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Oculus Rift founder is funding a pro-Trump organisation

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Oculus Rift's Palmer Luckey is funding a pro-Trump "shitposting" organisation

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is funding a political organisation dedicated to promoting Donald Trump and "shitposting" Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to a report by The Daily Beast.

Luckey has financially backed the non-profit group Nimble America, and is a co-founder and vice president of the organisation, the report claims.

The group was also founded by two moderators from the r/The_Donald community on Reddit.

That Reddit forum has grown to be one of the Republican nominee's biggest online forces, where he notably hosted a controlled AMA in July. However, as The Daily Beast notes, those wanting to become a moderator within the forum must answer questions that include "Is there a difference between white nationalism and white supremacy?" and "was 9/11 an inside job?"

The Daily Beast also identified a relationship between Luckey and Milo Yiannopoulos, a vocal alt-right presence online well-known for his recent Twitter ban:

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AOC sponsors prolific e-sports organisation Team Liquid

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AOC sponsors prolific e-sports organisation Team Liquid

Premiere display manufacturer AOC has thrown its might behind leading e-sports organisation, Team Liquid.

Team Liquid is represented in StarCraft II, League of Legends, CS:GO, Dota 2, Halo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

The partnership is expected to be "long-lasting for many tournaments and leagues".

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Riot to expand revenue streams for LoL pro players and teams

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Riot to expand revenue streams for LoL pro players and teams

League of Legends developer Riot Games today announced its plans for the future of LoL eSports, which include revenue-sharing for teams.

The company was criticised recently by former player and current team owner Andy Dinh for changing gameplay elements just before major tournaments, jeopardising players' ability to make a living.

Today's announcement is designed to "create additional revenue streams for players and teams," and adds a range of new eSports initiatives similar to those of competing MOBA Dota 2.

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Kingdoms of Amalur studio to repay US$2.5 million

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Kingdoms of Amalur studio to repay US$2.5 million

Curt Schilling and three other 38 Studios execs have agreed to pay US$2.5 million to settle a lawsuit from the state of Rhode Island.

The lawsuit came after the former baseball star's studio failed to pay back a US$75 million job-creation loan, made in 2012 by Rhode Island's Economic Development Corporation (now the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation) to attract the studio to the state.

After releasing Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, 38 Studios laid off its 379 employees and declared bankruptcy, despite the title selling a considerable 1.3 million copies in its first 90 days.

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Rocket League's latest DLC is totally not set in Rapture

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Rocket League's latest DLC is totally not set in Rapture

Rocket League is unabashedly riffing on BioShock in its latest free DLC update.

Entitled "Aquadome," the pack takes players to the bottom of the ocean, staging the game's trademark rocket-car ball sports in a huge underwater stadium.

Sharks and other marine life patrol outside the glass dome, whose design is fitted out with art deco flourishes to make Andrew Ryan jealous.

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Titanfall 2's 1v1 mode is a Doritos & Mountain Dew tie-in

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Titanfall 2's 1v1 mode is a Doritos & Mountain Dew tie-in

Two additional game modes have been confirmed for Titanfall 2 - one old, one new - and accessing one of them may require bowing to one of the biggest cliches of gaming culture.

Attrition mode, in which teams of players fight each other, aided and abetted by numerous AI grunts - returns from the original game.

The score limit has been upped from 300 to 400 in the new title, and the AI improved, but otherwise the gameplay appears identical to the popular original Attrition mode.

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Skylanders Academy Season 1 hits Netflix next month

Skylanders Academy Season 1 hits Netflix next month

Skylanders Academy is coming to the small screen, via a Netflix-exclusive season of television.

Activision's toys-to-life franchise will hit the streaming service in a worldwide release on October 28.

The series was announced in June, and will feature the voices of Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, and Jonathan Banks, among others.

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Guillemot says Vivendi "threatens the construction and pillars of Ubisoft"

Guillemot says Vivendi "threatens the construction and pillars of Ubisoft"

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has finally spoken candidly about the prospect of Vivendi taking over the 30-year-old studio and publisher.

Speaking with Gamespot, Guillemot said the company's "creativity, agility, and risk-taking" could be lost in a Vivendi takeover.

Guillemot cited Ubisoft's decision to support the Wii U (with ZombiU), as well as its bold moves towards VR (with Werewolves Within, Eagle Flight, and Star Trek Bridge Crew), as the kinds of decisions that wouldn't be made under Vivendi ownership.

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Valve changes Steam review policy yet again

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Valve changes Steam review policy yet again

Valve has once again changed its Steam review ratings system - this time based on the response to its last such change.

Developers revolted at the storefront owner's changes last week, protesting at the omission from score calculations of reviews based on Steam keys obtained via Kickstarters, bundles, direct sales, and other storefronts.

Admitting the changes made it "more difficult to find and read the helpful, articulate reviews written by customers that obtained the game outside of Steam," Valve has given reviews from all purchase sources equal weighting in appearing on review pages.

Friday 23 September

AOC sponsors prolific e-sports organisation Team Liquid
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AOC sponsors prolific e-sports organisation Team Liquid
Putting the "L" in "LCD."
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Kingdoms of Amalur studio to repay US$2.5 million
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Kingdoms of Amalur studio to repay US$2.5 million
Of a US$75 million debt.
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An Iron Lord's Path: Day 2
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An Iron Lord's Path: Day 2
A Destiny: Rise of Iron journal.
In Fear I Trust trailer
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In Fear I Trust trailer
Skylanders Academy Season 1 hits Netflix next month
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Skylanders Academy Season 1 hits Netflix next month
Never too young to binge-watch.
Titanfall 2 reminds Respawn of Half-Life
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Titanfall 2 reminds Respawn of Half-Life
Looking back to go forward.
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