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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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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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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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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.

But Kaplan said Blizzard later "realised that 'Avoid This Player' was wreaking havoc on matchmaking."

He cited feedback the Overwatch team had received from a top Widowmaker player, who "complained to [Blizzard] about long queue times."

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Mighty No 9 squeezes in one more delay in troubled launch

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Mighty No 9 squeezes in one more delay in troubled launch

Long-delayed Mega Man spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 has encountered yet more issues, even as it finally crawls past the finish line.

The US$4 million crowdfunded platformer has been delayed a few additional days on Xbox 360, Mac, and Linux, due to bugs, adding insult to the injury of multiple delays over the game's development period.

Some Kickstarter backers have reported being given faulty unlock codes, or codes for the incorrect version of the game.

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Overwatch passes 10 million player milestone

Overwatch passes 10 million player milestone

Blizzard's online hero-shooter Overwatch has reached a player base of more than 10 million, the publisher announced this week via the game's Twitter page.

The figure includes all platforms, with no breakdown of sales between PC, PlayStation and Xbox, and covers the first three weeks of the game's release.

By comparison, Blizzard's MMO World of Warcraft took over three years to reach a player base of 10 million, though the MMO and FPS genres differ in popularity to begin with.

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Heads up: Fallout 4 is coming to virtual reality

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Heads up: Fallout 4 is coming to virtual reality

Fallout 4 will receive a virtual reality release as part of Bethesda Software's VR strategy, the publisher announced at its E3 2016 conference today.

The VR version of the post-apocalyptic open-world title will be the full game, and is on show at the company's BE3 Plus event, alongside a tour of Doom's vision of Hell.

Marketing VP Pete Hines said in the presentation that virtual reality is "the perfect fit for truly immersive games like [Bethesda's] massive open-world RPGs."

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Manchester United seeks to acquire first eSports team

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Manchester United seeks to acquire first eSports team

Manchester United Football Club is looking to enter the eSports industry, according to eSports News UK.

The club is reportedly in talks with a professional Overwatch team currently signed to another organisation.

Also in negotiations with the same, unspecified team is eSports brand Fnatic.

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Upcoming Fallout 4 DLC: vault-building and a Nuka Cola theme park

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Upcoming Fallout 4 DLC: vault-building and a Nuka Cola theme park

The next three DLC packages for Fallout 4 bring new Workshop options and a narrative expansion, Bethesda announced today at its E3 2016 presentation.

"Contraptions," due next week, adds a number of new craftable items, like tracks, elevators, conveyor belts, and other machinery with which to build "mouse trap or Rube Goldberg machines," in game director Todd Howard's words.

In July, "Vault-Tec" will add the ability to excavate and build Vaults and experiment on dwellers, much in the vein of mobile app Fallout Shelter.

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Deus Ex gets GO mobile game and Breach arcade mode

Deus Ex gets GO mobile game and Breach arcade mode

Square Enix today announced two new games set within the Deus Ex universe, one of which will be included with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

Deus Ex GO is a mobile title featuring a "stylised interpretation" of Deus Ex gameplay, much in the vein of developer Square Enix Montreal's Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO.

Players will use turn-based hacking, combat, and augmentation abilities to infiltrate enemy locales and solve puzzles, in what studio head Patrick Naud says is "a fresh, reimagined puzzle experience that celebrates the franchise."

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Skyrim remaster confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC

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Skyrim remaster confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC

A remastered version of Skyrim is making its way to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, Bethesda confirmed at its E3 showcase today.

The long-rumoured Skyrim Special Edition will bring enhanced art and effects to the latest generation of consoles, including new water and snow shaders, screen space reflections, atmospheric effects and more.

Originally released in 2011, the fifth entry in The Elder Scrolls franchise saw numerous DLC releases as well as a healthy mod community on PC. The Special Edition will support full PC mods on console.

