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Lawsuit accuses Valve of enabling illegal CS:GO gambling

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Lawsuit accuses Valve of enabling illegal CS:GO gambling

A lawsuit has been filed against Valve Software that accuses the Steam platform-holder of enabling an "illegal online gambling market" via Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The suit, filed for CS:GO player Michael McLeod, claims that Valve "knowingly allowed, supported, and/or sponsored illegal gambling by allowing millions of Americans to link their individual Steam accounts to third-party websites."

It refers to websites like CSGO Diamonds and CSGO Lounge, where players can bet on match outcomes using weapon skins.

Because skins can be bought and traded for real money, these websites treat them "like casino chips that have monetary value outside the game itself because of the ability to convert them directly into cash," the suit alleges.

Furthermore, the suit adds that some such sites "[allow] minor users to place illegal bets," thanks to a lack of age verification.

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TinyBuild-G2A feud sees ultimatums from both sides

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TinyBuild-G2A feud sees ultimatums from both sides

A disagreement between indie game developer TinyBuild and grey-market digital game key reseller G2A has escalated, with both entities issuing ultimatums.

The fiasco began earlier this week, when TinyBuild accused G2A of facilitating a black market of stolen game licenses and costing the studio US$450,000 in lost revenue.

G2A responded with a statement in which it demanded TinyBuild "provide their list of suspicious keys within 3 days from the date of [the statement's] transmission."

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Hi-Rez Expo to feature Smite World Champs, Paladins debut

Hi-Rez Expo to feature Smite World Champs, Paladins debut

Developer Hi-Rez today announced the Hi-Rez Expo, an all-new event to host tournaments of the studio's competitive games.

HRX 2017 will encompass the Smite World Championships, the PC component of which boasts a prize pool of US$1m. An Xbox championship will make its debut, and its prize pool will total US$150,000.

Both tournaments will feature contenders from Australia and New Zealand – players qualify via the Oceania Pro League 2016 Season, a league that offers an AU$100,000 prize pool.

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Steam Summer Sale returns to raid PC gamers' wallets

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Steam Summer Sale returns to raid PC gamers' wallets

Online game retailer Steam has begun its annual Summer Sale, with significant discounts applied to new and older games alike.

Keeping with tradition, the sale brings with it a new set of Steam trading cards, which can be attained via actions like purchasing games, exploring discovery queues, crafting badges, and buying or trading them directly.

Users who collect all ten of the new cards can get a special badge, profile background, and emoticon for use on the platform, if they're into that.

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Fully immersive X Rocker gaming chairs coming to NZ

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Fully immersive X Rocker gaming chairs coming to NZ

Gamers are set to experience an all-new way to play when the X Rocker gaming chair range releases in New Zealand in early July.

Varying in design, each X Rocker model comes with built-in stereo speakers, as well as a sub-woofer to offer an audio solution for gaming, watching movies or listening to music.

In production since 2005, X Rocker chairs use audio frequency modulation technology in their design to create "an unmatched, fully immersive experience that puts you at the centre of it all".

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Neo Tokyo brings new cars and arenas to Rocket League

Neo Tokyo brings new cars and arenas to Rocket League

The latest content update for Rocket League is now live with title update 7, Neo Tokyo.

The update saw the close of Competitive Season 2, with rewards being paid out to all participants that achieved the rank of "Prospect I" and above. Competitive Season 3 has now commenced, with all skill ratings also being reset in the patch.

The titular 'Neo Tokyo' arena has been added to all casual and competitive playlists. Additionally, the new 'Pillars' arena has been made available in the Rocket Labs playlist.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda will bring nuance to morality

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Mass Effect: Andromeda will bring nuance to morality

Mass Effect: Andromeda will not include the Paragon/Renegade morality system known to the franchise.

BioWare creative director Mac Walters noted in an interview with Gamesradar that Andromeda will offer a more nuanced sense of morality in its gameplay, with more complex choices.

"We’ve been looking ... to engage more of those shades of grey"BioWare creative director Mac Walters
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God of War inspired by "sympathetic" Emperor Palpatine

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God of War inspired by "sympathetic" Emperor Palpatine

The upcoming God of War sequel was inspired by the depiction of Emperor Palpatine in a cancelled Star Wars TV show, says game director Cory Barlog.

Speaking to VentureBeat, Barlog said he wanted to "tell stories in a much more diverse emotional palette," where previously "we were always kind of, 'RAAARGH!'"

The principal focus in the project's early stages, he said, was "pitching Kratos getting another chance at being a dad," largely because "creatively we see things differently because we’re all having kids."

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Blizzard removes Overwatch's "Avoid This Player" feature

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Blizzard removes Overwatch's "Avoid This Player" feature

Blizzard has disabled the functionality of Overwatch's "Avoid This Player" feature, according to game director Jeff Kaplan.

Kaplan explained the feature change in a post on the official Overwatch forums regarding the game's matchmaking system.

The feature, which allowed players to block specific players from matchmaking with them, was designed so that players could prevent themselves from repeatedly encountering trolls or harassers.

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Zowie gaming peripherals are coming to NZ
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Zowie gaming peripherals are coming to NZ
With gaming monitors in the works.
Developer says game key resale fraud cost it $450,000
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Developer says game key resale fraud cost it $450,000
Welcome to the digital pawnshop.
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Rooster Teeth's RTX Con returns to Sydney in 2017
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Rooster Teeth's RTX Con returns to Sydney in 2017
Additional expansions a possibility in the future.