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No More Earning on Sims 4 Mods; Modders Outraged [UPDATED]

Przemyslaw Dygas, 03 August 2022, 11:10

EA has banned making money from making mods for The Sims 4. The company's decision has led to quite a storm in the community.

PS5 Was to be Sold With Hidden Defect; Sony Sued

Kamil Kleszyk, 21 July 2022, 15:00

The Japanese company that manufactures the PlayStation 5 will face a lawsuit from disgruntled customers. According to the owners of the device, Sony deliberately concealed its defectiveness when allowing the consoles to be sold.

Serial Cheater and Streamer Sued for Threatening Studio Employees

Adrian Werner, 19 July 2022, 13:01

Bungie has sued a streamer who not only used cheats in Destiny 2, but also threatened studio employees.

Former EA Boss Ridicules Game Developers About Monetization

Adrian Werner, 15 July 2022, 12:48

The Internet is in an uproar after a controversial statement by the former head of Electronic Arts and current CEO of game engine developer Unity.

RDR2 Fans Held Funeral for Red Dead Online; Twitter Mourns

Jacob Blazewicz, 14 July 2022, 09:56

Tears, graves, mourning outfits and beans - this is what Red Dead Online's funeral looks like in posts by players who lament the „demise” of their game.

Ubisoft is blocking more than just DLC? Publisher Explains [UPDATED]

Przemyslaw Dygas, 12 July 2022, 11:51

Ubisoft will soon make it impossible to launch some of its games. This applies not only to online mode and DLCs, but also to single-player games.

Media Showed Kojima as Killer; Developer Announces Lawsuits

Kamil Kleszyk, 10 July 2022, 15:18

Hideo Kojima's studio, Kojima Productions, is considering legal action after the developer was falsely linked to the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

EA vs Single-player Games; Not Only Gamers Got Irritated

Jacob Blazewicz, 07 July 2022, 13:02

EA has succeeded in quite a feat. The company's „humorous” Tweet annoyed not only gamers and influencers, but also studios owned by the publisher.

Diablo Immortal Defended by Blizzard's Boss

Kamil Kleszyk, 07 July 2022, 12:17

Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Ybarra defends the controversial microtransactions in Diablo Immortal, claiming that it is possible to complete the game in 99.5% without any monetary contributions.

UK Will Investigate Microsoft's Purchase of Activision Blizzard

Jacob Blazewicz, 07 July 2022, 11:22

The UK Competition and Markets Authority will look into Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard and is open to comments from „interested parties”.

Console Made for NFTs; Company Promises Pie in the Sky

Kamil Kleszyk, 05 July 2022, 12:56

Polium One is a console to be based on NFT. This whizz project, based on Web3 technology, will reportedly be released in 2024.

Netherlands and Spain Fed Up With Lootboxes; Regulations Inbound

Michal Ciezadlik, 04 July 2022, 19:38

Lootboxes are attracting the attention of politicians in more European countries. After Belgium, it is the Netherlands that is set to become the next lootbox-free country. The local MPs have already submitted a relevant bill.

Blizzard's Questionable Actions Cast Shadow on Warcraft 3's 20th Anniversary

Adrian Werner, 04 July 2022, 17:52

Warcraft 3's twentieth birthday was somewhat spoiled by Activision Blizzard's threats to the creator of one of its fan projects.

Ubisoft Will Soon Block Option to Play DLCs for Older Games

Adrian Werner, 03 July 2022, 15:39

Ubisoft is preparing the end of support for a number of older games, which will result, for example, in the loss of multiplayer and the option to install and play DLCs. Such a fate will befall, among others, several installments of Assassin's Creed, as well as Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Silent Hunter 5.

Dick Pic for God of War Ragnarok Release Date? Cory Barlog Enraged

Adrian Werner, 01 July 2022, 12:54

The lack of release date for God of War Ragnarok has caused some gamers to behave in a highly inappropriate manner.

The Day Before Devs Don't Pay Translators and Moderators; It's a Volunteer Effort [UPDATED]

Przemyslaw Dygas, 29 June 2022, 18:36

It turns out that some of the people working on The Day Before don't get paid for it. This is because Fntastic uses volunteers.

