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Some Twitch streamers are inflating viewer numbers with bots - report

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Some Twitch streamers are inflating viewer numbers with bots - report

Computer security and antivirus company Symantec says some Twitch streamers may be inflating their viewerships with bots.

Symantec claims to have uncovered what it calls a "Twitch botnet marketplace" where streamers can "take a shortcut and generate a large audience of bots for their Twitch channels".

The bots were made up of users who agreed to allow their accounts to be used, or infected computers that were being directed to view Twitch streams of operators who had paid for the service.

Symantec added that the practice isn't unique to Twitch.

"These services allow people to rent bots over a period of time to boost their Twitch channel viewership stats," said Symantec. "The offerings are marketed as being easy for customers to set up. We also found that many services offered a single application that could generate a huge number of fake Twitch channel viewers."

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Halo 5: Guardians gets a release date, new trailers

Halo 5: Guardians gets a release date, new trailers

The next chapter in the Halo series will be out later this year.

Halo 5: Guardians will be released on October 27 exclusively for Xbox One, Microsoft announced this afternoon.

"The Master Chief. Spartan Locke. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted?" said Microsoft in a press release.

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Obsidian plans patch for Pillars of Eternity known issues

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Obsidian plans patch for Pillars of Eternity known issues

Obsidian has announced that it's working on a Pillars of Eternity patch to fix a number of issues reported by users.

Ahead of the patch the developer has also suggested some workarounds for the most common issues.

Among the reported issues are framerate drops, crashes on 32-bit PCs, the inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, the inability to save, issues with animal companions, repeated sound effects, and delayed audio.

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Halo: MCC April update will include more ranked playlists

Halo: MCC April update will include more ranked playlists

The next content update to Halo: The Master Chief Collection will address a variety of issues across the game including improvements to ranking, and new quit and betrayal penalties, says 343 Industries.

In an update on Halo Waypoint, the studio said the March update had "normalized and improved matchmaking", and that the studio was now looking to address top community items and requests.

The April update will add ranks to additional playlists, said 343.

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Steam's "Discovery Update" a success, says Valve

Steam's "Discovery Update" a success, says Valve

The Steam Discovery Update has been a great success, says platformer operator Valve.

The update, released in September 2014, helps users find more of the games they like to play through personalised recommendations and and curated lists.

Valve posted an update on the program in the SteamworksDev group. It was reposted with permission to Reddit.

In it, Valve said Discovery Queue, which shows users a mix of new releases, popular products and personalised recommendations based on user taste, has resulted in significantly more users viewing and buying games.

"The Steam Discovery Update as a whole resulted in a sustained 30 percent increase in views of product pages across Steam, and the discovery queue has contributed almost 75 percent of that total increase in page views," said Valve.

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13-year-old arrested for multiple Swatting incidents

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13-year-old arrested for multiple Swatting incidents

A 13-year-old has been arrested in California for allegedly calling multiple police departments in two states in an attempt to "SWAT" three targets.

The Camarillo, California, teen, who has name suppression due to his age, made three false reports of violent crimes in progress between January 15 and 20.

In the first incident on January 15, the teen allegedly attempted to SWAT a rival Minecraft player in Ocean City, New Jersey, reports Ars Technica.

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Asteroids: Outpost is a multiplayer shooter reboot, more "rebirths" coming

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Asteroids: Outpost is a multiplayer shooter reboot, more "rebirths" coming

Atari has released a new Asteroids game into Early Access on Steam, but it’s not the Asteroids game many will remember.

Asteroids: Outpost is a sandbox multiplayer shooter that Atari says is a “dramatic reboot” of the 1979 arcade classic.

Set in the distant future, Outpost puts players in the role of deep-space miners, harvesting rare ore and expanding their bases, while protecting themselves from deadly asteroid showers and claim jumpers.

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Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't be out this year after all

Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't be out this year after all

The as-yet unnamed Legend of Zelda game coming to the Wii U will not release this year after all.

In a video update, Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma said that the development team is focussing on creating a quality game rather than on just getting it out this year.

"In these last three months, as the team has experienced firsthand the freedom of exploration that hasn't existed in any Zelda game to date, we have discovered several new possibilities for this game," he said.

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Steam is hosting a Sega sale this weekend

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Steam is hosting a Sega sale this weekend

Sega's catalogue of games is on sale this weekend over at Steam with up to 75 percent off some of its most popular titles.

The sale runs through to March 30.

Nearly all of the Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75 percent.

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GOG's expanded refund policy takes a jab at Steam

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GOG's expanded refund policy takes a jab at Steam

GOG.com has expanded its refunds policy, making it easier for consumers to get their money back when they've made a mistake.

GOG now offers refunds on any game for 30 days as long as the user hasn't begun to download it. Previously, this window had been 14 days in line with EU law.

In addition, if the game won't run due to technical issues and the support team can't help, the 30 day refund window also applies.

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Milestone Studios announces MotoGP 15

Milestone Studios announces MotoGP 15

Milestone has unveiled MotoGP 15, the third entry in its motorcycle racing series.

