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That big Cyberpunk 2077 combined lawsuit will be filed next month

By Dom Peppiatt 26 May 2021 10:39 GMT The lawsuit consisting of four class action lawsuits being brought against Cyberpunk 2077 developer, CD Projekt, is due to be filed with the court in June, the company has said.Just last week, we heard that Polish developer CD Projekt will be facing one major lawsuit over Cyberpunk 2077 instead of four, as the court dealing with proceedings has consolidated the four class action lawsuits filed against it in December and January into one case.Now, CD Projekt has issued an update on the situation during a shareholder meeting, stating that a lead plaintiff had been appointed ahead and…

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Epic reportedly offered Sony $200 million for PlayStation exclusives

Epic Games has reportedly courted Sony to release its first-party games exclusively on the Epic Games Store.The Epic Games vs. Apple trial continues to be a goldmine in revealing the corporate wheeling and dealing that goes on behind the scenes in the ultra-secretive video game industry.Watch on YouTubeThe latest reveal concerns Epic Games’ ambitions to have the Epic Games Store become the first destination for players to buy Microsoft, Sony and even Nintendo first-party exclusives. Among several tactics to grow the store’s userbase, Epic proposed a strategy to convince the top console platform holders to bring their games to PC.The…

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Epic spent $11.6 million on EGS freebies in its first nine months alone, according to court documents

Part of Epic Games’ strategy to carve out a share in the digital PC market was laid bare thanks to its trial with Apple.Epic Games, through its trial with Apple over anti-trust concerns, has submitted a number of documents detailing several aspects of how it manages the Epic Games Store business on PC, as well as its relations with partners.Watch on YouTubeIt’s how we learned about Sony’s cross-play fees, how much money Epic spent on the Borderlands 3 exclusive and much more.One other reveal Epic made was detailing exactly how much money was given to every developer and publisher whose…

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Epic vs. Apple court documents reveal why Sony was against cross-play for so long, and how this changed

New documents unearthed in Epic’s trial with Apple have revealed just how averse Sony has been to the prospect of cross-play.Cross-play is one of those things Sony has long had a hard line on for seemingly no reason. The platform holder initially blocked the ability for PlayStation players to play games with friends on other platforms.Watch on YouTubeAt the start, this affected a small subset of games like Rocket League and several other smaller games, but it all came to a head when Epic Games really pushed for it with Fortnite. Sony eventually allowed cross-play, and many multiplayer games have…

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PlayStation is Fortnite’s biggest platform

By Dom Peppiatt 29 April 2021 10:40 GMT Documents relating to the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic have revealed that PlayStation is in fact Fortnite‘s biggest platform.Court documents that have been disclosed ahead of the legal battle proper reveal that PlayStation 4 generated 46.8% of Fortnite’s total revenue from March 2018 until July 2020 – nearly half of the game’s full revenue stream (thanks, The Verge).In contrast, Xbox One was second-highest with only 27.5%, showing that Sony’s last-gen platform really did rake in the players (and the money) at the height of Fortnite’s popularity.In 2019, the game earned…

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Xbox controller drift class-action lawsuit will be settled out of court

By Dom Peppiatt 19 April 2021 14:15 GMT An ongoing class-action lawsuit against Microsoft for “stick drift” for its Xbox Wireless Controllers has been moved to arbitration. That is, it’ll be settled out of court.Whether using the Xbox controller on either Xbox Series S/X consoles or PC, players have reported drift cropping up on the new tech, and US law firm CSK&D brought the issue to a US court in April 2020.The law firm, as per GamesIndustry.biz, states that a high volume of Xbox controllers have been affected by drift that crops up after general use of the hardware.Watch on YouTubeIn an…

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Activision gives Call of Duty stat-tracking website until Monday to shut down – or else

Activision has ordered Call of Duty stat-tracking site SBMMWarzone.com to shut the website down by Monday, or risk facing legal action from the publisher.SBMM Warzone has made headlines as an infamous tool that casual and professional players of Call of Duty Warzone alike use to track their stats and get into the most ideal lobbies.It became fairly infamous thanks to players using it to gauge the skills of other players in a given lobby, and dropping then dropping out of the game before it began if things didn’t look promising for them. Pros, including JaredFPS from esports organization XSET, said…

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Frogwares is asking folks not to buy The Sinking City on Steam