Testers Respond to CDP Allegedly Being Lied to About Cyberpunk 2077's Condition

Kamil Kleszyk, 28 June 2022, 22:48

The rumor about a possible contribution of Quantic Lab to the disastrous conditon of Cyberpunk 2077 has gained started to make waves. This hasn't escaped the attention of the company's executives, who have issued an official statement on the matter.

Cyberpunk 2077 Bugs Remained Because CD Projekt was Lied to

Hubert Sledziewski, 27 June 2022, 11:58

The disaster that was Cyberpunk 2077's launch may have largely been caused by Quantic Lab, which tested CD Projekt RED's game before its release. This is reportedly what emerges from a 72-page report found by industry insiders.

Youtuber Fined $7.7 Million for Wanting to Get Back at Bungie

Miriam Moszczynska, 24 June 2022, 13:05

Destiny 2 content cretor wanted to take revenge on Bungie for ordering him to remove the materials. However, he chose an illegal route by impersonating CSC Global.

Diablo Immortal Streamers are Hypocrites and Part of the Problem, Players Claim

Miriam Moszczynska, 22 June 2022, 14:24

Diablo Immortal sparks controversy again. This time the community criticizes the behavior of streamers and youtubers.

He Stole $2 Million Worth of CSGO Skins

Kamil Kleszyk, 22 June 2022, 13:08

A hacker stole over $2 million in skins and items frin CS:GO. They were part of what was likely the most expensive inventory in the game's history.

Ready or Not Sparks Controversy Again; Disappears From Steam [UPDATE #2]

Kamil Kleszyk, 19 June 2022, 15:56

Tactical shooter Ready or Not has been temporarily removed from Steam, a week after it added a level depicting a mass shooting in a nightclub.

You Won't Get Far in Diablo Immortal Without Money

Przemyslaw Dygas, 15 June 2022, 11:02

One Diablo Immortal player discovered many limitations hidden in the game. Without spending money, even grind will not be enough.

Metro Author Dmitry Glukhovsky Prosecuted by Russian Government

Michael Zegar, 07 June 2022, 20:33

Russia's Interior Ministry has placed Dmitry Glukhovsky - creator of the Metro universe - on its list of wanted criminals.

In Spite of Devs' Pleas, War Thunder Fans Keep Leaking Info, This Time About Chinese Projectile

Jacob Blazewicz, 02 June 2022, 15:59

Requests from the Gaijin Entertainment studio were in vain. Secret tank data has appeared on the War Thunder game forums. Again.

Activision's Rebellious Shareholder Stirs Up Trouble Again; Attacks Kotick

Kamil Kleszyk, 29 May 2022, 21:58

The SOC Investment group has released a letter urging Activision Blizzard shareholders to vote against the re-election of several of the company's board members, including CEO Bobby Kotick.

Activision Blizzard Said to have Threatened Employees

Przemyslaw Dygas, 25 May 2022, 13:06

Activision Blizzard is dealing with more accusations. Employees allegedly heard threats from the company.

Fake Reviews, Influencers and Toxic Marketing Examined

Kamil Kleszyk, 24 May 2022, 13:03

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission plans to tighten regulations on posting fake positive reviews online to sell products or services, including video games.

Activision Blizzard Claims Company's Reputation has been Unjustly Tarnished

Patryk Michas, 12 May 2022, 13:53

Activision Blizzard claims it was wrongly accused. The company has petitioned the court to dismiss the sexual harassment allegations, challenging the commission's authority.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - That's Quantic Dream's New Direction

Sonia Selerska, 28 April 2022, 14:37

In 2018, the studio's management was sued for failing to uphold the rights of its employees. Today, it brags about its advocacy for women and those in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Sony's Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed, but Case it Not Over Yet

Hubert Sledziewski, 22 April 2022, 20:29

A gender discrimination lawsuit filed against Sony has been dismissed by the federal court. The former female employee who brought the suit against the company was given time to refile her allegations.

Tencent Will Block Chinese Players From Accessing GTA and Many Other Foreign Games

Milosz Szubert, 15 April 2022, 15:28

Tencent has decided to fix a vulnerability in its internet acceleration application that enabled Chinese people to play games not approved by the government in their country. Thus, people who used it lost the chance to play GTA and Animal Crossing.

Protesting Activision Blizzard Employees Excluded From Raises

Przemyslaw Dygas, 08 April 2022, 13:45

About 1,100 temporary workers have been given raises and the opportunity to work full-time at Activision. However, this does not include those who had previously joined the protests.

