Apex Legends tournament broadcast. Both were caused by the recent shootings in the United States.
Expert: „Games as Responsible For Shootings as Bananas For Suicides”
Bart Swiatek, 09 August 2019, 13:27
In connection with the tragic events in the United States, comments have been made that the responsible for them is a „culture of violence”, which is to be manifested, among other things, in video games. Scientists from the universities of Stetson and New Virginia have debunked this thesis, hard.
Take-Two vs. SupMatto - Publisher of Borderlands 3 Takes the Floor
Julia Dragovic, 08 August 2019, 15:07
The still unconfirmed visit of Take-Two Interactive's „unofficial representatives” to youtuber SupMatto's home is related to the company's confirmed ten-month-long investigation into leaks of information about the game.
Borderlands 3 - Take-Two Allegedly Sent PIs After a Youtuber
Julia Dragovic, 07 August 2019, 17:07
SupMatto, a youtuber associated with the Borderlands series, is suspending his career after a visit by detectives reportedly employed by Take-Two Interactive (owner of 2K Games). After revealing the leaks, his life on the Internet has become much more... uphill, to put it mildly.
Rockstar Games is Starting to Treat its Employees Better
Bart Swiatek, 07 August 2019, 11:39
Rockstar Games has offered full-time employment contracts to testers of its games and has changed some of the draconian rules that led to some very bad working conditions. According to last year's reports, those in this group were among the most exploited workers in the British studio.
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.
E3 Leaks Personal Data of More Than 2,000 Participants
Konrad Serafinski, 04 August 2019, 18:15
Personal data of over 2,000 E3 2019 participants leaked to the web. The list of victims include journalists, YouTubers and developers. Michal Manka, the editor of our sister website GryOnline, commented on the whole situation and its consequences.
Several Features Will Get to Epic Games Store Later Than Expected
Bart Swiatek, 02 August 2019, 14:06
The developers of Epic Games Store are past the deadline for some of the new features that the platform was due to receive last month. The new features has been moved to August, as we know from the schedule update on Trello.
Youtubers Seek Help Among Trade Unions
Bart Swiatek, 29 July 2019, 21:25
A group of content creators - YouTube Union has established a partnership with German trade union IG Metall. Together, two organizations have launched FairTube initiative, which calls, among other things, for greater transparency regarding the rules of video monetization.
Devs of Uncharted and The Last of Us About Crunch in Naughty Dog
Konrad Serafinski, 27 July 2019, 22:28
It turns out that the topic of crunch touches even the most valued developer studios. This is also the case with Naughty Dog, whose former and current employees shared some information from behind the scenes.
GTA Online - List of Countries That Banned the New Casino
Bart Swiatek, 25 July 2019, 17:50
It seems that gamers from several countries can't access gambling in GTA Online. Reddit users have prepared an extensive list of countries whose laws prohibit the use of such solutions.
Nintendo Comments on Defective Joy-Cons [Updated]
Frozen, 24 July 2019, 15:53
The Japanese company commented on the problem of „drifting” Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch console. However, it was not the answer the fans were hoping for.
The Controversial FaceApp is Registered in Russia
Julia Dragovic, 18 July 2019, 11:52
Wireless Lab, the owner of FaceApp, is registered in Russia, which raises some doubts among its users. The developers have already made an official statement, and in the United States, Senator Chuck Schumer has written a letter to the FBI asking for an investigation into the processing of user data.
Kickstarter Suspends Fundraiser for RAW, a GTA Online Clone
Bart Swiatek, 16 July 2019, 13:20
Kickstarter has suspended the campaign for RAW - a GTA Online clone, which is being developed by a small, independent team. In the opinion of the platform's representative, the project did not meet the principles of transparency and honesty.
Ubisoft Criticized for Outsourcing Music to Watch Dogs Legion
Bart Swiatek, 16 July 2019, 11:44
Ubisoft announced that the music for Watch Dogs: Legion will be created using HitRecord, a platform that allows amateurs to develop works for a given project and rewards them in proportion to their contribution if their work has been used. Many composers and developers did not like this decision.
Facebook Faces Record Financial Penalty; Company's Stocks Go Up
Paul Wozniak, 15 July 2019, 15:22
The Federal Trade Commission has accepted an agreement whereby Facebook will have to pay USD 5 billion. The record amount did not deter investors, and the company's stock prices increased by almost 2%.
iPhone 6 Explodes in the Hands of an 11-year-old Girl
Paul Wozniak, 15 July 2019, 12:55
Apple is trying to figure out what could have caused the iPhone 6 to explode in the hands of an 11-year-old girl. So far, the cause of the malfunction is unknown.
Gears 5 Drops Cigars as Devs do not Want to Promote Smoking
Adrian Werner, 14 July 2019, 18:11
The Coalition has announced that no cigars will appear in Gears 5 in order not to encourage players to smoke. In addition, a 25-minute gameplay from the multiplayer mode of the game was released on the web.