This new edition will feature better rider customisation, an enhanced career mode and the entire 2015 season of the motorcycle world championship.

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GTA V patch affects new-gen graphics quality

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GTA V patch affects new-gen graphics quality

The latest patch for Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has led to a downturn in the game's graphical performance.

Rockstar said it is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

"We are aware of some graphical issues on the Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTAV after the most recent Title Update, and we are investigating a fix now," said Rockstar.

The patch, 1.08, included a laundry list of bug fixes and changes.

The issue does not appear to affect the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 editions of Grand Theft Auto V.

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Halo 5: Guardians gets a release date, new trailers
Halo 5: Guardians gets a release date, new trailers
NEWS Coming later this year.
XO
Action: First-Person
Obsidian plans patch for Pillars of Eternity known issues
Obsidian plans patch for Pillars of Eternity known issues
NEWS Workarounds also offered.
PC, Mac
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Some Twitch streamers are inflating viewer numbers with bots - report
Some Twitch streamers are inflating viewer numbers with bots - report
NEWS "A botnet marketplace" uncovered.
1
Steam's "Discovery Update" a success, says Valve
Steam's "Discovery Update" a success, says Valve
NEWS But Curator program has room to improve.
Halo: MCC April update will include more ranked playlists
Halo: MCC April update will include more ranked playlists
NEWS Community items now in sight.
XO
Action: First-Person
13-year-old arrested for multiple Swatting incidents
13-year-old arrested for multiple Swatting incidents
NEWS "He felt he was wronged."
3
Asteroids: Outpost is a multiplayer shooter reboot, more "rebirths" coming
Asteroids: Outpost is a multiplayer shooter reboot, more "rebirths" coming
NEWS Tempest, Missile Command could be next.
9
Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't be out this year after all
Legend of Zelda on Wii U won't be out this year after all
NEWS Won't be shown at E3 either.
GTA V patch affects new-gen graphics quality
GTA V patch affects new-gen graphics quality
NEWS Fix incoming.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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GOG's expanded refund policy takes a jab at Steam
GOG's expanded refund policy takes a jab at Steam
NEWS "Hitting 'Buy' doesn't waive your rights".
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Steam is hosting a Sega sale this weekend
Steam is hosting a Sega sale this weekend
NEWS Up to 75% off.
17
Milestone Studios announces MotoGP 15
Milestone Studios announces MotoGP 15
NEWS Coming in autumn.
Valve-endorsed Half-Life 2 mod upgrades visuals
Valve-endorsed Half-Life 2 mod upgrades visuals
NEWS Free from tomorrow.
PC, Xbox
Action: First-Person
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Call of Duty franchise has sold more than 175 million copies
Call of Duty franchise has sold more than 175 million copies
NEWS Players have thrown 300bn grenades.
Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection has a 16GB day one patch for Xbox One
Borderlands: The Handsome Jack Collection has a 16GB day one patch for Xbox One
NEWS 8GB patch for PS4.
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Konami suspends Kojima Station show
Konami suspends Kojima Station show
NEWS The apparent row continues.
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PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming today
PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming today
NEWS Yakimura is here.
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Spielberg to direct the film adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One
Spielberg to direct the film adaptation of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One
NEWS Under way at Warner Bros.
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Halo Online is a free-to-play online shooter for the Russian market
Halo Online is a free-to-play online shooter for the Russian market
NEWS No plans for additional markets.
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YouTube to launch game and eSports streaming service
YouTube to launch game and eSports streaming service
RUMOUR If you can't buy 'em, fight 'em.
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First Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC, Jaws of Hakkon, out now
First Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC, Jaws of Hakkon, out now
NEWS For PC, XO.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
RPG: Action
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Bloodborne patch will focus on load times
Bloodborne patch will focus on load times
NEWS Performance optimisation incoming.
PS4
RPG: Action
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Arkham Knight will be a digital-only release on PC in UK - report
Arkham Knight will be a digital-only release on PC in UK - report
NEWS More on Rocksteady's next.
PC, XO, PS4
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Rainbow Six Siege beta sign-ups now open
Rainbow Six Siege beta sign-ups now open
NEWS Preordering guarantees access.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Third-Person
H1Z1 sells more than 1 million on Steam
H1Z1 sells more than 1 million on Steam
NEWS Milestone smashed.
PC, PS4
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Sarkeesian and PewDiePie named among Time's 30 most influential on the Internet
Sarkeesian and PewDiePie named among Time's 30 most influential on the Internet
NEWS Join world leaders and pop icons.
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Twitch accounts compromised
Twitch accounts compromised
NEWS Passwords have been reset.
Rocksteady's Arkham games to be remastered for new-gen - report
Rocksteady's Arkham games to be remastered for new-gen - report
NEWS Coming holidays 2015.
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Driveclub developer cuts 55 employees loose
Driveclub developer cuts 55 employees loose
NEWS Post-release downsizing.
PS4
Rainbow Six: Siege closed beta coming later this year
Rainbow Six: Siege closed beta coming later this year
NEWS To XO, PS4, PC.
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