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Luckey responds to "shitposting" scandal as devs pull Oculus support

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Luckey responds to "shitposting" scandal as devs pull Oculus support

VR developers and Oculus executives alike responded this weekend to allegations that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey had funded a "shitposting" organisation supporting US presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Fez developer Polytron announced via Pastebin that it "will not be pursuing Oculus support for [its] upcoming VR release, SuperHyperCube."

"In a political climate as fragile and horrifying as this one, we cannot tacitly endorse these actions by supporting Luckey or his platform," the company wrote.

VR middleware firm Tomorrow Today Labs called Luckey's actions "unacceptable," withdrawing Oculus Touch support for its NewtonVR software "as long as he is employed there."

Insomniac Games - developer of Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet & Clank, and prominent Oculus-funded platform exclusive Edge of Nowhere, among others - wrote that it "[condemned] all forms of hate speech," stating that "while everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company."

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Destiny children's book is an illustrated Grimoire alternative

Destiny children's book is an illustrated Grimoire alternative

Bungie is planning a full-scale release for a children's book based on its online sci-fi shooter Destiny.

Entitled D Is For Destiny, the book assigns each letter of the alphabet a different concept from the game, presumably so that children can learn what their parents are talking about when they grumble about loot drops or Oryx.

The text's rhyming, alliterative couplets explain the game's lore in a child-friendly fashion, accompanied by illustrations, possibly telling its story more clearly than the game itself.

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Sunless Sea sequel sails to Sunless Skies

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Sunless Sea sequel sails to Sunless Skies

Failbetter Games' next project is a sequel to the popular Sunless Sea, entitled Sunless Skies, the studio announced at EGX this weekend.

Inspired by such diverse sources as HG Wells, CS Lewis, art nouveau, Empire Strikes Back screenwriter Leigh Brackett, and Event Horizon, the game will "elaborate on Sunless Sea," the studio "enhancing the stuff [it] liked, and refining the experience."

In the "smoother, more engaging sequel," an authoritarian new British Empire has expanded from the underground ocean of Sunless Sea into an outer space full of dying stars, while driving out "bohemians, revolutionaries, and outcasts - like you."

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Twitchcon to host charity decathlon of video games, cooking, speed art, and more

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Twitchcon to host charity decathlon of video games, cooking, speed art, and more

Fundraising organisation Tiltify has invited 60 broadcasters to participate in a charity decathlon at this year's Twitchcon.

Competitors will face off in rounds that will include video games, cooking challenges, speed art, and more.

The week-long fundraising event will run from October 1–3, and will be live streamed on the Tiltify Twitch channel.

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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.

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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.