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 27 February 2021 16:22 GMT With The Sinking City having returned to Steam, Frogwares is asking that you not purchase it.According to a tweet from Frogwares, the version of The Sinking City up for sale on Steam was “not created” by the team.The studio has not published any additional updates on the matter, but it likely has to do with a dispute between the developer and the game’s publisher Nacon, formerly Big Ben Interactive (thanks, GI.biz).Back in 2020, the studio pulled the game from the marketplace and terminated its contract with Nacon due to claims of…

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PS5 DualSense teardown estimates ‘417 hour life’, reveals causes of drift

Have you suffered from PlayStation 5 DualSense controller drift? A new teardown may have revealed why it keeps happening.A new video from iFixit – a veteran channel that’s been taking tech apart and examining how it works for years – shows a PlayStation 5 DualSense teardown that unearths why the new pad may be doomed to drift issues.iFixit claims that PlayStation, Nintendo, and Xbox controllers have “a long history of predictable, preventable issues” thanks to stock joystick hardware in their pads.As per the video below, the DualShock 4, the Xbox One, and Xbox One Elite controllers “could easily exceed their operating life in just…

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Twitch edited Metallica’s BlizzConline show to avoid a DMCA strike

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 21 February 2021 13:42 GMT If you were watching 2021’s BlizzConline show on Twitch, you may have been taken aback to see heavy metal monsters Metallica sound a little different from what you were expecting.Twitch replaced Metallica’s live performance of For Whom The Bell Tolls at the end of BlizzConline’s opening ceremony with royalty-free music to avoid a DMCA (that’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act) takedown, making for some… interesting scenes at the end of the show.Anyone watching the stream via the Twitch Gaming channel may have noted that the heavy riffs of James Hetfiled and the gang…

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Apple is trying to drag Valve into its on-going legal battle with Epic

Against its will, Valve is being dragged into the Epic vs. Apple antitrust lawsuit, with new documents revealing Apple has asked Valve to hand over financial data.Various court documents have revealed that Valve has been subpoenaed by Apple for Steam commercial data, with Tim Cook’s tech giant requesting years of in-depth sales information from the Steam platform owner.“Apple and Valve have engaged in several meet and confers, but Valve has refused to produce information responsive to Requests 2 and 32,” says the joint discovery letter.Apple notes that “Epic’s various mobile and non-mobile distribution options are central to disputed issues of market…

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Scavengers suspends co-founder following workplace abuse allegations

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 28 January 2021 16:12 GMT After a report exposed a slew of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against the studio, Scavengers has announced it has indefinitely suspended co-founder and creative director Simon Darveau.A report published by GamesIndustry.biz earlier this week outlined a series of grievous misdemeanors enacted by senior staff at the studio, leading to a “toxic work environment”.Creative director Simon Darveau and his romantic partner (at the time of the studio’s founding) CEO Amelie Lamarche were reportedly mostly to blame for the toxicity in the Montreal-based studio, known for its work on both Darwin Project and…

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Gearbox settles Duke Nukem music lawsuit with Bobby Prince

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 15:41 GMT Gearbox has resolved yet another load of legal drama related to the shooter series.Gearbox Software has settled a legal dispute with Duke Nukem 3D composer Bobby Prince.In a press release, the studio said that it had settled the matter, but didn’t go into any detail about what this involved.This follows Prince filing a lawsuit against Gearbox in 2019 over the studio using his music “without obtaining a license” for the 2016 release, Duke Nukem 3D World Tour. Earlier this year, Gearbox – who bought the Duke Nukem IP from Apogee Software…

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You probably shouldn’t say ‘simp’, ‘incel’ or ‘virgin’ on Twitch anymore

Twitch is updating its hateful conduct and harassment policy soon and as part of the new measures, users are going to be discouraged from using the words ‘simp’, ‘incel’, and ‘virgin’.Last week, Twitch announced widespread changes to its policies around harassment and hateful conduct that will be coming into place on January 22, 2021.As per the streaming platform “women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Black, Indigenous, and people of color” are frequently harassed on the site, and now bold new measures are being put in place to better safeguard the community and create a more positive, productive space.The new guidelines,…

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Uri Geller allows The Pokemon Company to print Kadabra on Pokemon cards again

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 29 November 2020 13:02 GMT Spoon-bending magician Uri Geller has finally given Nintendo permission to print Kadabra on Pokémon cards again after a 20 year legal battle in which Geller claimed the character’s likeness was too familiar to his own.After an article over on The Gamer once again dug into why the mid-stage evolution psychic Pokemon hasn’t appeared on Pokemon cards in about two decades, Geller appears to have enjoyed a change of heart.“I am truly sorry for what I did 20 years ago,” Geller tweeted. “Kids and grownups I am releasing the ban. It’s now…