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Plague Inc. Removed From Chinese App Store for „Illegal” Content

Paul Wozniak, yesterday, 19:31

Plague Inc. was removed from the Chinese App Store. The reason for this is „content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China”. For the time being we do not know the exact reasons for such a decision, although it can be assumed that it is related to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

EA Bans a Youtuber in All its Games and Services

Adrian Werner, 25 February 2020, 14:55

Electronic Arts resorted to the harshest penalty in a violent conflict with the player known as Kurt0411. He got banned in all the games and services of this publisher.

Sex Mod for Red Dead Redemption 2 Removed

Paul Wozniak, 25 February 2020, 13:46

The RDR2 mof allowing for animated sex scenes was taken offline yesterday. For now, it is not even known whether it was the creator himself who decided to remove it, or whether NexusMods, where the mod was available, did it.

Activision vs. Reddit – Discussion About Call of Duty Warzone Leak

Frozen, 22 February 2020, 22:01

Activision demands Reddit to disclose the private details of the person responsible for the leak of CoD: Warzone - an unannounced battle royale game from the Call of Duty franchise.

Controversial Sex Mod Returns in RDR2; Publisher is Displeased

Bart Swiatek, 21 February 2020, 14:10

Red Dead Redemption 2 has recently been modified to allow for animated sex acts. The mod does not contain nudity and only uses assets that were already in the game, but the publisher and developer nevertheless requested the creator to remove it from the web.

Persona 5 Royal - Atlus Will Remove Homophobic Content From the Game

Jacob Blazewicz, 17 February 2020, 22:33

Atlus Studio has announced changes in dialogues in the western edition of Persona 5 Royal. The devs want to modify the spoken issues of homosexual characters, which caused a storm after the release of the original Persona 5.

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.

Apple Punished for Slowing Down Older Phones - Again

Julia Dragovic, 09 February 2020, 23:26

France has imposed a fine of €25 million on Apple for deceptive marketing practices. This is the result of the iOS update scandal, which began in 2017 and resulted in lawsuits in France, Italy, the USA and Israel.

Blizzard Automatizes Warcraft 3: Reforged Refunds

Jacob Blazewicz, 07 February 2020, 22:06

Blizzard has enabled players to automatically get a refund for Warcraft III: Reforged. CEO J. Allen Brack commented on the failed attempt to refresh the iconic game, admitting that it has been a difficult week for the company.

In 2019, Steam Intervened in 44 Cases of Review Bombing

Jacob Blazewicz, 07 February 2020, 16:57

Valve has published a summary of 2019 on Steam. In addition to data on the platform's popularity and new features, the company has also revealed how many times it was forced to intervene in connection with review-bombing.

Blizzard Apologizes for Warcraft 3 Reforged

Bart Swiatek, 04 February 2020, 13:46

Blizzard Entertainment, the studio responsible for the creation of the recently released Warcraft III: Reforged, has apologized to fans who are not satisfied with the quality of the game. The developers also announced the development plans for the game - including the missing features that will be restored.

Warcraft 3 Reforged With Record Low Player Rating on Metacritic

Adrian Werner, 02 February 2020, 21:31

A few days after its launch, Warcraft III: Reforged became the worst player-rated production in Metacritic's history. Even such spectacular failures as Fallout 76 or Anthem can boast much better results.

Avast Apologizes for „Hurting Feelings” and Shuts Down Jumpshot

Bart Swiatek, 31 January 2020, 13:41

Avast's CEO has apologized to his customers and informed them that the company's subsidiary, Jumpshot, has been closed. The case is related to recent controversy over the sale of user data. The information was collected by the plug-in installed with the Avast antivirus software.

Battlefield 5 - Game Takes Flak After the Trailer for Into the Jungle

Bart Swiatek, 29 January 2020, 14:51

Players criticize Battlefield V after the publication of the trailer for Chapter 6 - Into the Jungle. Interestingly, the complaints are not so much about new content as about existing problems that have still not been solved.

Avast was Selling User Data

Bart Swiatek, 28 January 2020, 17:26

Avast, developer of the popular free Avast and AVG antivirus software, used the browser plug-in installed with them to collect private user data. The information was then sold to third parties by Avast's subsidiary Jumpshot.

Doom Eternal Producer Admits That Crunch Couldn't be Avoided

Bart Swiatek, 22 January 2020, 12:58

Marty Stratton, executive producer of Doom Eternal, admitted in an interview for VG24/7 that despite postponing the release date by a few months, the game required a crunch period from the developers.

