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Switch leakers fired from jobs, under police investigation

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Switch leakers fired from jobs, under police investigation

The individuals behind last week's Nintendo Switch leak have lost their jobs and could face charges, as it turns out they had stolen the system from their workplace.

Last week, NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot posted a video of the Switch's UI in action, and claimed to have the console thanks to a shipping error.

"I just happened to get lucky because unnamed store decided to ship early for whatever reason," hiphoptherobot wrote.

However, Nintendo quickly deduced that the system was actually one of several stolen from a US distributor.

"Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold," said the company in a statement.

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Portal writer Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve

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Portal writer Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve

Long-time Valve writer Erik Wolpaw has left the company.

Wolpaw worked on Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead, and the Portal games, among others.

He is now working on Psychonauts 2 over at Double Fine – a game that was successfully crowdfunded last year.

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Hearthstone is getting 390 new cards this year

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Hearthstone is getting 390 new cards this year

Blizzard will add a mammoth 390 cards to Hearthstone this year – easily the biggest single-year total in the game's three year history.

The cards will come via three 130-card expansions. There won't be any smaller Adventure releases that include story and bosses, but elements of the Adventure format will appear, the company said.

In addition, a number of cards will soon only be available in the game's Wild mode, which was launched last year so Blizzard could retire overpowered cards from Standard play (which is the basis for competitive and ranked play), but also keep them available for those that wish to continue use them.

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Switch ships early to customer, who reveals UI in video

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Switch ships early to customer, who reveals UI in video

Nintendo's Switch isn't out until March 3, but someone has one already.

For some reason, NeoGAF user hiphoptherobot got his or her Switch retail pre-order early, and has cautiously shared a video of the system's UI.

Hiphoptherobot won’t be selling the unit despite some tempting offers, because he or she doesn’t want to risk legal action from Nintendo.

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Kiwi studio RocketWerkz to unveil new game next month

Kiwi studio RocketWerkz to unveil new game next month

The next game from Kiwi studio RocketWerkz will be unveiled at UK gaming expo EGX Rezzed next month.

All we know so far is that it's a game for PC.

RocketWerkz is owned by Kiwi Dean Hall, who rose to prominence after creating DayZ, a popular online survival FPS that sparked a period of enormous growth in the genre and influenced the design of games like Rust and H1Z1.

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Dunk Lords is an NBA Jam brawler from Spelunky programmer Andy Hull

Dunk Lords is an NBA Jam brawler from Spelunky programmer Andy Hull

A sports brawler where "a perfectly timed uppercut is the best counter to a dunk" is the next project from Spelunky programmer Andy Hull.

Dunk Lords is a two-on-two basketball beat 'em up featuring over-the-top special moves, devastating dunks, and game-changing equipment.

Players choose from 16 characters – each with unique special attacks and abilities – and do battle on a variety of hazard-filled courts.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta stealths in next week

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands open beta stealths in next week

An open beta for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands will run from February 23 to 27 on consoles and PC, Ubisoft has announced.

Pre-loading will be available from Monday February 20, and each player entering the beta will get access to an exclusive mission should they buy and play the full game before March 31.

The exclusive mission is called “Unidad Conspiracy”, and has players spark a war between the Unidad (a local corrupt militia), and the Santa Blanca cartel.

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Aussie studio unveils pretty puzzler The Gardens Between

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Aussie studio unveils pretty puzzler The Gardens Between

Aussie adventure puzzle title The Gardens Between is coming to Steam for Windows and Mac in Q4 2017.

The game is the first PC title from Melbourne-based studio The Voxel Agents, best known for the mobile smash hit Train Conductor series.

The Gardens Between has two best friends explore a surreal world of mysterious gardens.

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PAX Australia 2017 dates and ticket prices announced

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PAX Australia 2017 dates and ticket prices announced

PAX Australia will return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 27-29 of this year.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale on March 14.

PAX Aus is run by US-based gaming company Penny Arcade in conjunction with pop culture event specialists ReedPOP. It features a show packed with exhibitors, freeplay gaming spaces, industry and community panels, live concerts, international speakers, and exclusive reveals.