G2A Offers Devs Tool For Blocking Illegal Keys
Jacob Blazewicz, 12 July 2019, 23:52
G2A again addressed the controversy surrounding the sale of game keys. The platform proposes to devs to create a special tool that would allow automatic blocking of codes obtained by „unethical” methods.
Ubisoft Prepares Bans For Rainbow Six: Siege Players
Julia Dragovic, 10 July 2019, 21:15
Due to a bug in Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege spamming emots in chat will freeze the game. The company has just introduced the necessary changes, and the second stage of repairs is a ban campaign. You don't have to wait until December 6 to get the coal.
G2A Defends Itself by Breaking Journalist Ethics?
Jacob Blazewicz, 08 July 2019, 23:10
Another affair has broken out over G2A. An e-mail from an employee of the company got leaked, in which the employee encourages a journalist to publish a G2A's article without labelling it as sponsored. The platform has dissociated itself from these allegedly unauthorized activities.
After Layoffs Blizzard is Recruiting Again... For the Same Positions
Julia Dragovic, 05 July 2019, 15:38
After a considerable purge of staff, Blizzard started recruiting Community Managers for Hearthstone. It would not be surprising if it were not for the fact that six months ago, for financial reasons, the company fired all of them. Former employees are not particularly satisfied with this fact, to put it mildly. Some of them are still unemployed.
CEO of Paradox Interactive Defends DLCs
Milosz Szubert, 05 July 2019, 13:55
Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox, has decided to defend the Swedish company's policy of issuing DLC. He called it „a fair and balanced way to publish content” on Twitter, although not without its flaws.
Triternion Denies Planning Character Exclusion Options in Mordhau
Julia Dragovic, 03 July 2019, 22:22
After „unfortunate” statements by its developers about the toxicity of the players and the option of „disabling” women and non-Caucasian characters, Triternion, the developer of Mordhau, issued an official statement explaining any misunderstandings.
Epic Games Will Offer Refunds For Pledgers of Shenmue 3 Kickstarter
Bart Swiatek, 03 July 2019, 14:29
Studio Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver have changed their decision. Players who are not satisfied with the option of getting an Epic Games Store key as a reward for the money they pledged to the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter campaign will be able to request a refund. Returns will be funded by Epic Games.
Mordhau Will Enable Us to „Disable” Women? Tocixity Reports by Gamers
Bart Swiatek, 02 July 2019, 16:19
PCGamer reports that the online action game Mordhau has a serious problem with the toxicity of its community. Developers at Triternion say they're trying to improve the situation, but they don't want to censor players - instead they prefer to put control in their hands. However, some of their ideas are highly controversial.
Paradox Interactive: Traditional Video Game Profit Share is Scandalous
Bart Swiatek, 02 July 2019, 14:09
Fredrick Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive, believes that the traditional 70/30 distribution of profits between developers and owners of digital distribution platforms is scandalous and outdated. He believes that Epic Games Store is having a very positive impact on the industry. This opinion was shared by several other devs.
Devs: Better Pirate Games than Use G2A
Julia Dragovic, 02 July 2019, 13:39
Developers have just given us a written conscent. Download our games from the torrents instead of buying G2A keys - this is what Mike Rose from No More Robots and Rami Ismail from Vlambeer want the players to do.
9 Million Users Spend More Than 3 Hours a Day in Candy Crush Saga
Frozen, 01 July 2019, 17:58
According to King's senior vice president, more than 9 million players spend between three and six hours a day playing free-to-play title Candy Crush Saga. However, the studio representative assures that the production does not have addictive properties.
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.
Halo: Reach Beta Leaked. Play it, and You Will be Banned
Julia Dragovic, 01 July 2019, 11:41
Halo: Reach PC beta has been leaked to the Internet. By downloading or playing a copy of the trial version, you are risking a ban to all of the developer's games - including those that have not yet been created.
Epic Games CEO: Lack of Steam Keys to Shenmue 3 is Valve's Fault
Paul Wozniak, 29 June 2019, 22:14
According to the CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, the lack of keys distribution via Steam is the fault of Valve. Their policy doesn't allow this in the case of games that have their release outside of their service.
„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.
Jason Schreier Investigation: ''Working on CoD Black Ops 4 Was Hell''
Adrian Werner, 27 June 2019, 23:08
Thanks to Kotaku we learned about the terrible working conditions at Treyarch, the studio known from the Call of Duty: Black Ops series. Testers were the ones who had it worst.
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%.
Leader of Teamfight Tactics Beta Rankings on Sexism in Gaming
Julia Dragovic, 26 June 2019, 23:35
Riot Games has published a ranking of its closed beta tests of Teamfight Tactics, the new mode for League of Legends. The first place went to a girl – streamer going by the name Hafu. It would seem a reason for her to be overjoyed. And yet...
Tim Sweeney Explains Why Epic Games Bets on Exclusive Titles
Frozen, 26 June 2019, 23:09
Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, explained on Twitter why the strategy of mass buying of exclusive titles, though unpopular, is beneficial to gamers.