Rockstar North Defends Its Tax Breaks

Adrian Werner, 21 January 2020, 15:54

Rockstar North refutes allegations accusing the studio of abusing game developer tax deduction program. According to the team, its success shows that the initiative works and strengthens the British economy.

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.".

UK's Healthcare: Lootboxes Expose Children to Gambling Addiction

Paul Wozniak, 19 January 2020, 21:51

England's mental health director, Claire Murdoch, claims that lootboxes in video games put children at risk of becoming addicted to gambling. Thus, she calls for the companies behind such games to take appropriate action.

Rune 2 Affair Concluded? Devs Hand Over Game Code to the Publisher

Paul Wozniak, 03 January 2020, 22:46

The developers from the now-closed studio responsible for the development of Rune II have given the publishers the files and source code of the game, so that the latter will be able to continue working on the title. The issue of compensation and reimbursement of development costs has still not been resolved.

CD Projekt Reaches Agreement With Sapkowski on the Witcher

Michael Kulakowski, 20 December 2019, 23:52

CD Projekt and Andrzej Sapkowski signed an agreement ending a dispute that had been going on for a year, which started after the writer made demands for a payment of compensation of $16 million. Thanks to the settlement, the company can still adapt the Witcher franchise, not only in the form of games, but also comics and all kinds of gadgets.

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 Removed Profiles With Nazi-related Phrases and Symbols

Bart Swiatek, 12 December 2019, 14:31

Valve Software has removed dozens of profiles and images containing Nazi words and symbols. The measures were taken after notification by the German Media Authority of Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, as using Nazi-related symbols and terminology in punishable by law in Germany.

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.

Netflix's Witcher - Baginski and Hissrich Defend Nilfgaardian Armors

Jacob Blazewicz, 28 November 2019, 13:07

Nowa Fantastyka magazine interviewed the producers of The Witcher. During the conversation, Lauren S. Hissrich and Tomasz Baginski spoke about the controversial appearance of the armor of Nilfgaard soldiers, which remains a thorn in the side of the fan community.

Player Spends $1.4 Million on Game Character; Gets Stolen and Sold for $500

Bart Swiatek, 26 November 2019, 13:56

One Chinese player spent 8-10 million yuan on developing his character in MMO game Justice Online. When he shared his account with a friend, the latter put the hero in the auction house, but.... mistakenly entered a price that was a few zeros short. As a result, the hero was purchased for about 1/2560 of the original amount.

Around 1,000 Games Have Disappeared From Steam

Milosz Szubert, 26 November 2019, 12:00

A lot of games and exansions disappeared from Steam last night. According to Valve, it was dictated by the fact that some publishers, including Russia-based Dagestan Technology, abused Steamworks tools.

Stadia's Problems With 4K - Google Responds

Jacob Blazewicz, 25 November 2019, 23:28

Google has responded to allegations about Google Stadia's problems with 4K resolution in many games. According to the company, everything depends on the game's optimization made by the developers.

Death Stranding's Nominations for The Game Awards Spark Controversy

Milosz Szubert, 21 November 2019, 13:51

Geoff Keighley has been accused of being biased in awarding nominations for The Game Awards 2019. This is because Death Stranding, in which the creator and host of the event appears as a guest, has the chance to win nine statuettes.

Creators of Diablo: „The Old Blizzard is gone.”

Konrad Serafinski, 19 November 2019, 12:27

Blizzard has been struggling with PR problems for a long time. Former employees and creators of the Diablo series, who attended the Path of Exile fan party, added their own five cents, not denying themselves the opportunity to comment on the company's recent activities.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield Reviews; Dexit Affair Continues

Jacob Blazewicz, 13 November 2019, 21:52

Two days before the release of Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield first reviews of both games appeared on the internet. In the meantime, the players got to the game files, and their findings reignited the controversy around the so-called Dexit.

Bethesda Bans User who Helped Find Bugs in Fallout 76

Paul Wozniak, 13 November 2019, 21:22

A player who helped find the bugs in Fallout 76 and created an interactive game map was banned by Bethesda. The reason for blocking the account is not entirely clear, and the contact with the support department did not bring a solution to the problem.

Kojima Suggests Americans Did Not Understand Death Stranding

Bart Swiatek, 12 November 2019, 20:55

Hideo Kojima, the creator of the Metal Gear Solid series and the recently released Death Stranding, said that the latter title may be difficult to understand for some types of audience. In his opinion, Americans belong to this category.