The announcement will be particularly good news for PS3 owners, who suffered through latency and framerate issues with the original release.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition will release October 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Lawsuit accuses Valve of enabling illegal CS:GO gambling
Lawsuit accuses Valve of enabling illegal CS:GO gambling
NEWS Trading skins for skins.
PC, 360, PS3, Mac
2
Hi-Rez Expo to feature Smite World Champs, Paladins debut
Hi-Rez Expo to feature Smite World Champs, Paladins debut
NEWS More than $1m up for grabs.
PC, XO, PS4
Neo Tokyo brings new cars and arenas to Rocket League
Neo Tokyo brings new cars and arenas to Rocket League
NEWS Get revved up for the new competitive season.
PC, XO, PS4
Mass Effect: Andromeda will bring nuance to morality
Mass Effect: Andromeda will bring nuance to morality
NEWS Finally, shades of grey we can get behind.
PC, XO, PS4
2
Blizzard removes Overwatch's "Avoid This Player" feature
Blizzard removes Overwatch's "Avoid This Player" feature
NEWS Avoid this, player.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
13
Mighty No 9 squeezes in one more delay in troubled launch
Mighty No 9 squeezes in one more delay in troubled launch
NEWS Better than nothing?
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4, 3DS, Vita, Mac
4
Overwatch passes 10 million player milestone
Overwatch passes 10 million player milestone
NEWS In just 3 weeks.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
Heads up: Fallout 4 is coming to virtual reality
Heads up: Fallout 4 is coming to virtual reality
NEWS Mirelurks all up in yo' face.
PC, XO, PS4
2
Upcoming Fallout 4 DLC: vault-building and a Nuka Cola theme park
Upcoming Fallout 4 DLC: vault-building and a Nuka Cola theme park
NEWS More DLC! Moooore!
PC, XO, PS4
1
Skyrim remaster confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC
Skyrim remaster confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC
NEWS Dovahkiin comes shouting to new-gen.
PC, XO, PS4
RPG: Action
18
Manchester United seeks to acquire first eSports team
Manchester United seeks to acquire first eSports team
NEWS Seeing what real athletes look like.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
3
Deus Ex gets GO mobile game and Breach arcade mode
Deus Ex gets GO mobile game and Breach arcade mode
NEWS Mega minigames.
PC, XO, PS4
The Witcher's Gwent to become standalone card game
The Witcher's Gwent to become standalone card game
NEWS Sans Geralt.
PC, XO, PS4
Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan lays out upcoming Overwatch changes
Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan lays out upcoming Overwatch changes
NEWS Balance, performance, and more.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
4
XCOM 2 to take critical shot at new-gen consoles
XCOM 2 to take critical shot at new-gen consoles
NEWS 100% chance to hit.
PC
15
Jake Gyllenhaal to star (jump) in The Division movie
Jake Gyllenhaal to star (jump) in The Division movie
NEWS From Prince of Persia to King of New York.
PC, XO, PS4
6
The Sims 4 goes gender-neutral in latest update
The Sims 4 goes gender-neutral in latest update
NEWS No more male- or female-only options.
PC, Mac
7
Battleborn suffering premature Battledeath on PC
Battleborn suffering premature Battledeath on PC
NEWS Stats don't lie.
PC, XO, PS4
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Blizzard says Overwatch's Play of the Game is a "really hard problem"
Blizzard says Overwatch's Play of the Game is a "really hard problem"
NEWS Just like Maria.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
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Just Cause 3 DLC delivers drivable mechs, gravity gun
Just Cause 3 DLC delivers drivable mechs, gravity gun
NEWS Subtlety is Rico's middle name.
PC, XO, PS4
Action: Open World
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Mojang bans Minecraft in-game advertising
Mojang bans Minecraft in-game advertising
NEWS Sorry, hip ad agencies.
PC, 360, XO, PS4, Vita
1
Fallout 4 mods now live on Xbox One
Fallout 4 mods now live on Xbox One
NEWS Ooooooh yeah.
PC, XO, PS4
Starbreeze buys Payday rights, vows 18 months support
Starbreeze buys Payday rights, vows 18 months support
NEWS No theft involved.
PC, 360, PS3
Action: First-Person
Blizzard may be cracking down on Overwatch porn
Blizzard may be cracking down on Overwatch porn
NEWS Stolen game assets to blame.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
22
No Man's Sky delay confirmed; creator receives death threats from fans
No Man's Sky delay confirmed; creator receives death threats from fans
NEWS Ah, gaming culture.
PC, PS4
48
League of Legends is now an official sport at Unigames
League of Legends is now an official sport at Unigames
NEWS A four-tier tournament.
PC
Action
Minecraft is getting an official PvP arena minigame
Minecraft is getting an official PvP arena minigame
NEWS Craft your friends to death.
PC, 360, XO, PS4, Vita
No Man's Sky reportedly delayed, a month from release
No Man's Sky reportedly delayed, a month from release
NEWS Galactic centre gets further away.
PC, PS4
Rumours, domains, blind hope point to return of Prey 2
Rumours, domains, blind hope point to return of Prey 2
NEWS Mostly blind hope.
PC, 360, PS3
1
Overwatch's 'hit-pip' sound is actually a beer being opened
Overwatch's 'hit-pip' sound is actually a beer being opened
NEWS So satisfying.
PC, XO, PS4, Mac
Action: First-Person
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