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Russians Fulfil Their Threat; STALKER 2 Footage Leaked
Jacob Blazewicz, 16 March 2023, 11:15
The hackers who broke into the servers of GSC Game World have kept their word. Materials from S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl has hit the web, including gameplay footage.
Fortnite Devs Must Pay Cheated Gamers and Parents as Much as $245 Million
Sonia Selerska, 15 March 2023, 14:51
The Federal Trade Commission has made a final decision on fines for Epic Games. Fortnite's business model was deemed a threat to players.
Bleak Faith Excessively Inspired by Elden Ring; Devs Accused of Theft [UPDATE]
Adrian Werner, 15 March 2023, 14:11
The creators of Bleak Faith: Forsaken have been accused of stealing animations from Elden Ring. However, they are most likely not the ones to blame for the situation.
Scandals Surrounding Disco Elysium Devs are Slowly Settling
Zuzanna Domeradzka, 15 March 2023, 13:22
The dispute between ZA/UM, the studio responsible for Disco Elysium, and its former employees is apparently slowly coming to an end. Kaur Kender has responded to court orders for payment related to the lawsuit he filed, which was withdrawn in December.
Russian 'Fans' Threaten to Leak STALKER 2 Content if GSC Doesn't Apologize
Krzysztof Kaluzinski, 13 March 2023, 11:01
Disgruntled fans from Russia are blackmailing the developers of STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl. They intend to release tens of gigabytes of game data if GSC Game World does not meet their demands.
Police Raided Dark and Darker Devs; Team Reassures
Marcin Przala, 09 March 2023, 15:18
One of the local offices of Dark and Darker devs was raided by police. Korean team is defusing the situation and assuring that everything is under control. However, conflicting information on the subject is appearing online.
Sony Suggests Microsoft Could Sabotage Call of Duty on PlayStation
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 March 2023, 13:35
Bugs, missing features and a higher price of Call of Duty. Such ploys, according to Sony, may be used by Microsoft to discourage gamers from PlayStation after Activision Blizzard acquisition.
Activision Accused of Unjustly Firing Workers; Company Defends Itself
Jakub Tarchala, 02 March 2023, 11:58
Activision has its faults, as evidenced by another lawsuit filed by the CWA. The association noted some irregularities allegedly committed by Activision when firing two of its employees.
The Day Before Devs Show Their Faces and Convince That the Game Really Exists
Michal Ciezadlik, 17 February 2023, 16:20
The developers responsible for The Day Before have released video footage showing the alleged development of the game from 2019 to now. However, there is still a stench of controversy surrounding studio Fntastic.
Steam Removed Legally Purchased Game Copies [UPDATE #2]
Michal Ciezadlik, 17 February 2023, 15:52
An unusual situation has affected players who purchased the Deponia Saga bundle some time ago. Legally purchased, the first part of the series disappeared from the buyers' Steam accounts for no apparent reason. The developers are looking into the matter.
We May Witness One of the Biggest Gaming Scams in Recent Years; Internet Analyzes The Day Before [UPDATE #2]
Adrian Werner, 14 February 2023, 13:57
The developers of The Day Before have again been caught copying other people's works. The latest trailer for the game is full of scenes pulled straight from famous games.
Nobody Wants LoL's Source Code? Hackers Lower the Price of Stolen Data
Hubert Sledziewski, 10 February 2023, 13:04
The hackers responsible for the recent attack on Riot Games are apparently having trouble fencing their loot. The minimum price for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics source codes and anti-cheater software has been lowered.
Take-Two Tired of Courts; Publisher Wants Settlement With GTA Mod Makers
Jakub Tarchala, 08 February 2023, 15:14
Modders who have not bowed to Take-Two can count on an amicable resolution of the matter. Perhaps this sends a clear message to other mod developers that the publisher is only threatening the modders to „buy time.”.
The Day Before Devs Assure That the Game Exists; Everyone Will 'Wee the Truth Soon' [UPDATE]
Wiktor Szczesny, 02 February 2023, 13:30
The confusion surrounding The Day Before continues. The game has disappeared from Steam, and the release has been delayed for several months. The suspicious and unexpected situation surrounding Fntastic's game has caused some people to question the existence of the title.
Hackers Didn't Get $10 Million From Riot; LoL's Source Code for Sale
Kamil Kleszyk, 29 January 2023, 23:34
After Riot Games categorically refused to pay the ransom for the stolen League of Legends code, the hackers decided to put it up for auction. The price is sizable.
The Day Before Significantly Delayed; Pulled From Steam [UPDATE]
Jakub Tarchala, 26 January 2023, 16:09
There has been a lot of talk about The Day Before lately. The game has been pulled from Steam, players have not received the promised gameplay video, and the release has been delayed. The developers cite a dispute over the rights to the game's title as the reason.
