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Electronic Arts Servers Hack was Easier Than You Might Think

Christian Pieniazek, 11 June 2021, 19:27

The hackers responsible for breaking into EA's servers have shared information on how the whole process went. From their description it seems that the procedure was not particularly complicated and did not require specialized knowledge, but... cleverness.

CD Projekt Hacker Attack May Have Been More Serious Than Assumed

Hubert Sledziewski, 11 June 2021, 10:15

CD Projekt has announced that during the hacking attack on the Polish company's servers in February this year, in addition to game source codes, its employees' personal data was probably also stolen.

EA Servers Hacked; Hackers Steal FIFA 21 Source Code

Hubert Sledziewski, 10 June 2021, 20:32

Motherboard reached information about a hacking of EA's servers. Hackers had stolen source codes for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine. EA confirmed that the attack.

British Investment Fund Demands CD Project Executives to Step Down

Milosz Szubert, 07 June 2021, 16:17

British investment firm Abri Advisors, one of CD Projekt's shareholders, has sent a special letter to the creators of The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077. It demands the immediate resignation of Adam Kicinski and Marcin Iwinski. Otherwise it will urge the remaining shareholders to replace the entire board.

RomUniverse Website Owner Loses to Nintendo; Will Pay Millions

Angelika Kaldus, 01 June 2021, 15:38

Nintendo has won in court against the owner of the RomUniverse website, who was accused of copyright infringement. Now, Matthew Storman must pay millions of dollars.

No More Cheating Coaches in CS:GO? Valve Has a Solution

Hubert Sledziewski, 30 May 2021, 21:08

In the latest update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve introduced a new feature - coaches' positions will be recorded in the round's backup files to prevent future cheating on their part.

Iran Bans Crypto Mining Due to Power Shortages

Sodar, 27 May 2021, 13:56

Iran is taking strong measures against crypto mining. By introducing a temporary ban, the local authorities are trying to prevent excessive energy consumption caused mainly by unregistered farms mining BTC, among other things.

GameDevPaidMe - Developers Reveal Their Earnings on Twitter

Ness, 12 May 2021, 20:17

Hashtag #GameDevPaidMe is trending on Twitter again, and just like a year ago, developers are revealing their earnings and encouraging fellow developers to break the conspiracy of silence.

Resident Evil Village Accused of Ripping Off Monsters From Frankenstein's Army

Przemyslaw Dygas, 11 May 2021, 16:25

Resident Evil Village introduced players to a wide range of monsters with interesting designs. It turns out that some of them may have been plagiarized.

RAM and VRAM Hikes Due to Price Collusion? There's a Lawsuit

Przemyslaw Dygas, 10 May 2021, 17:40

Another increase in DRAM prices may be the result of price collusion by the largest manufacturers. Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron have once again been charged by law firm Hagens Berman.

Reports Suggest Giant Leak of Epic Games User Data [UPDATED]

Bart Swiatek, 10 May 2021, 10:26

Reports that have surfaced online suggest that user data from Epicgames.com may have been leaked. The leak may include emails, account names and possibly passwords of more than 106 million people.

Lawsuit Against Sony Could Give Us Cheaper PS4 and PS5 Games

Szarmancki, 07 May 2021, 21:40

A class action lawsuit against Sony Interactive Entertainment could lower the prices on PlayStation Store. The lawsuit is aimed at Sony's monopoly in selling digital copies of games for PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles.

Devs Have to Pay for Cross-play on PlayStation

Bart Swiatek, 04 May 2021, 11:34

Documents presented during the lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple have revealed details about Sony's approach to cross-play. The Japanese company requires developers to pay extra in some situations.

Jason Schreier on Controversy Surrounding Bonus Distribution at CD Projekt

Milosz Szubert, 30 April 2021, 21:04

In his latest article published on Bloomberg, Jason Schreier touched on the subject of bonuses received by the bosses of CD Projekt and how they compare to the amounts received by other employees. The disproportion is very large.

Doom Eternal Gets Paid Skins, Despite Promises of No Microtransactions

Szarmancki, 30 April 2021, 20:22

Cosmetic DLCs for Doom Eternal has appeared, available for purchase for real cash. It was quite an unexpected decision, because the creative director of id Software insisted before the launch that the sequel will not feature any microtransactions.

Riot Games Shuts Down LoL Fan Project

Bart Swiatek, 29 April 2021, 16:04

League of Legends fans developing the so-called Chronoshift project were forced to abandon the work. Riot's way of handling the matter sparked controversy, specifically the way one of the studio's employees talked to a member of the project's devteam.

Russian Man Arrested in US for Laundering $336 Million in Bitcoin

Angelika Kaldus, 29 April 2021, 14:41

Roman Sterlingov allegedly laundered 1.2 million BTC, worth nearly $336 million. He was arrested in Los Angeles after 10 years of operating the Bitcoin Fog mixing service.

