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Gigabyte Hacked; 112 GB of Documents From AMD and Intel in the Hands of Attackers

Michael Kulakowski, 10 August 2021, 19:06

Gigabyte, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, was attacked by hackers and became a victim of a ransomware attack. The criminals are threatening to publish more than 112GB of the company's confidential files, which include sensitive technical documents from AMD and Intel, among others.

T-Mobile and Coca-Cola Suspend Partnership With Activision Blizzard

Agnes Adamus, 07 August 2021, 22:23

T-Mobile and Coca-Cola have decided to withdraw from sponsoring esports games organized by Activision Blizzard. The decision affected two titles - Call of Duty and Overwatch.

Tencent Loses Billions After China Calls Video Games Spiritual Opium

Arkadiusz Strzala, 04 August 2021, 17:31

The effects of an unfortunate term used in the Chinese media turned out to be greater than anyone could have expected. Tencent loses $60 billion through falling stock price.

Activision Blizzard is Feeling the Heat - Another Lawsuit, Employee Distrust

Michal Ciezadlik, 04 August 2021, 15:30

Emotions in the Activision Blizzard case continue to rise, fanned by by the publication of more facts. Company's employees began to unite in a coalition of workers, which strongly opposes cooperation with the law firm WilmerHale. Also the shareholders have lost patience and have decided to file a separate class action lawsuit.

Blizzard CEO Steps Down; Successors Named

Michael Kulakowski, 03 August 2021, 19:16

J. Allen Brack, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, has stepped down from his position and further work at the studio. At the same time, his two successors have already been appointed. They will share responsibilities and lead a team that is struggling to deal with extremely serious and well-documented allegations of harassment, discrimination and mobbing among employees.

Top WoW Youtubers Abandon Blizzard's MMO

Milosz Szubert, 30 July 2021, 19:25

Preach Gaming and MadSeasonShow, some of the biggest YouTube channels covering World of Warcraft, are will no longer create videos about the famous MMORPG. The reason for this is the recent Blizzard controversy and the general condition of the game.

Yves Guillemot Responds to Allegations of a Thousand Ubisoft Employees

Jacob Blazewicz, 30 July 2021, 13:23

Yves Guillemot has responded to the open letter from Ubisoft employees supporting Activision Blizzard's developer protest. Around a thousand people employed by the French publisher have reportedly signed the document.

Activision Blizzard Hires Law Firm Known for Sinking Unionization Attempts

Michal Ciezadlik, 30 July 2021, 12:15

Recent reports claim that Activision Blizzard has partnered with law firm WilmerHale. This is a well-known and prestigious firm, but also controversial - its services are used by Amazon, among others.

Top CS:GO Team Sues Its Former Coach

Michal Ciezadlik, 29 July 2021, 21:12

Another scandal in the professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene. Danish team Heroic has terminated the contract of its former coach and filed a lawsuit against him. The reason was that he had leaked sensitive information about the team's strategy.

Not Just Activision Blizzard - Ubisoft Employees Join Protest Over Discrimination

Jacob Blazewicz, 29 July 2021, 13:30

The protest of Activision Blizzard employees has reverberated widely. The action was also supported by developers from Ubisoft, who complain about the actions of their own employer regarding the 2020 scandal and call for rules on discrimination reports in the game industry.

Bobby Kotick Responds to Employee Frustration; Changes Announced in Activision Blizzard

Przemyslaw Dygas, 28 July 2021, 12:31

Bobby Kotick has addressed the scandals that have recently engulfed Activision Blizzard. The head of the company announced changes to eliminate harassment and discrimination issues.

Troublesome References to be Removed From World of Warcraft in the Wake of Blizzard Scandal

Przemyslaw Dygas, 28 July 2021, 11:04

Content that the company believes should not be there in light of recent events will be removed from World Of Warcraft. The action is related to the controversy surrounding Blizzard.

Blizzard Employees Outraged by Exec Response to Latest Lawsuit [UPDATED]

Michal Ciezadlik, 27 July 2021, 20:39

Former and current Activision Blizzard employees have written an open letter to the studio's management. In their opinion, the reaction of company's authorities to recent allegations of harassment and mobbing is „abhorrent”.

Work on WoW Suspended Amid Harassment Lawsuit and Community Protests

Michal Ciezadlik, 26 July 2021, 13:42

The controversy over the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard continues. Some employees are not happy with the company's policy, which is expected to result in long delays in work on World of Warcraft.

SUPERHOT VR Review Bombed After Devs Removed Controversial Content

Przemyslaw Dygas, 24 July 2021, 18:28

SUPERHOT VR has fallen victim to review bombing. All because of an update that removed disturbing scenes of self-mutilation and suicide from the game.

Blizzard President Takes the Floor on Sexual Harassment Accusations [UPDATED]

Filip Wegrzyn, 23 July 2021, 20:12

President of Blizzard Entertainment commented on sexual harassment and mobbing at Activision Blizzard in an email to colleagues. His opinion on the subject seems a tad contradictory than the company's official statement.