Blizzard Veteran Quits in Protest Against Employee Ranking
Adrian Werner, 24 January 2023, 12:25
One of Blizzard's studio veterans has left the company in protest against the introduction of an employee ranking system, which he believes is unfair and spoils the team culture.
Blizzard Pissed Off NetEase; Orc Demolition Livestream
Jacob Blazewicz, 19 January 2023, 14:07
NetEase is not happy with Blizzard's decision to end its partnership. The Chinese developer has made it clear what it thinks of the American studio's decision.
Group of Callisto Protocol Devs Omitted in Credits
Adrian Werner, 10 January 2023, 11:53
Credit roll of The Callisto Protocol missed any mention of the sizable group of developers who worked on the title.
Microsoft Digs Up Dirt - Sony Blocks Release of Several Xbox Games
Kamil Kleszyk, 23 December 2022, 17:49
From Microsoft's latest report, we learn that Sony was set to block the release of several major Xbox titles. Among them are Final Fantasy VII Remake and Silent Hill 2 Remake.
Russia Bans Games With 'LGBT Propaganda'
Jacob Blazewicz, 08 December 2022, 12:28
An amendment to a law that bans the distribution of 'LGBT propaganda' has gone into effect in Russia. Also in video games.
Nintendo at War With Fans? Tournament Organizers Will Lose Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars [UPDATE: Ludwig Saves SWT]
Jacob Blazewicz, 05 December 2022, 11:31
Nintendo knows how to make gamers angry. For example, by once again working against the fans of one of its popular series.
Court Battle With Disco Elysium 2 in the Background; Details Revealed
Kamil Kleszyk, 27 November 2022, 21:07
The situation of Disco Elysium 2 is becoming increasingly complicated. In the course of the ongoing court battle, more information related to the potentially fraudulent activities of ZA/UM studio's owners is coming to light.
Bethesda Accuses Mick Gordon of Distorting Truth; Doom's Composer Doesn't Back Down
Jacob Blazewicz, 17 November 2022, 16:36
Bethesda has responded to the allegations of the composer of Doom Eternal, but also does not intend to tolerate harassment of either him or id Software employees.
Russia Wants to Ban Games With 'LGBT Propaganda,' Such as Fallout and The Last of Us
Kamil Kleszyk, 13 November 2022, 19:13
There are many indications that Russia has taken aim at another old enemy. This time it's the game market, among others, and specifically games 'promoting LGBT ideology.' The local officials are considering banning such titles in the country.
Doom Fans Demand Justice for Mick Gordon
Zuzanna Domeradzka, 11 November 2022, 13:20
The recent high-profile scandal involving the author of Doom Eternal's soundtrack has outraged many fans. They are demanding justice for Mick Gordon.
God of War Ragnarok Collector's Edition Lacks Game Code; Sony Fails Again
Michal Ciezadlik, 10 November 2022, 16:41
Players report that some of the collector's edition bundles of God of War: Ragnarok are missing the most important element - the game itself!
Doom Scandal; Mick Gordon Accuses Devs of Ruining His Career
Sonia Selerska, 10 November 2022, 15:58
We learned new facts about the development process of Doom Eternal and the controversial behavior of studio members. The author of the soundtrack claims that we were all lied to, and he himself was a victim of harassment.
God of War Ragnarok Reviewer Threatened With Death
Kamil Kleszyk, 08 November 2022, 11:34
God of War Ragnarok is collecting fantastic reviews from industry experts. A critic from South Korea decided to break out of this group. The game's low score did not please fans of the series, who are now threatening him with death.
New Shadow Falls on Atomic Heart; New Rumors of Chaos in Studio
Adrian Werner, 06 November 2022, 20:10
Reports have surfaced online about the problems of the studio working on Atomic Heart. Developers are said to be complaining about crunch, unpaid bonuses and a lot of chaos in production.
CoD Player Visited Activision to Complain About Ban
Jakub Tarchala, 03 November 2022, 12:16
A wave of unjust bans and overloaded hotline at Activision forced an American gamer to go to the studio's HQ in person. The case has gained publicity, although opinions on the incident are divided.
She Lied to Gamers, Now Responds to Accusations and Calls Gamedevs Greedy
Adrian Werner, 25 October 2022, 12:12
Voice actress Hellena Taylor, known for the first two installments of the Bayonetta series, has responded to reports accusing her of misrepresenting the salary she was to be offered for her performance in the third installment of the series.
Disco Elysium Devs Sue ZA/UM
Hubert Sledziewski, 24 October 2022, 13:56
Robert Kurvitz, creative director of Disco Elysium, has sued the Estonian studio ZA/UM. The case has to do with a recent scandal and the alleged involuntary departure of three people from the development team.
