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Bobby Kotick Said to Have Hushed Down Scandals at Activision Blizzard; Board Has His Back [UPDATED]

Adrian Werner, 17 November 2021, 16:58

A Wall Street Journal article has sparked another Activision-related scandal. It claims CEO Bobby Kotick was said to silence sexual harassment cases in the company. Employees are demanding that he be fired, but the board stands behind him. Instead, the publisher got rid of the co-founder of Treyarch.

GTA The Trilogy: Definitive Edition Pulled From Sale on PC; Rockstar Launcher Still Down

Jacob Blazewicz, 12 November 2021, 18:57

PC gamers have to do without GTA The Trilogy: Definitive Edition (as well as Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online) for now. Data miners, however, have found the „Holy Grail” of Rockstar Games mysteries.

Apple Resists Ruling in Epic Case; New Verdict

Jacob Blazewicz, 10 November 2021, 22:51

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has rejected Apple's request that it hold off on introducing links and third-party payments in the App Store following the Epic Games ruling.

Ubisoft Gives Raises to Experienced Employees Amid Fears They May Leave

Miriam Moszczynska, 08 November 2021, 14:09

Ubisoft Canada raises salaries of its employees, but not like one would expect. The biggest increase goes to those who can already boast impressive salaries.

Ubisoft Employees Fight for Better Working Conditions Through a Public Petition

Paul Musiolik, 06 November 2021, 19:12

Ubisoft's A Better Ubisoft Group, which associates the company's employees, has launched a petition to gather community signatures to help improve working conditions.

Blizzard Exec Resigns After 3 Months

Jacob Blazewicz, 03 November 2021, 19:46

Blizzard has had a successful quarter, but news of good financial results gives way to news of the departure of Jen Oneal, who, along with Mike Ybarra, led the company for the last three months.

Google Employees Oppose Company's Cooperation With Israel

Arkadiusz Strzala, 02 November 2021, 17:36

Employees protest against the Nimbus project, a joint initiative of Google, Amazon and the Israeli government. Several of them renounce the anonymity of the petition and at the same time reveal their Semitic nationality.

Overwatch's McCree Will Soon Take on a New Name

Krzysztof Kaluzinski, 23 October 2021, 16:56

Overwatch's popular gunslinger will be given a new name, so he will no longer refer to Diablo IV's controversial ex-producer.

Dead by Daylight's Hellraiser Affair Caused by NFT Sales

Agnes Adamus, 22 October 2021, 16:40

Dead by Daylight was recently affected by an affair related to the Hellraiser Chapter DLC. All this is due to the cooperation of producers with Boss Protocol and Park Avenue Entertainment, as part of which content from the expansion is to be sold as NFTs.

Mark Zuckerberg has More Problems; Lawsuit Over Cambridge Analytica

Michal Ciezadlik, 21 October 2021, 18:43

The Attorney General of the District of Columbia has decided to include Mark Zuckerberg in the investigation of the Cambridge Analyica scandal. Facebook Inc. CEO was allegedly „personally involved” in decisions related to the company.

Blizzard Boss Invites to a 'Sales Run' and Sparks a Storm in WoW Community

Jacob Blazewicz, 21 October 2021, 17:39

WoW fans are once engaged in heated discussions about the so-called raid boosting. All because of one of the heads of Blizzard inviting players to a so-called sales run.

Destiny 2's Controversial DLC Dungeon Sales Model Misleads Players

Artur Flaga, 20 October 2021, 21:19

A drama has exploded in the Destiny 2 community. Players feel cheated by the distribution model of the game's two new dungeons due to misinformation on Bungie's part.

Blizzard Fires 20 Employees Involved in Sexual Violence and Mobbing

Michael Zegar, 20 October 2021, 16:30

The wake of Blizzard being sued, more than 20 people have been fired at this point. The company has sent a special letter to employees and has already announced the next steps.

Equal and More Equal on Twitch; Website had a List of 'Unbannable' Streamers

Michal Ciezadlik, 19 October 2021, 16:24

Another consequence of the Twitch data leak - we got to known the list of streamers who could avoid being banned even if they violated the rules.

Discrimination and „Culture of Silence” - Women on Working at Paradox Interactive

Jacob Blazewicz, 13 October 2021, 22:01

„A culture of silence” is how female employees of Paradox Interactive describe the Swedish publisher's approach to discrimination against women at the company.

Twitch Leak Was a Matter of Time, Former Employees Say

Krzysztof Kaluzinski, 11 October 2021, 10:10

Twitch has reportedly never paid the utmost attention to security, so the leak didn't surprise its former employees.