Wave of Protests in WoW After Reports of Harassment and Mobbing

Michal Ciezadlik, 23 July 2021, 13:03

Allegations of mobbing and sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard are taking their first toll. World of Warcraft community, outraged by the reports, began to organize protests on game servers.

Activision Blizzard Accused of Sexual Harassment and Mobbing

Michal Ciezadlik, 22 July 2021, 13:34

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Female employees of the company allegedly experienced sexual harassment.

11-year-old Bullied in Warzone Describes Pathological Player Behavior

Michal Ciezadlik, 20 July 2021, 13:20

The 11-year-old described his story to an older friend, who shared it on Reddit. The young player allegedly was repeatedly bullied by older players in CoD: Warzone who took advantage of his age.

Massive PS4 Mining Rig Was Used for FIFA Ultimate Team Coins

Adam Krolak, 18 July 2021, 20:53

What was thought to be a crypto mine turned out to be a bot farm mining FIFA Ultimate Team coins. There's new information on the thousands of PS4 consoles found in Ukrainian warehouse.

Popular GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas Mods Removed by Take-Two

Paul Musiolik, 18 July 2021, 19:54

GTA series publisher Take-Two has decided to force the removal of the most popular mods for GTA III, Vice City and San Andreas from the web.

EA Doesn't Give in to Blackmail Attempts of Desperate Hackers

Hubert Sledziewski, 16 July 2021, 22:18

The hackers who stole over 780GB of data from Electronic Arts last month have gone from trying to sell it to publishing it online. This is to make EA pay the ransom, but the corporation doesn't give in to the demands.

Yakuza Spin-off Series Lost Judgement About to End? PC Release Blocked

Jacob Blazewicz, 12 July 2021, 18:44

The future of the new series from the creators of Yakuza may prove to be extremely short. It's all because of... an acting agency, said to block Lost Judgment's release on Steam.

WoW Fans Angry and Disappointed With Conclusion to Sylvanas Thread

Jacob Blazewicz, 09 July 2021, 13:39

World of Warcraft players already got to know the ending of the new raid in the Shadowlands expansion. However, no one is celebrating because the crowning animation of Sanctum of Domination disappointed the fans, especially with the conclusion of Sylvanas Windrunner's thread.

There's Hope for Might and Magic 10; Ubisoft is Looking Into the Matter

Jacob Blazewicz, 07 July 2021, 18:56

The single-player campaign block in Might & Magic X: Legacy is not an intentional decision, but an „unforeseen glitch”. This is according to Ubisoft, which assured that the team is considering „all available options”.

Ubisoft Pulls Might and Magic 10 From Sale to Avoid Solving a Problem

Przemyslaw Dygas, 05 July 2021, 17:27

Ubisoft has pulled Might and Magic 10: Legacy from sale. All because of the problem preventing the users from playing the game, which appeared two weeks ago.

Gamers Don't Want to Pay Extra for 4K and 60 FPS in Ghost of Tsushima

Hubert Sledziewski, 05 July 2021, 16:44

The price of Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut on PS5 has electrified the fans. In their view, asking money for visual upgrades such as 4K resolution and 60fps is „dishonourable” and „in poor taste”.

$10 Million Stolen by Microsoft Employee by Reselling Xbox Gift Cards

Arkadiusz Strzala, 02 July 2021, 13:45

A Microsoft employee caused the company a $10 million loss by illegally reselling Xbox gift cards. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Price Tag for Our LinkedIn Data Revealed

Konrad Sarzynski, 01 July 2021, 13:20

The data of 700 million LinkedIn users has gone up for sale. This is another such case, and the way the data was obtained and the price for the entire database should raise many eyebrows.

Chris Avellone Responds to Harassment Allegations

Hubert Sledziewski, 28 June 2021, 19:02

Chris Avellone has decided to break the silence and respond to last year's harassment and sexual assault allegations. The developer has gathered evidence that he has decided to use to initiate a lawsuit to clear his name.

Ubisoft Shuts Down the Fan-made GoldenEye Remake in Far Cry 5

Adrian Werner, 25 June 2021, 11:13

Ubisoft has removed an ambitious fan project recreating maps from the classic FPS GoldenEye 007 from Far Cry Arcade.

AlterLife Could be a Competitor to The Sims; Gamers Fear a Scam

Przemyslaw Dygas, 18 June 2021, 18:40

The Sims has just gained another competitor in the form of AlterLife. VGG Studio's title received a trailer that reveals the first details about the differences compared to the work of Maxis. However, the project raises concerns among some players.

Five Nights at Freddy's Creator Retires Over Online Threats

Hubert Sledziewski, 17 June 2021, 20:56

Scott Cawthon, creator of the Five Nights at Freddy's game series, has announced his retirement. Does this mean the end of the popular horror game franchise?