EA Denies Steering Players Into FUT

mikos, 27 April 2021, 17:48

EA responds to journalist's allegations that the company is trying to convince players to only play FUT.

Man Arrested for Attempting to Attack Creators of Genshin Impact

Bart Swiatek, 27 April 2021, 12:49

A few days ago, a man armed with a knife broke into the headquarters of the Chinese company miHoYo - devs of Genshin Impact, among other titles. According to media reports, his aim was to murder the studio's founders, and the motive was the changes introduced recently in one of the developer's productions.

Cryptocurrency Exchange CEO Flees With $2 Billion

Bartlomiej Sagan, 26 April 2021, 13:17

When it comes to stealing, there are sums worth taking risks for. This was probably the motto of the CEO of Thodex, a Turkish cryptocurrency trading platform, who fled to Albania after misappropriating $2 billion belonging to the investors.

Radeon RX 580 Recall Frauds Reported in China

Przemyslaw Dygas, 15 April 2021, 20:57

Chinese retailers have started scamming customers for AMD Radeon RX 580 GPUs, all due to their desire to make money from crypto mining.

WhatsApp Has a Serious Security Problem

Jacob Blazewicz, 14 April 2021, 21:30

WhatsApp has another problem. This time it's a security vulnerability that enables someone to easily block our access to our account.

Quantic Dream Acquitted of Racism and Unhealthy Culture

Agnes Adamus, 12 April 2021, 21:00

The Paris Court of Appeal has dismissed accusations of unhealthy atmosphere and racism at Quantic Dream. Following the verdict, the company released a statement regarding the entire case.

Dangerous CS:GO Exploit Enables Hackers to Steal Data Using Steam Invites

Qskan, 12 April 2021, 17:18

A dangerous exploit in CS:GO and other Source engine-based games has been revealed. The vulnerability allows for stealing passwords, skins and many other data. Valve was supposed to have known about it for two years and didn't react.

Jason Schreier Against Online Criticism, Claims Players are Not Objective

Bart Swiatek, 12 April 2021, 16:29

Jason Schreier, well-known gaming journalist who has covered many controversial issues in the past, commented on Twitter about the problem of gamer attitudes towards unpleasant information.

Facebook Will Not Warn Users Affected by Data Leak

Evil96, 09 April 2021, 15:15

Facebook has no plans to warn users whose data got leaked online. The website believes it has done everything it can to take care of security.

Availability of PC Components is so Bad It Pays Off Smuggling Them on Fishing Boats

Sodar, 08 April 2021, 17:13

Customs officers in Hong Kong stopped a fishing boat filled with contraband, including PC components. The shortage of computer parts is so bad that smugglers have decided to cut a slice of the pie for themselves.

Loot Boxes are Gambling and Ruin Less Well-off Players, Claim UK Researchers

Jacob Blazewicz, 02 April 2021, 17:29

Researchers from Great Britain published an extensive report on loot boxes. The authors prove that the mechanic does indeed fall under the category of gambling and, moreover, it has a tendency to become addictive for people with not very high salaries.

CoD: Cold War Devs Send DMCA to Website That Wrote About Leaks

Bart Swiatek, 02 April 2021, 14:26

Activision has sent a DMCA complaint - a charge of copyright infringement - against a Twitter account belonging to Video Games Chronicle. The cause is a post regarding a leak related to Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War.

Android Sends 20 Times More of Your Data Than iPhone

Sodar, 01 April 2021, 15:23

Google can collect up to 20 times more data than Apple. That's according to a controversial study published by a researcher at a Dublin university.

Sega Accuses SteamDB of Piracy, Yakuza: Like a Dragon Page Removed

Bart Swiatek, 30 March 2021, 10:34

Japanese company Sega has sent SteamDB a request to remove the game page of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. The publisher claims that the website is engaged in piracy.

Activision Demands Shutdown of CoD Warzone Stats Website

Agnes Adamus, 28 March 2021, 19:30

Activision has sent a C&D letter to the creators of SBMM Warzone. The website collects data on users' statistics, which, according to the American company, among other things, violates their copyrights.

Online Petition Wants Six Days in Fallujah Canceled

Przemyslaw Dygas, 26 March 2021, 15:05

Six Days in Fallujah stirrs more and more controversy among gamers and developers. In the Internet there is even a petition demanding the to be canceled.

Steam Refused to Sell Game Because of Excessive Nudity

Przemyslaw Dygas, 22 March 2021, 18:56

Super Seducer 3 will not appear on Steam. Valve deemed the game too close to pornography.