New Microtransactions in Marvel's Avengers Enraged Gamers

Adrian Werner, 09 October 2021, 22:46

Fans of Marvel's Avengers are furious. Despite the developers' earlier promises, microtransactions that boost character progression rate have been added to the game.

Blizzard Removes Some Jokes and Flirting From World of Warcraft

Michael Zegar, 07 October 2021, 21:24

Blizzard removes more content from World of Warcraft that does not comply with the company's new policy. This time it's the humorous layer of the game. It's a shame, some of the erased jokes are real gems...

Youtuber Stacks Broken PS4s Demanding Right to Repair

Miriam Moszczynska, 07 October 2021, 13:33

An American youtuber stacked a tower of forty-two PlayStation 4 consoles to draw attention to the serious problem of not having the right to repair electronic devices.

Twitch Hacked - Leak Reveals Streamer Earnings and Plan to Compete With Steam

Hubert Sledziewski, 06 October 2021, 14:39

An anonymous hacker leaked the source code of Twitch. Among the 125 GB of data were also the earnings of major streamers using the service. The amounts are staggering.

Is There Really a Chip Shortage? Manufacturer Accuses Middlemen

Michael Zegar, 06 October 2021, 14:26

According to TSMC's analysis, some manufacturers are keeping some of the purchased components for themselves. This hits other companies, such as Nvidia and AMD.

China hasn't Allowed New Games on the Market Since Controversial Ban

GRG, 03 October 2021, 21:35

Chinese censors have not allowed any new video game on the market since a controversial ban on showing „effeminate” men on Chinese television.

Jail for Advising North Korea on Cryptocurrencies

Martin Nothing, 29 September 2021, 16:32

Cooperation with North Korea is not profitable, as one US citizen has painfully discovered. He is facing up to 7 years in prison for advising this Asian country.

Activision Blizzard Reaches Agreement Over Discrimination Lawsuit

Michal Ciezadlik, 28 September 2021, 13:43

Today, Activision Blizzard released a statement, saying it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In it, Blizzard pledged to strengthen its anti-discrimination policies, as well as create a fund for all victims of abusive practices.

WoW Censors More Names; Patch 9.1.5 Introduced More Changes

Jacob Blazewicz, 23 September 2021, 14:25

World of Warcraft is testing update 9.1.5, and in addition to new fixes users found more examples of politically correct censorship.

Fortnite Blacklisted by Apple; Tim Sweeney Protests

Jacob Blazewicz, 23 September 2021, 13:48

Fortnite won't be returning to Apple devices anytime soon, maybe even for the next few years. Apple has blacklisted the title, as Epic Games' Tim Sweeney reported with regret.

Activision Blizzard Targeted by SEC; Kotick to Testify

Przemyslaw Dygas, 21 September 2021, 11:47

More and more problems for Activision Blizzard. The company is being examined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and the company's chief legal officer has left the company.

Diablo II: Resurrected Dev on Blizzard Controversy

Adrian Piotrowski, 19 September 2021, 18:53

Rob Gallerani of Vicarious Visions, the studio currently working on Diablo II: Resurrected, has spoken on how the situation at Blizzard has affected his studio and the shape of the upcoming game.

WoW Turned Woman Into Fruit; Weird Censorship in Patch 9.1.5

Jacob Blazewicz, 17 September 2021, 15:40

Patch 9.1.5 for World of Warcraft is expected to bring quite a few changes. These apparently include an unusual example of censorship in the form of modifications to two paintings from the base game.

Activision Blizzard Sued Again; Threats, Surveillance and Interrogations

Przemyslaw Dygas, 15 September 2021, 11:59

Activision Blizzard has been hit with another lawsuit. The company was said to have discouraged employees from speaking out about cases of abuse.

Paradox CEO Responds to Recent Allegations Against the Company

GRG, 14 September 2021, 15:39

Paradox CEO's published a statement on inappropriate treatment of employees relates to a case involving him personally.

Sony Shuts Down Servers of Older LittleBigPlanet Games to Protect Fans

Jacob Blazewicz, 13 September 2021, 20:45

Sony has finally shut down the LittleBigPlanet 3 servers, which had remained inaccessible for months. Sadly, only the PlayStation 4 version of LittleBigPlanet 3 has been spared - the PS3 version and earlier installments lost their online features indefinitely to „protect the community”.

Epic Games vs. Apple; Court Rules on App Store Transactions

Hubert Sledziewski, 11 September 2021, 20:25

A court decision has been made in the battle between Apple and Epic Games, judging that apps available on the App Store may allow purchases bypassing the platform's payment system.

Paradox Joins Companies Accused of Mistreating Employees

Michael Zegar, 06 September 2021, 21:14

Paradox Interactive, creators of such series as Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis, has been accused of mistreating employees. The newly elected CEO has announced changes at the company.

