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27m CS:GO fans tune in to ESL Cologne as doping tests give all clear

More than 27m unique viewers watched Fnatic claim their third Major title at last weekend's ESL Cologne CS:GO finals as all competitors tested negative for drug use.

Chris Higgins
by Chris Higgins
on Aug 26th 2015 at 12:29PM in News
More job losses at Rovio as 260 positions are axed

More job losses at Rovio as 260 positions are axed

Rovio will lay off up to 260 staff as it aims to completely restructure the firm and reinvigorate its falling revenues.

Craig Chapple
by Craig Chapple
on Aug 26th 2015 at 11:51AM in News
UPDATED: Rock Band 4 on Xbox One price increased over instrument adapter

UPDATED: Rock Band 4 on Xbox One price increased over instrument adapter

The Xbox One release of Rock Band 4 will cost $20 more than the PS4 release, due to Microsoft's console requiring an adapter to support older peripherals.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Aug 26th 2015 at 10:28AM in News
Pokémon Championships shooting suspects compared attack to 'Columbine part two' and 'Boston bombing'

Pokémon Championships shooting suspects compared attack to 'Columbine part two' and 'Boston bombing'

The two men accused of planning a mass shooting at last week’s Pokémon World Championships were capable of carrying out a devastating attack, police have said.

Matthew Jarvis
by Matthew Jarvis
on Aug 26th 2015 at 10:21AM in News

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Mind Candy has 'made changes' to Moshi Monsters following ASA ruling

Mind Candy has 'made changes' to Moshi Monsters following ASA ruling

Mind Candy says it has already changed Moshi Monsters after breaching the Advertising Code.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Aug 26th 2015 at 10:14AM in News
ASA admonishes Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils over in-app purchases

ASA admonishes Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils over in-app purchases

Two free-to-play games have had altered their in-game messaging after the ASA ruled the wording constituted “direct exhortations to buy a membership package”.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 26th 2015 at 10:13AM in News
Twitch bullish about games video market leadership as YouTube Gaming launches

Twitch bullish about games video market leadership as YouTube Gaming launches

Google’s YouTube Gaming officially launches today, and live-streaming giant Twitch is confident about its position as the market leader.

Alex Calvin
by Alex Calvin
on Aug 26th 2015 at 10:01AM in News
YouTube Gaming website and mobile apps launch today

YouTube Gaming website and mobile apps launch today

YouTube Gaming will officially launch later today, with the service tracking gaming videos and livestreams for more than 25,000 games.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Aug 26th 2015 at 7:59AM in News

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Final Fantasy XIV surpasses 5m registered users

Final Fantasy XIV surpasses 5m registered users

Final Fantasy XIV currently boasts more than 5m registered accounts worldwide, according to Square Enix.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Aug 26th 2015 at 7:58AM in News
Galak-Z heading to mobile devices in 2016

Galak-Z heading to mobile devices in 2016

PS4 indie release Galak-Z will come to iOS and Android devices in 2016, developer 17-Bit and publisher GungHo Online Entertainment America have announced.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Aug 26th 2015 at 7:55AM in News
GOG Galaxy will allow users to roll back game updates

GOG Galaxy will allow users to roll back game updates

Upset by the latest update for your favourite game? Well now there’s another option instead of creating a hashtag and threatening to boycott future products on forums.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 25th 2015 at 3:23PM in News
VIDEO: Kojima's launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid V is here

VIDEO: Kojima's launch trailer for Metal Gear Solid V is here

Will this video stand as the last piece of Metal Gear Solid content Hideo Kojima ever makes?

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 25th 2015 at 3:08PM in News

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Next Fatal Frame on Wii U is 'free-to-start'

Next Fatal Frame on Wii U is 'free-to-start'

Nintendo has confirmed that Wii U owners will be able to try Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for free.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 25th 2015 at 12:16PM in News
eSports betting enters mainstream bookies Betway's top 10

eSports betting enters mainstream bookies Betway's top 10

Mainstream sports bookmaker's Betway are seeing a 'huge surge' in eSports flutters as the launch bespoke microsite.

Chris Higgins
by Chris Higgins
on Aug 25th 2015 at 12:12PM in News
The Big Money Business of Esports and Video Games

The Big Money Business of Esports and Video Games

Riot Games Vice President of Esports Dustin Beck discusses “League of Legends” growing audience with Brad Stone on “Bloomberg West.”

on Aug 25th 2015 at 11:34AM in News
Trine 3 developer says time may be up for series after fan backlash

Trine 3 developer says time may be up for series after fan backlash

Studio Frozenbyte has said that criticism of its recent release Trine 3 may mean that it ditches any further development of the series.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 25th 2015 at 10:48AM in News

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Grow Home wins first PS Plus Vote to play contest

Grow Home wins first PS Plus Vote to play contest

Ubisoft’s quirky platformer Grow Home will be released on PS4, and will be free to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 25th 2015 at 10:09AM in News
International Factfile 2015: Romania

International Factfile 2015: Romania

Romania is a small but mighty market for games, playing host to big players in the global industry.

on Aug 25th 2015 at 8:31AM in News
Walmart-exclusive Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle arrives next month

Walmart-exclusive Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle arrives next month

Nintendo has announced a Super Mario Maker Wii U bundle will be made available exclusively at Walmart to coincide with the game's launch.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Aug 25th 2015 at 5:56AM in News
République heading to PS4 in early 2016

République heading to PS4 in early 2016

Camouflaj's episodic stealth game République will arrive on PS4 in its entirety early next year, publisher GungHo Online Entertainment America has revealed.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Aug 25th 2015 at 5:53AM in News
Miyamoto suggests Nintendo movie licensing may be back on the cards

Miyamoto suggests Nintendo movie licensing may be back on the cards

Movies based on brands such as Zelda and Mario could become a reality in the near future.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 24th 2015 at 4:07PM in News
Bandai Namco is releasing a lumberjack simulator on PS4 and Xbox One

Bandai Namco is releasing a lumberjack simulator on PS4 and Xbox One

There’s a game called Professional Lumberjack 2016. And it’s going to be released on next-gen consoles.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 24th 2015 at 3:38PM in News
Riot withholds League of Legends rewards from toxic players

Riot withholds League of Legends rewards from toxic players

It’s a classic psychological mainstay – reward good behaviour and ignore bad behaviour.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 24th 2015 at 3:17PM in News
Star Fox Zero and Xenoblade Chronicles X dated for the UK

Star Fox Zero and Xenoblade Chronicles X dated for the UK

Nintendo has today dated its upcoming releases for the year.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 24th 2015 at 1:50PM in News
Apple is replacing the cameras on some iPhone 6 Plus handsets

Apple is replacing the cameras on some iPhone 6 Plus handsets

Folk who bought an iPhone 6 Plus between September 2015 and January of this year might be eligible for a free rear camera replacement.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Aug 24th 2015 at 12:54PM in News