EA Taking Flak for Lootbox Ad Aimed at Kids
Bart Swiatek, yesterday, 12:59
Electronic Arts has placed an advertisement of FIFA 21 Ultimate Team lootboxes in a toy catalogue available in Smyths Toys chain store in UK.
Epic vs. Apple May be Judged by Jury
Bart Swiatek, yesterday, 10:47
The lawsuit brought by Epic Games against Apple may not be resolved by a judge but a jury. Normally jurors do not participate in similar trials, but according to Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers, the opinion of ordinary people may be very important in this case.
Coach Bug in CS:GO Continues to Haunt as New Bans Drop
Paul Wozniak, 28 September 2020, 18:36
Today, the ESIC committee informed of several other professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive trainers, who over the past few years have used the bug to observe the map. The full list of accused trainers is expected to appear at the end of October, as so far, only 20% of available match recordings have been checked.
Epic Games, Spotify and Others Join Forces Against Apple
Jacob Blazewicz, 26 September 2020, 20:53
Epic Games, Spotify, Tile and others companies have created the Coalition of App Fairness to fight Apple. The organization is to promote healthy competition in the digital distribution market and abolish the 30% profit cut.
Michel Ancel Answers Accusations of Being a Toxic Boss
Jacob Blazewicz, 26 September 2020, 20:09
The newspaper Libération has published an article that reveals the details of Michel Ancel's departure from Ubisoft. It was supposed to result from an investigation into the alleged toxic behavior of the creator of Beyond Good & Evil 2. In response, Ubisoft's former producer accused the newspaper of spreading false news.
Harry Potter Fans Won't Like This Online Challenge
Karol Laska , 25 September 2020, 17:50
The new trend on TikTok may be a little disturbing to Harry Potter fans. People have started to burn J.K. Rowling's books again, and they share their achievements on the Internet. Alas, poor Harry.
Former YouTube Moderator Sues Company for Work-related Trauma
Bart Swiatek, 22 September 2020, 11:32
A former YouTube moderator decided to sue her former employer, arguing that watching videos that often depicted very violent scenes for several hours a day result in her suffering from depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Data of Half a Million Activision Accounts Leaked [Updated]
Jacob Blazewicz, 22 September 2020, 10:15
Activision has become a target of hackers. According to numerous sources, data of at least 500 thousand users was leaked as a result of a recent successful hack into the company's servers.
Trump Postpones Ban on TikTok
Bart Swiatek, 21 September 2020, 15:19
The US president Donald Trump has decided to postpone the planned TikTok bank in the USA for a week. This is related to a new agreement between TikTok and several American companies, under which they will take a controlling interest in the Chinese company and provide it with new network infrastructure.
RTX 3080 Scalper Battle Rages On Using Whatever Goes
Musiol, 21 September 2020, 14:49
Unequal fight of players against scalpers continues. A lot of fake GeForce RTX 3080 offers flooded eBay, all to make it harder for scalpers to earn money.
No More TikTok for US Citizens as Donald Trump Keeps His Word
Karol Laska , 19 September 2020, 19:19
Donald Trump's regulation to prevent Americans from further downloading of TikTok and WeChat applications will come into force this Sunday. The information was confirmed by the administration of the current US President.
Take-Two's CEO Defends Increased Game Prices
Michael Kulakowski, 16 September 2020, 20:17
Take-Two Interactice's CEO, Strauss Zelnick, is fiercely defending the higher prices of next-gen console games in an interview. This should come as no surprise, as his company was the first to start exploring the ground, selling the more expensive edition of NBA 2K21, with access to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions after the release of both systems.
Overpriced GeForce RTX 3080 are Being Sold on eBay
Jacob Blazewicz, 16 September 2020, 19:53
Tomorrow is the debut of GeForce RTX 3080, the first GPU model from Nvidia's new line. The product has already made its way to eBay thanks to pre-orders, but the vendors are selling the card for far more than the manufacturer intended.
Director of Cuties Responds to Citicism
Karol Laska , 15 September 2020, 15:00
Cuties caused a huge storm on the web about child sexualization. The director of the movie, Mai'mouna Doucouré, spoke, claiming that her aim was to criticize and oppose the phenomenon.
CS:GO Scandal Continues; More Coach Bans Possible
Paul Wozniak, 11 September 2020, 16:05
The recent scandal caused by the use of an exploit by professional coaches of CS teams is not yet over. Yesterday there were reports that more people may be involved in the whole matter.
Control Publisher Takes Flak for Game's „Ultimate” Version
Jacob Blazewicz, 11 September 2020, 14:44
505 Games has managed to enrage the community. The users were angered by a confusion related to Control: Ultimate Edition, which was briefly made available to the owners of the original PlayStation 4 version.