F1 Delta Time Shut Down; Players Who Invested in NFTs Left With Nothing

Sonia Selerska, 06 April 2022, 15:53

The closure of the game has sparked a discussion on the internet, about combining gaming and virtual tokens.

State of Decay Devs Face Accusations of Mobbing and Sexism

Patrick Kubiak, 02 April 2022, 16:58

State of Decay 3 is still in pre-production. The reason is due to internal problems at Undead Labs, which is rumored to be a toxic place to work.

Abandoned Devs Deny Rumors of Game's Cancellation

Milosz Szubert, 01 April 2022, 13:38

Blue Box Game Studio has addressed the recent commotion related to the removal of a large number of posts related to their upcoming game - Abandoned - from Twitter. According to their assurances, work on the title is progressing.

Activision Blizzard Will Pay $18 Million to Discriminated Employees

Michael Zegar, 31 March 2022, 20:48

Activision Blizzard has finalized the settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The company will pay the affected employees $18 million.

Vanishing Tweets and Cheated Composer; Abandoned Faces New Controversy

Przemyslaw Dygas, 31 March 2022, 19:22

The developers of Abandoned have removed many previously published posts from Twitter. Moreover, the creator of the soundtrack of the game shared an unflattering opinion about the studio.

War Thunder Still Without Chat; Devs Don't Want Politics in the Game

Jacob Blazewicz, 31 March 2022, 19:09

The chat feature in War Thunder has been disabled for over a month now. The developers from Gaijin Entertainment turned it off so it wouldn't be used to discuss politics (read: the war in Ukraine).

Review Bombing on Steam; Storybook Brawl Takes Flak for NFT

Milosz Szubert, 31 March 2022, 15:43

Storybook Brawl has been review bombed on Steam. All because the developers of this title were bought by a cryptocurrency company.

Activision Blizzard Sued Again; Harassment and Psychological Violence

Przemyslaw Dygas, 28 March 2022, 12:18

Activision Blizzard has been hit with another lawsuit. Once again, it is related to employee mistreatment.

Anti-mask Message in Domina Patch Notes Enrages Players on Steam

Adrian Werner, 14 March 2022, 12:58

The patch notes of the latest update for Domina included controversial anti-mask content. As a result, the game's profile on Steam was flooded with negative reviews.

Lootboxes in FUT are Not Gambling in the Netherlands; EA's Appeal Succeeds

Jacob Blazewicz, 09 March 2022, 22:22

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has withdrawn its recognition of FIFA Ultimate Team packs as gambling. Electronic Arts has thus avoided having to pay a €10 million fine.

STALKER Review Bombed After Being Pulled From Sale in Russia

Michael Zegar, 08 March 2022, 22:06

The STALKER series has become another victim of review bombing on Steam. This is a consequence of GSC's games being pulled from sale in Russia.

NBA 2K is Scamming Kids? $5 Million Lawsuit Filed

Sonia Selerska, 08 March 2022, 15:39

NBA 2K series publisher Take-Two Interactive is set to face legal action for its practices regarding virtual currency and loot boxes.

Activision Blizzard Struggles to Hire and Retain Staff

Krzysztof Kaluzinski, 05 March 2022, 19:52

In its latest annual report, Activision Blizzard admitted that numerous lawsuits and controversial situations are translating into staffing issues.

Space Engineers Review Bombed by Chinese and Russians

Adrian Werner, 02 March 2022, 14:49

Space Engineers has become another target of review bombing by the Chinese and Russians users. All because the developers expressed opposition to the invasion of Ukraine.

Rise of Mordor Mod Removed From Mod DB at Request of Warner Bros

Jacob Blazewicz, 12 February 2022, 15:27

Warner Bros. has recalled it owns the rights to the Lord of the Rings movie universe. As a result, a mod developed for years, called Rise of Mordor for Total War: Atilla, disappeared from Mod DB.

Low Wages, Overtime and Problems - Team17 as Seen by Employees

Jacob Blazewicz, 11 February 2022, 15:18

Team17 is in trouble even after NFTs got removed from the Worms series. Employees of the British developer are said to complain of low pay, problems with their bosses and harassment.

The Sims 4 DLC Won't Appear in Russia Due to Homophobic Law

Przemyslaw Dygas, 10 February 2022, 12:12

Russians will not play the latest addition for The Sims 4. All because of the local law.