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"Toxic" streamer permanently banned from League of Legends

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"Toxic" streamer permanently banned from League of Legends

Toxic Twitch streamer Tyler1 has responded to Riot's decision to permanently ban him from League of Legends.

His vlogged response: "meh, I saw it coming, dude."

Tyler1 has become known for his self-described "toxic" behaviour, which is how he amassed thousands of followers but also the reason Riot permabanned him.

Riot Games' Socrates posted the following explanation on the League of Legends forums:

Hey all,

Instant Feedback catches the most unsportsmanlike players in League, but some people go out of their way to continue ruining games for the community. Because of a well-documented history of account bans for verbal abuse, intentional feeding, as well as account sharing/purchasing, evasion of sportsmanship systems, and player harassment, we will not allow Tyler1 to hold a League of Legends account, indefinitely. Any account definitively used by him will be banned immediately upon identification.

We know we're not perfect, and this dragged on too long, but we want you to know when the rare player comes along who's a genuine jerk, we've still got your back.
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Overwatch to launch without competitive play

Overwatch to launch without competitive play

Blizzard's anticipated multiplayer shooter Overwatch will launch without Competitive Play, director Jeff Kaplan has confirmed.

Though the system was included in the closed beta, Kaplan said in a forum post that community feedback pushed Blizzard to "rework the system and make it better."

"Our plan is to bring back a newly re-designed version of Competitive Play sometime after Overwatch launches."

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Is this the obscured face of Watch Dogs 2's protagonist?

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Is this the obscured face of Watch Dogs 2's protagonist?

A possible image of the protagonist of Watch Dogs 2 may have leaked, via an actor's Instagram account.

Actor Cort King posted the image with the following hashtag-laden, SEO-friendly description, before setting his account to private:

Had a blast doing motion capture work as the lead character in a new video game series! (= #actor #motioncapture #artist #videogames #ps4 #xbox #art #work #comingsoon #WatchDogs2
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Dishonored 2 release date and voice cast revealed

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Dishonored 2 release date and voice cast revealed

Dishonored 2 has a new holiday release date, and a new voice cast to match.

Launching November 11th, the game features the vocal talents of a host of film, TV, and video game stars:

Vincent D'Onofio (Netflix's Daredevil, Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black)
Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Netflix's Daredevil, Death Proof)
Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos, The Good Wife)
Sam Rockwell (Moon, Galaxy Quest, Iron Man 2)
Jamie Hector (The Wire, Heroes, Halo: Reach)
Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham, Accepted, Another Earth)
Stephen Russell (Thief, Fallout 4, Skyrim)
Erica Luttrel (Fallout 4, The Magic School Bus)

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WH40K: Dawn of War III is coming to PC next year

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WH40K: Dawn of War III is coming to PC next year

A third Dawn of War title is in the works at Relic Entertainment, Sega announced today.

“This is the Dawn of War that fans have been waiting for,” said executive producer Stephen MacDonald.

“Our biggest units ever? Check. Giant orbital lasers? Check. Base-building, epic heroes, huge battles, it’s all in there. Get ready for the biggest Dawn of War yet. For the Emperor!”

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Nintendo president: declining sales make NX "essential"

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Nintendo president: declining sales make NX "essential"

Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima says the company's upcoming NX console is vital to resuscitating its flagging sales.

Citing a predicted drop in annual Wii U sales from 2.4 million units to 800,000, Kimishima said that "NX and smart device business will be essential to cover this gap."

Kimishima's comment came in an investor Q&A following his firm's earnings call.

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Gears of War 4 would have cost Epic $100m

Gears of War 4 would have cost Epic $100m

Had Epic Games held on to Gears of War, a fourth title in the series would have cost more than US$100 million, says co-founder Tim Sweeney.

Though the first Gears of War "was very profitable," bringing in $100m revenue off a $12m budget, increasing development costs began to become a problem.

Five years later, Gears of War 3 cost "about four or five times more" than the original, for example.

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Mighty No. 9 given another, allegedly final, release date

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Mighty No. 9 given another, allegedly final, release date

Mighty No. 9 has yet another release date – and supposedly, this one's final.

Creator Keiji Inafune said in a blog post that the Mega Man spiritual successor has "gone gold," which would indicate development is finally complete on the long-delayed project.

"I would like to say again how sincerely sorry we are for how long we have kept all of our fans waiting," wrote Inafune.

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Oculus deploys retail Rifts before fulfilling pre-orders

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Oculus deploys retail Rifts before fulfilling pre-orders

Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets will appear in online and brick-and-mortar retailers this week.

48 Best Buy locations across the United States will carry the headset starting May 7th, while Amazon and Microsoft's online stores will have purchases available from 9am Pacific on May 6th.

However, the company has not yet fulfilled its significant pre-order backlog, meaning that retail customers who waited may get their hardware first.

Tuesday 3 May