Ubisoft's CEO Apologizes for the Scandal; Jason Schreier Retorts
Christian Pieniazek, 10 September 2020, 20:41
Ubisoft has published a video in which its CEO, Yves Guillemot, apologizes for the scandal revealed in July. However, his words do not appeal to Jason Schreier, who is responsible for revealing controversial information from behind the scenes of the French giant.
Apple Countersues Epic as the Battle for 30% Profit Cut Continues
Milosz Szubert, 09 September 2020, 15:47
In response to Epic Games' accusations, Apple has filed its own lawsuit, in which it accuses Tim Sweeney's company of breach of contract. The company demands compensation.
Engineer Leaves Facebook Saying the Company Makes Money on Hate
mikos, 09 September 2020, 15:16
One of Facebook's software engineers decided to give up his job in the company because, in his opinion, the company makes money on hatred and its only goal is profit.
EA in Retreat After Player Criticism - Advertising Scandal in UFC 4
Milosz Szubert, 07 September 2020, 17:29
Electronic Arts decided to turn off the ads in EA Sports UFC 4, which appeared for a few moments at the beginning and end of replays. This is the result of a storm caused by the players on the Internet.
Google May be Accused of Monopolistic Practices - Again
Bart Swiatek, 07 September 2020, 15:10
According to the Reuters news agency - citing several anonymous sources - U.S. Department of Justice investigators may soon be bringing several monopoly charges against Google. The accusations concern mainly two areas - web browser and contracts on the advertising market.
Fortnite's Losses on iOS; Epic Demands the Game be Returned to App Store
Jacob Blazewicz, 06 September 2020, 18:23
The removal of Fortnite from App Store and Google Play remains unresolved. However, Epic Games has filed a court order to put pressure on Apple to restore access to the popular battle royale on iOS devices. Reason: Epic Games' „irreparable damage” and a significant decline in the number of players.
CS:GO Judges Appreciated for Their Help in Detecting Fraud
Milosz Szubert, 04 September 2020, 20:14
Micha³ S³owinski and Steve Dudenhoeffer were appreciated for their work on detecting unfair practices of three professional CS:GO team coaches. They received $1,500 reward from the organizers of the Flashpoint tournament series. In addition, GoFundMe is currently collecting money for them.
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.
CS:GO Scandal; Bans for Coaches Using an Exploit
Karol Laska , 01 September 2020, 19:21
Three CS:GO coaches have committed fraud by using a bug in the game to view the position of opponents on the map. ESL punished the coaches with a long-term ban.
Activision's Lawsuit Scared Cheaters Into Apologizing
Jacob Blazewicz, 31 August 2020, 19:04
Cheat maker and retailer group CXCheats.net has suspended support for their Call of Duty products and apologized for the „pain they caused players”. Reason? A lawsuit from Activision, which apparently decided to get rid of the problem at source.
Facebook Sues Dealer of Fake Likes on Instagram
mikos, 31 August 2020, 15:44
Facebook has taken legal action against a developer selling likes on Instagram.
Facebook Will Earn Less on iOS 14 as Our Data Will be Better Protected
Bart Swiatek, 27 August 2020, 17:59
Facebook reported that the changes that Apple plans to introduce in the iOS 14 operating system could contribute to a very significant decrease in revenues from Audience Network advertising. It may turn out that further offering it on Apple's platform will be pointless.
Frogwares in Trouble; The Sinking City Pulled From Stores
Christian Pieniazek, 25 August 2020, 21:57
The Sinking City has disappeared from the stores. Developers from Frogwares published an open letter, in which they explain that the blame for this situation lies with its publisher - Nacon. At the same time, the devs convince that they are doing their best to get their work back on sale as soon as possible.
Epic vs Apple - Fortnite is Not Coming Back, but Unreal Engine is Safe
Dameredet, 25 August 2020, 17:38
There's been a verdict on the Epic Games vs Apple case. Fortnite will not return to the App Store, but developers will not lose access to development tools.
Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War Trailer Banned in China [Updated]
Agnes Adamus, 25 August 2020, 14:05
Last week's teaser trailer of Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War was banned in China. The reason for this decision is a short fragment showing the events that took place on June 4, 1989 on the Tian'anmen Square.
Microsoft Supports Epic Against Apple While Charging 30% in Its Store
Bart Swiatek, 24 August 2020, 14:39
Microsoft has made a statement in court criticizing Apple's decision to cut Epic Games from iOS and MacOS development tools. According to the Redmond giant, the move will have a detrimental effect on many video game development companies.
Epic's Fight With Apple Will Move to Fortnite
Karol Laska , 22 August 2020, 14:42
The great conflict between Apple and Epic Games will move for several hours from the courtroom to Fortnite. The devs have prepared a number of different attractions for the players to fuel the rebellious moods associated with the removal of the game from App Store.