Electronic Arts Servers Hack was Easier Than You Might Think

Christian Pieniazek, 11 June 2021, 19:27

The hackers responsible for breaking into EA's servers have shared information on how the whole process went. From their description it seems that the procedure was not particularly complicated and did not require specialized knowledge, but... cleverness.

CD Projekt Hacker Attack May Have Been More Serious Than Assumed

Hubert Sledziewski, 11 June 2021, 10:15

CD Projekt has announced that during the hacking attack on the Polish company's servers in February this year, in addition to game source codes, its employees' personal data was probably also stolen.

EA Servers Hacked; Hackers Steal FIFA 21 Source Code

Hubert Sledziewski, 10 June 2021, 20:32

Motherboard reached information about a hacking of EA's servers. Hackers had stolen source codes for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite engine. EA confirmed that the attack.

British Investment Fund Demands CD Project Executives to Step Down

Milosz Szubert, 07 June 2021, 16:17

British investment firm Abri Advisors, one of CD Projekt's shareholders, has sent a special letter to the creators of The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077. It demands the immediate resignation of Adam Kicinski and Marcin Iwinski. Otherwise it will urge the remaining shareholders to replace the entire board.

RomUniverse Website Owner Loses to Nintendo; Will Pay Millions

Angelika Kaldus, 01 June 2021, 15:38

Nintendo has won in court against the owner of the RomUniverse website, who was accused of copyright infringement. Now, Matthew Storman must pay millions of dollars.

No More Cheating Coaches in CS:GO? Valve Has a Solution

Hubert Sledziewski, 30 May 2021, 21:08

In the latest update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve introduced a new feature - coaches' positions will be recorded in the round's backup files to prevent future cheating on their part.

Iran Bans Crypto Mining Due to Power Shortages

Arkadiusz Strzala, 27 May 2021, 13:56

Iran is taking strong measures against crypto mining. By introducing a temporary ban, the local authorities are trying to prevent excessive energy consumption caused mainly by unregistered farms mining BTC, among other things.

GameDevPaidMe - Developers Reveal Their Earnings on Twitter

Adrian Piotrowski, 12 May 2021, 20:17

Hashtag #GameDevPaidMe is trending on Twitter again, and just like a year ago, developers are revealing their earnings and encouraging fellow developers to break the conspiracy of silence.

Resident Evil Village Accused of Ripping Off Monsters From Frankenstein's Army

Przemyslaw Dygas, 11 May 2021, 16:25

Resident Evil Village introduced players to a wide range of monsters with interesting designs. It turns out that some of them may have been plagiarized.

RAM and VRAM Hikes Due to Price Collusion? There's a Lawsuit

Przemyslaw Dygas, 10 May 2021, 17:40

Another increase in DRAM prices may be the result of price collusion by the largest manufacturers. Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron have once again been charged by law firm Hagens Berman.

Reports Suggest Giant Leak of Epic Games User Data [UPDATED]

Bart Swiatek, 10 May 2021, 10:26

Reports that have surfaced online suggest that user data from Epicgames.com may have been leaked. The leak may include emails, account names and possibly passwords of more than 106 million people.

Lawsuit Against Sony Could Give Us Cheaper PS4 and PS5 Games

Filip Wegrzyn, 07 May 2021, 21:40

A class action lawsuit against Sony Interactive Entertainment could lower the prices on PlayStation Store. The lawsuit is aimed at Sony's monopoly in selling digital copies of games for PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles.

Devs Have to Pay for Cross-play on PlayStation

Bart Swiatek, 04 May 2021, 11:34

Documents presented during the lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple have revealed details about Sony's approach to cross-play. The Japanese company requires developers to pay extra in some situations.

Jason Schreier on Controversy Surrounding Bonus Distribution at CD Projekt

Milosz Szubert, 30 April 2021, 21:04

In his latest article published on Bloomberg, Jason Schreier touched on the subject of bonuses received by the bosses of CD Projekt and how they compare to the amounts received by other employees. The disproportion is very large.

Doom Eternal Gets Paid Skins, Despite Promises of No Microtransactions

Filip Wegrzyn, 30 April 2021, 20:22

Cosmetic DLCs for Doom Eternal has appeared, available for purchase for real cash. It was quite an unexpected decision, because the creative director of id Software insisted before the launch that the sequel will not feature any microtransactions.

Riot Games Shuts Down LoL Fan Project

Bart Swiatek, 29 April 2021, 16:04

League of Legends fans developing the so-called Chronoshift project were forced to abandon the work. Riot's way of handling the matter sparked controversy, specifically the way one of the studio's employees talked to a member of the project's devteam.

Russian Man Arrested in US for Laundering $336 Million in Bitcoin

Angelika Kaldus, 29 April 2021, 14:41

Roman Sterlingov allegedly laundered 1.2 million BTC, worth nearly $336 million. He was arrested in Los Angeles after 10 years of operating the Bitcoin Fog mixing service.