YouTube Will be Able to Close Accounts That Bring no Profits

Laty, 12 November 2019, 20:22

The new terms of use of YouTube raise concerns of a large group of creators, as channels that are not „commercially viable” for advertisers may be closed.

Bill Gates: Windows Mobile Was Brought Down by the U.S. Government

Laty, 09 November 2019, 23:26

Bill Gates believes that everyone would now be using Windows Mobile on their smartphones, not Android, if nt for US Department of Justice, which distracted him when it opened an antitrust investigation against Microsoft.

Dr. Disrespect: Anyone Over 13 Still Playing Fortnite Has Mental Issues

Laty, 07 November 2019, 22:58

Doc is coming back in style - this time not only has he uninstalled Fortnite again, but he has also offended anyone who plays Fortnite and is over 13 years old. Will this be the end of his adventure with this game?

Co-creator of Limbo and Inside: Pushing for 4K is Useless

Jacob Blazewicz, 06 November 2019, 19:55

Dino Patti, co-founder of the teams responsible for Limbo and Somverville, raised the issue of 4K resolution in games. In his opinion, this technology is 'useless' and artificially pushed by manufacturers and vendors of hardware and has no impact on the development of video games.

Co-founder of Devolver Digital: If we're Going to be Drug Dealers, Let's Offer People Psychedelics

Paul Wozniak, 05 November 2019, 20:47

At Reboot Develop conference, Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson compared developers to drug dealers and their productions to addictive drugs. He also asked for thoughtful serving of content that would broaden the horizons of players, and not only take their time and money.

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.

Mitsubishi Resignes From Sponsoring Blizzard

Frozen, 30 October 2019, 21:39

Punishing a player for supporting protests in Hong Kong turned out to be a blow not only to the image but also to the financial position of Blizzard. Two days after the event, Mitsubishi Motors resigned from sponsoring the Hearthstone tournament.

BlizzCon 2019 Will Take Place in Shadow of Hong Kong Affair Protest

Bart Swiatek, 30 October 2019, 14:13

Dayton Young, the organizer of the protest organized in connection with the ban placed on player Hearthstone Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai, announced that the demonstration will take place as planned, despite the fact that Blizzard Entertainment has relaxed its position.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Controversial Depiction of Highway of Death

Darius Matusiak, 29 October 2019, 21:24

Despite the good reception from the critics, Modern Warfare has failed to win the gaming crowd, as shown by the low average rating on Metacritic. Mainly due to the creators falsifiying the true history of the so-called „highway of death”.

Valve Bans Trading and Reselling of CS:GO Keys

Milosz Szubert, 29 October 2019, 13:47

Valve has decided to ban the resale of keys used to open the boxes acquired while playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. All because of the fact that there were used in scams.

Fallout 76 - Fights Break Out Between Fallout 1st Subscribers and Other Players

Agnes Adamus, 28 October 2019, 23:09

Fallout 1st subscription divided Fallout 76 community. According to reports published on Reddit, there are clashes on servers, fought between subscription holders and people who have not decided to invest additional money in the title.

Censorship in The Outer Worlds - From Religion to Polish Vulgarisms

Adrian Werner, 28 October 2019, 13:58

Fans of The Outer Worlds have discovered that the game has a collection of almost 500 forbidden words that you can't use when naming your character. Among them were both vulgarisms and words such as „gay” and „transexual”.

Brutal Depiction of Russian Occupation Causes Problems for Modern Warfare?

Darius Matusiak, 27 October 2019, 21:17

There is no longer any doubt as to why the Russian branch of Sony has banned the sale of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in Russia. The story campaign shows the local army in the role of brutal torturers.

Epic Games Sue Person Responsible for Fortnite Leaks

Paul Wozniak, 27 October 2019, 20:23

Epic Games is suing a player who used Twitter to inform fans about what new season of Fortnite will bring. It turned out that he took part in the testing of the new content in September and, by revealing what he learned, broke the confidentiality agreement.

Ubisoft Sues MizuSoft - Cheat Makers for Rainbow Six Siege

Christian Pieniazek, 24 October 2019, 23:54

Ubisoft has brough out the big guns against the owners of MizuSoft, a company that sells Rainbow Six Siege cheats. The publisher demands that they cease their activities and pay a large compensation.

Fallout 76 - Paid Scrapbox Deletes Items of First Fallout 1st Buyers

Christian Pieniazek, 24 October 2019, 23:25

Scrapbox is one of the elements of the paid subscription to Fallout 76, called Fallout 1st. Its first buyers report that it causes problems with disappearing objects; some of the players lost all their pieces of equipment.