Streamers are Mad After Being Used by Marketers
Bart Swiatek, 21 August 2020, 12:14
Ogilvy marketing agency prepared for its client - Burger King fast food chain - a campaign which was based on smuggling ads into transmissions of popular streamers. A plug-in created by Streamlabs was used for this purpose, which enables text to be translated into speech and published as short, personalized messages from plegers during the stream.
Facebook is a Threat to Public Health? Specialists Warn
Sodar, 20 August 2020, 18:22
A lot of information on Facebook can be a health hazard. Avaaz is presenting a report on the increase in harmful content related to the pandemic and medicine in general.
Sexual Harassment at Rocksteady; Company Accused of Lack of Reaction
Karol Laska , 18 August 2020, 19:58
The British studio Rocksteady, responsible, for example, for the Batman: Arkham series, has been accused by its employees of not acting in any way on a sexual abuse cases within the company.
US Secret Service Bought Information About Smartphone Users
Michael Kulakowski, 18 August 2020, 19:46
Vice reports that the U.S. Secret Service has circumvented laws requiring it to obtain a court order to track citizens. It was doing so by buying geolocation data from mobile app manufacturers using proxies. The practice was used for many years.
Apple Responds to Epic Games' Suit, Targets Unreal Engine
Czarus, 18 August 2020, 17:31
Epic Games' battle against Apple continues. The court has received an application from Tim Sweeney's company to issue an injunction against the cellphone giant. We can read in it that Epic may soon lose access to development tools on Apple's devices.
Another Lawsuit Against EA; Ultimate Team in FIFA and Madden is Gambling
Jacob Blazewicz, 17 August 2020, 23:42
Electronic Arts has been sued in California for FIFA and Madden Ultimate Team packages. According to the plaintiff, these lootboxes are nothing but a game of chance, an example of gambling, which is illegal in this state.
Suspicious Examples Suggest Paid Reviews on Steam
Czarus, 17 August 2020, 22:14
Buying reviews on Steam is a serious accusation, both for a gamer and a developer. However, there is no denying the existence of such a practice, even if it is negligible in scope. Therefore, we will take a look at the reports from a certain user.
„It's Just a Game” - Video Sparks Storm on the Web; Ninja Responds
Paul Wozniak, 17 August 2020, 20:47
A few days ago, a video appeared on the web, in which the author discussed players who give their 100% in each game, and spoke about how they have a bad influence on other people. According to the user, such approach takes away the fun from the game. The matter quickly made a lot of waves and Ninja, among others, spoke about it.
Cheater Ring in CS:GO Kept Itself Safe for Years While Banning Others
Paul Wozniak, 17 August 2020, 17:35
A few days ago, popular youtuber known as Sparkles released a video, in which a hacker told about how the cheater community in CS:GO protects itself through a so-called Overwatch system. It also enables them to report and ban other players.
As Much as Half of Young Americans Would Like TikTok Back
Karol Laska , 15 August 2020, 19:24
A survey conducted on TruePublic was used to gather the opinions of US citizen on the ban imposed on TikTok. Most people disagree with Donald Trump's decision.
Ubisoft Fires AC Valhalla's Creative Director
Agnes Adamus, 14 August 2020, 20:00
Former creative director of AC: Valhalla, Ashraf Ismail, was officially fired by Ubisoft. The French company does not disclose the exact reasons for his dismissal and explains that the decision is the result of an internal investigation. This may be a consequence of Ismail having an affair.
Fortnite Pulled From Apple and Google Stores; Epic Goes to War
Bart Swiatek, 14 August 2020, 11:36
Apple and Google have removed the shooter Fortnite from their respective app stores. Epic Games has responded with actions against both entities. The reason for the commotion is the high, 30% revenue share on these digital distribution platforms, which Tim Sweeney does not accept.
Facebook Sued for Ulawful Collection of Biometric Data
Karol Laska , 13 August 2020, 19:32
The California state court has received serious accusations that Facebook is illegally collecting biometric data of Instagram users.
Same Price, Different Content - Xbox Fans Mad at Marvel's Avengers
Adrian Werner, 11 August 2020, 19:06
Less than a month before the launch of Marvel's Avengers, the devs struck a nerve of the community. The outrage was caused by the fact that Spider-Man will only be available on PlayStation 4 and PS5.
Cyberpunk 2077 - Streamer Gives Up Cameo Because of Fans
Bart Swiatek, 10 August 2020, 12:19
One of Chinese streamers, who was supposed to appear in Cyberpunk 2077 as an easter egg, decided to resign from the project. The reason was pressure from Internet users.
Scandal After State of Play - Devs of Aeon Must Die! are Quitting
Sodar, 07 August 2020, 23:24
The future of Aeon Must Die! has suddenly become uncertain. The developers, employees of Limestone Games, have announced that they are leaving the studio. The main reasons are too many overtime and low salaries.
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.