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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

Mikolaj Laszkiewicz, 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

Arkadiusz Strzala, 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

Arkadiusz Strzala, 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

Mikolaj Laszkiewicz, 07 August 2020, 14:50

Donald Trump's recent plans to ban the use of TikToka are soon to be reflected in law.

Intel has a Problem - 20 GB of Classified Data and Tools Have Leaked

Bart Swiatek, 07 August 2020, 11:33

There has been a major leak of classified data at Intel. A 20-gigabyte package containing, among other things, CPU blueprints and tools used by the company's employees has surfaced online.

Blizzard Employees Organise Themselves and Demand Pay Rises

Jacob Blazewicz, 06 August 2020, 19:15

Bloomberg reports of further actions of disgruntled Blizzard employees. More than 870 people have jointly developed a list of demands from the company, including longer holidays and wage increases.

Twitter - Phone Numbers Added for Protection Were Used to Make Money

Jacob Blazewicz, 05 August 2020, 21:45

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Twitter in connection with a case of „unintentional” selling of access to the emails and telephone numbers provided by users as part of a two-step verification, among other things, to advertisers.

China Tightens Control Over Underage Gamers

Michael Kulakowski, 04 August 2020, 21:14

The Chinese government is once again tightening control over the youngest citizens who like to spend time playing video games. Since September, all developers operating in the country must introduce a player verification system, based on their real personal data, and even a face scan.

Scandal at Ubisoft - Another Veteran Laid Off

Adrian Werner, 04 August 2020, 19:55

The Ubisoft scandal continues. Tommy Francois became another veteran of the company who was fired due to inappropriate behaviour towards the women employed by the publisher.

Blizzard - Frustrated Employees Fight for Higher Wages

Bart Swiatek, 04 August 2020, 12:12

Employees of Blizzard Entertainment, reached by journalist Jason Schreier from Bloomberg Technology, complain about the amount of wages in the studio. A sheet is circulating around the company, in which people write their salaries anonymously. One employedd also added the remuneration the company's CEO, Bobby Kotick.

Steam and Adult Visual Novels - New Concerns About Censorship

Karol Laska , 01 August 2020, 19:12

Visual novel titled Bokuten - Why I Became an Angel has been removed from Steam. The reason for this decision is the inclusion of sexual content in the game.

LOL Championship and Saudi Arabia - Riot Caves in Under Community Pressure

Dameredet, 30 July 2020, 13:25

The creators of League of Legends decided to cooperate with NEOM, the city of the future. However, fans did not like the idea. Why? There are several reasons for this.

GTA San Andreas Map on UE4 Engine Taken Down

Milosz Szubert, 27 July 2020, 14:37

Take-Two Interactive has shut down the fan project by the South American group ArcadiaSquad, which reproduced the map from GTA: San Andreas on Unreal Engine 4. The company invoked the copyright.

Halo Infinite Gameplay Sparks Wave of Criticism; Demo was Launched on PC

Bart Swiatek, 24 July 2020, 14:32

Players and industry experts have severely criticized the Halo Infinite's graphics. We also found out that yesterday's gameplay demo was running on a PC, not the Xbox Series X.

Elon Musk Warns Against AI - and Calls Many People Dumb in the Process

Bart Swiatek, 23 July 2020, 14:07

Once again, billionaire Elon Musk has decided to warn us of the dangers associated with the development of artificial intelligence. He did so in his characteristic style - by calling people who have trouble believing in the superiority of AI over humans „way dumber than they think they are”.

Assassin's Creed Grows in Strength; Ubisoft With Record Quarter

Jacob Blazewicz, 23 July 2020, 13:50

Ubisoft has published its financial report for the period from April to June. The past three months turned out to be record-breaking for the publisher, thanks to the excellent results of the Assassin's Creed and Just Dance series. The company has also detailed the planned changes related to recent accusations of harassment and discrimination in the company.

AC: Odyssey Was Planned to Have Only Female Protagonist

Karol Laska , 21 July 2020, 22:49

Kassandra was originally supposed to be the only playable character in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. This idea was rejected by (now former) creative director of Ubisoft.

Metacritic Claims The Last of Us 2 Didn't Change Website's Review System

Jacob Blazewicz, 20 July 2020, 22:03

Metacritic commented on recent changes in the user rating system. It was confirmed how long we have to wait to be able to rate a game. At the same time, it was denied that this was related to any particular game in the vein of The Last of Us: Part II.

Mysterious Disappearance of Dr. Disrespect Remains Unexplained [Updated]

Darius Matusiak, 16 July 2020, 22:10

It's been two weeks since Dr. Disrespect's mysterious ban on Twitch and we still don't know what's going on. The popular streamer is also silent on his other social media, which gives rise to much speculation.

U.S. Army Recruits Teenagers on Twitch and Goes Ban-happy About It

Jacob Blazewicz, 16 July 2020, 17:46

The official esports team of the US Army bans access to Twitch chat en masse. All because of actions read by many as „treacherous” recruitment tactics.

Twitter Got Hacked; Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Co. Don't Want Your Money

Bart Swiatek, 16 July 2020, 11:16

Hackers attacked Twitter and took over the accounts of famous people and companies such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Apple. Profiles were used to scam money. The criminals managed to get over $117,000 from the victims.

Red Dead Online Experiences Attack of Protesting Clowns

Bart Swiatek, 14 July 2020, 16:19

Red Dead Online players have decided to protest against the poor post-release support for this title. Users dressed up as clowns argue that their characters might as well look the way they already feel.

Oliver Stone Criticizes Hollywood

Karol Laska , 14 July 2020, 16:04

In one of his recent interviews, acclaimed American director Oliver Stone sharply criticizes the political correctness of Hollywood, strongly linked to the social changes taking place in the world.

The BBC Attacks Lootboxes in FIFA, Dramatic Story of Addicted Gamer

Jacob Blazewicz, 10 July 2020, 18:32

The BBC station described the story of a gamer addicted to spending money in the FIFA series. A young British man spent almost 3,000 pounds in FUT mode, wasting his parents' savings.

Metacritic Battles Review Bombing - No User Scores on Launch

Jacob Blazewicz, 09 July 2020, 18:05

Metacritic has introduced a restriction on user ratings. From now on, the website does not allow users to issue notes on the day the game is released.

„OK” Gesture Quietly Removed From Call of Duty Games

Paul Wozniak, 08 July 2020, 21:39

It turns out that developers from Inifnity Ward quietly removed the „OK” gesture from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone. The reason for this decision was not given, but many players believe that the element was removed because of its controversial significance.