China Accuses Elon Musk and Tesla of Spying

Bart Swiatek, 22 March 2021, 16:48

According to reports by Reuters, cars manufactured by the American company Tesla have been banned in the Chinese army - they cannot be driven into military facilities and key corporations owned by the authorities. The reason is said to be concerns about espionage.

Angry Players Review Bomb Nier Automata on Steam

Adrian Werner, 22 March 2021, 10:57

NieR: Automata's card on Steam was flooded with negative reviews. Gamers are furious that this particular release received no fixes, despite the fact that a much improved version of the game debuted on Game Pass a few days ago.

Hacker Steals Almost $6 Million in Crypto Tokens

Sodar, 19 March 2021, 14:42

Cryptocurrency website Roll fell victim to a hacker attack. Cybercriminals cracked passwords and stole the equivalent of $5.7 million in Ethereum-based tokens.

Apple Yields to Russia, Will Install Government-approved Apps

Capitalny, 18 March 2021, 12:01

Apple has agreed to pre-install software approved by the Russian government on its hardware. The new rules set by the country's Ministry of Digitization will take effect next month.

Riot's Investigation Finds CEO Innocent, Plaintiff Accused of Witness Tampering

Szarmancki, 18 March 2021, 10:36

Riot Games has hired a law firm, independent of the recent harassment and gender discrimination case, to investigate Nicolo Laurent. As the evidence gathered showed, there is nothing to indicate the CEO's guilt. Instead, information gathered during the investigation suggests that alleged victim offered bribes to witnesses.

Activision Blizzard Investors Concerned About Bobby Kotick's Bonuses

Przemyslaw Dygas, 17 March 2021, 14:47

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will receive further bonuses despite continuing layoffs at the company. The situation has the investors worried.

Hogwarts Legacy Producer's Departure Unrelated to Controversy

Bart Swiatek, 16 March 2021, 10:21

Troy Leavitt - the producer of Hogwarts Legacy, who left Avalanche Studios at the beginning of March - explained his decision. The reason were serious family problems that would prevent him from devoting proper attention to the project.

Electronic Arts Comments on #EAGate Scandal; Admits a Mistake

Paul Musiolik, 14 March 2021, 20:24

After a few days, Electronic Arts commented on the #EAGate scandal, in which employees of the company sold access to the best cards in FUT. EA admitted the mistake and apologized.

Walter Isaacson Believes Facebook and Twitter Make Money on Enraging Users

Bart Swiatek, 11 March 2021, 18:29

According to the American writer and biographer Walter Isaacson - author of the biography of Steve Jobs - social media specifically heat up the emotions to make money on them.

Steam Download Almost Grinds to a Halt in Russia Because of Local Authorities

Bart Swiatek, 11 March 2021, 16:01

Due to the decision of the Russian telecommunications agency Roskomnadzor, the operation of some websites and online services has been greatly slowed down. One of the platforms that have suffered is Steam.

Massive Scandal Hits FUT and EA Sports; Employee Accused of Selling Cards

Paul Musiolik, 10 March 2021, 22:28

A massive scandal has rocked the world of FUT and FIFA. An EA employee was accused on Twitter of trading cards for real cash, which is allegedly impossible, according to EA.

Six Days in Fallujah Will Touch on Politics, Publisher Changes Stance

Ness, 08 March 2021, 21:28

The publisher of Six Days in Fallujah changes its approach to dealing with difficult and political topics. In a statement on Twitter, the creators informed that the game will feature representatives from both sides of the conflict.

Assassin's Creed Fans Want to Boycott Helix Store and Microtransactions

Bart Swiatek, 08 March 2021, 17:34

A gamer has decided to create a petition on Change.org, calling on Ubisoft to remove microtransactions from the next Assassin's Creed game and offer free content instead to keep the players engaged for longer.

Lootboxes Only for Adults, New German Law One Step Away

Ness, 06 March 2021, 18:38

The Bundestag has passed an amendment to the law on the protection of minors. The amendment recognises loot boxes as harmful to the development of children. It only needs the approval of the second chamber of parliament to enter into force.

It Takes Two Director Calls Cyberpunk 2077 Criticism a Witch Hunt

Jacob Blazewicz, 05 March 2021, 17:31

Not everyone is thrilled with the widespread criticism of CD Projekt RED. Hazelight's Josef Fares believes that while complaints about Cyberpunk 2077 are justified, the reactions of many people are unfair to the developers.

Lead Dev of Hogwarts Legacy Quits Over Controversial YouTube Channel

Qskan, 05 March 2021, 13:01

Troy Leavitt, one of the developers working on Hogwarts Legacy, announced on Twitter his departure from Avalanche Software. This most likely has to do with the discovery of the developer's former YouTube channel, where he posted content attacking feminism and progressive approaches to gaming, among other things.