Bayonetta 3 Devs Ask Fans to Respect Voice Actresses
Damian Mista, 21 October 2022, 16:20
The studio developing Bayonetta 3 is calling for withhelding of comments at the actresses providing the voice of the game's main character. PlatinumGames says it appreciates the contributions of every co-creator in the series.
Actress May Have Deceived Millions of Gamers, Schreier Claims
Adrian Werner, 19 October 2022, 13:25
It turns out that the matter of the voice actress' resignation from her appearance in Bayonetta 3 is not as simple as it seemed. Taylor may have told mistruth in reporting how much she was offered for the job.
Bayonetta Voice Actress Calls for Boycott of Bayonetta 3 Over Insulting Pay [UPDATE]
Adrian Werner, 17 October 2022, 11:36
The female lead voice actor in the first two Bayonetta games revealed that she will not return in the third installment, as PlatinumGames offered her a insultingly low salary.
CD Projekt RED Unhappy With Cyberpunk 2077 QA; Quantic Lab Employees Speak Out
Adam Adamczyk, 11 October 2022, 17:08
Quantic Lab, the company involved in testing of Cyberpunk 2077, was alleged to have knowingly lied to the developer about the experience of its employees. The affair is making waves.
„Fans Have the Right to Know” - Disco Elysium Co-Creator Talks ZA/UM Losing With the System
Karol Laska, 06 October 2022, 15:05
The sad news of ZA/UM Cultural Association's dissolution and the firing of key figures from the studio that gave us Disco Elysium have left many players hurting. We talked the man who delivered it to the public.
ZA/UM Responds to Scandal Surrounding Disco Elysium 2 and Staff Departures
Jacob Blazewicz, 04 October 2022, 12:27
The studio behind Disco Elysium has released a statement indicating that it is focusing on its next project and doesn't really want to talk about the departure of the key developers of this successful RPG.
'Zero Tolerance for Threats'; Respawn Warns Players
Miriam Moszczynska, 23 September 2022, 14:09
Apex Legends players have overdid it with criticism. Respawn Entertainment has firmly reminded them that there is a clear, impassable line between feedback and hating.
Youtuber Accidentally Revealed as Source of Assassin's Creed Leaks [UPDATE]
Kamil Kleszyk, 23 September 2022, 11:32
A well-known industry leaker nicknamed The Real Insider has accidentally revealed his true identity. As a result, it turned out that the person publishing game leaks is youtuber Dan Allen Gaming.
Rockstar Addresses GTA 6 Leak in Official Statement
Jacob Blazewicz, 19 September 2022, 16:28
Rockstar Games is disappointed by the massive data leak and unofficial reveal of Grand Theft Auto 6.
Assassin's Creed Red in Trouble; Devs Don't Want to Work on It
Kamil Kleszyk, 13 September 2022, 15:21
An anonymous Ubisoft employee has revealed that despite an alleged improvement in the behavior of Assassin's Creed Red creative director Jonathan Dumont, subordinates do not want to participate in the project under his leadership.
Xbox's Call of Duty Offer was 'Inadequate,' PlayStation Head Says
Kamil Kleszyk, 08 September 2022, 12:15
It appears that Microsoft's offer that Call of Duty would remain on Sony consoles for three years beyond the end of the current contract has been rejected. PlayStation chief Jim Ryan said the proposal was 'inadequate.'.
RDR2 Player Punished for Reporting Cheaters
Jacob Blazewicz, 02 September 2022, 14:21
Rockstar Games is apparently not interested in fighting cheaters in Red Dead Redemption 2. At least judging by the recent scandal with a player being fined for reporting cheaters, despite the developer's (partial) retraction of that decision.
Valve Banned Curators for Violating Steam Regulations
Miriam Moszczynska, 31 August 2022, 14:56
Valve has stepped in to address the attack on BROK the InvestiGator. The creator's name has been cleared, and players are having second thoughts about the curator's role on Steam.
They Wanted Free Steam Keys, Now They Review Bomb
Sebastian Grys, 29 August 2022, 15:01
Developer of a video game intentionally sent incorrect Steam keys to fake curators. They took revenge on him in the reviews.
Sony PlayStation Faces Class Action Lawsuit Amounting to 5 Billion Pounds
Michal Ciezadlik, 22 August 2022, 13:59
Sony's got trouble in the UK. A 5 billion pound class action lawsuit has been filed against the company for „ripping people off” when they make purchases through the PlayStation Store.
Rockstar Silences GTA Co-creators Citing Copyright Infringement
Jakub Tarchala, 22 August 2022, 12:32
According to former developer from DMA Design (Rockstar North), Rockstar Games has started silencing former employees who know too much about the GTA series.
Another Cryptocurrency Game Fails; Players Lose Money
Jacob Blazewicz, 19 August 2022, 14:58
Untamed Isles has not yet been canceled, but the discontinuation of work and the failure to accept refunds of Kickstarter pledges bode poorly for a game intended to combine Pokemon with MMORPG.