Top CS:GO Team Knew of Coach Bug; Ex-coach Slams Former Teammates

Michal Ciezadlik, 06 September 2021, 15:47

The CS:GO coach bug scandal continues. According to esports media, not only the coach, but also all the players of HEROIC were supposed to have known about the bug enabling teams to gain an unfair advantage.

Star Citizen Ads Were Misleading? Player Reported Them to ASA

Damian Gacek, 05 September 2021, 18:11

Star Citizen certainly stirs many emotions - from admiration to irritation and even indignation. This time, one of the fans decided that he's had enough of the game's opaque advertising policy and decided to do something about it.

GTA Underground Mod Disappear After 6 Years of Work Due to T2's 'Increasing Hostility'

Agnes Adamus, 05 September 2021, 17:38

The creators of the GTA Underground mod have decided to suspend work on it. All this is due to Take-Two's „ increasing hostility” towards the modding community and fear for their own mental and financial well-being. Thus ends the six-year history of the project.

Creators of re3 Mod for GTA 3 Sued by Take-Two Interactive

Adrian Werner, 03 September 2021, 11:32

The creators of the re3 and reVC mods for GTA 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City have been sued by Take-Two. It is speculated that the publisher is quietly working on its own remasters of these games.

Hidden Changes in SSDs: Samsung and WD Swap Parts for Weaker Ones

Jacob Blazewicz, 30 August 2021, 18:14

A disturbing trend has been noticed in the SSD market. Journalists report changes in the drives manufactured by, among others, Samsung and WD, in which parts have been discreetly changed (often for cheaper ones).

Names of Selected Blizzard Devs Will be Removed From World of Warcraft

Iltutmis, 28 August 2021, 20:54

Yesterday, the team responsible for Overwatch announced that McCree, a character named after one of the developers, will be renamed. Today, another team from under Blizzard's wings continues the changes. Some familiar names will disappear from World of Warcraft.

Blizzard to Rename McCree in the Wake of Recent Scandal

Adrian Werner, 27 August 2021, 14:34

Blizzard is going to rename of the character known as McCree in Overwatch. The reason is that this character was named after a developer who was recently fired for unprofessional behavior.

Kinguin Removes Fake Frostpunk 2 Preorders and Issues a Statement

GRG, 26 August 2021, 14:04

Kinguin has finally removed the ability to place preorders for Frostpunk 2 keys after a decisive intervention from 11 bit studios.

Activision Blizzard Accused of Destroying Incriminating Documents

Adrian Werner, 25 August 2021, 12:01

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is accusing Activision Blizzard of destroying documents related to instances of harassment and mobbing at the company.

Abandoned for Free as Compensation for Buyers of Blue Box's Unreleased Game

Jacob Blazewicz, 18 August 2021, 22:56

Hasan Kahraman from Blue Box Game addressed the recent controversy surrounding Abandoned. The creator also promised that the game will be available for free - as long as we bought the (yet) unreleased The Haunting: Blood Water Curse.

EA Apologizes for Removing Older Games From GOG

Michael Kulakowski, 18 August 2021, 21:56

Following protests from gamers over the pulling of classic Electronic Arts hits such as Ultima Underworld 1 2, Syndicate Plus and Syndicate Wars from sale, the publisher has apologized for the situation and promised to change its policy on old titles.

Abandoned App on PS5 Trolls Gamers

Agnes Adamus, 14 August 2021, 20:19

Yesterday, an app related to Abandoned was released on PS5. Its current content is limited to a few seconds of a „teaser” that was already available online.

Apex Legends' Lead Designer Laid Off for Blog Entries From 2007

Adrian Werner, 13 August 2021, 11:09

One of the main designers of Apex Legends has been fired. The reason is controversial posts he published fourteen years ago on a blog.

Diablo 4's Lead Level Designer Fired by Activision

Adrian Werner, 12 August 2021, 11:07

Activision has fired three experienced developers from Blizzard Entertainment, including the director of Diablo IV and the game's lead level designer. This is most likely related to the recent high-profile harassment and bullying scandal within the publisher's teams.

Activision Blizzard Taking More Flak; Shareholder Calls Out Company's Inadequate Actions

Damian Gacek, 11 August 2021, 18:09

Activision Blizzard received a letter from one of its shareholders, who stood up for the company's employees. It contains criticism of the developer's actions to date and presents a proposal to rectify the situation.

Google Slashes Salaries of Remote Workers Based on Where They Live

Arkadiusz Strzala, 11 August 2021, 17:01

How to earn less at Google? All you need to do is to permanently relocate in remote work mode to some place not too urbanized, it doesn't have to be far from the main office. Thanks to this, your salary could be reduced by up to 25%.