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Battlegrounds gets review bombed over Chinese in-game VPN ads

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the hottest game around right now, selling around 1m copies a month, and just last week hitting 1.5m concurrent users, a peak that is now the new normal for the game as it climbs towards an even higher player cap. In fact, it’s doing so well that …

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PUBG devs elaborate on Epic Games dispute

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole has stated that its public grievances with Epic Games are specifically related to the pair’s business relationship. Last week Bluehole’s VP and executive producer Chang Han Kim slammed Epic for its introduction of a new battle royale game mode in Fortnite. Some were quick to question …

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Counter-Strike launches in China as Valve partners up with Perfect World, F2P for verified users

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has launched in China, with Chinese publisher Perfect World releasing a special version of CS:GO in collaboration with developers Valve. The changes are slight, with cosmetic changes removing several symbols in the game that rule the game out for sale in China. That, and every user who …

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Overwatch is having a free weekend at the end of September, unless you’re in South Korea

Overwatch is having another free weekend, playable for free for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from September 22 – 25. The full game will be playable, barring Competitive Play. This includes all heroes and maps, including the brand new Escort map, Junkertown. "Players will also have the ability …

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PUBG is getting a Ruger Mini-14 in next week’s update

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will be getting a Ruger Mini-14 in its update next week. When we spoke to Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene at Gamescom last week, he said the next update would have not one but two new weapons, and they’d be in the map instead of in care packages. While it’s …

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GAMESCOM 2017: Splash Damage’s Neil Alphonso on realising the potential of Dirty Bomb and its competitive future

Splash Damage has been building competitive games since before esports was even a term. The company was founded in 2001 by creators of several multiple mods, but really found success after releasing the freeware Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (W:ET) in 2003. Since then, multiplayer has been the studios bread and butter. …

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Splash Damage’s Neil Alphonso on what Dirty Bomb looks like a year from now

Speaking to Esports Pro at Gamescom, Dirty Bomb’s associate creative director Neil Alphonso said that this is currently a watershed moment for the competitive multiplayer shooter. So, what does Dirty Bomb look like a year from now? “A big thing for me is that players have different things to do.” …

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GAMESCOM 2017: Senior game designer Adam Clegg on why H1Z1 KOTK’s combat update could breathe fresh life into the game

"We took a look at our live server, and we saw that our combat needed an upgrade." Adam Clegg, H1Z1’s senior designer, has a gift for understatement. The difference between battle royale shooter H1Z1 on its live server, and the test server currently hosting the Combat Update is like night …

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Rainbow Six Siege Blood Orchid patch brings a monster changelog after Operation Health

Rainbow Six Siege’s next big expansion. Blood Orchid, is coming September 5th. The patch notes for the expansion have now been released, and it’s the game’s most expansive patch to date. "3 months ago, Operation Health was deployed as a major initiative to improve the game for the upcoming years," …

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GAMESCOM 2017: Two new weapons are coming to Battlegrounds, map-specific weapons could be coming in the future

Talking to Esports Pro today at Gamescom, Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene has confirmed that the next big content drop for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will bring not one but two new weapons to the game.  While Greene wouldn’t reveal which exact weapons would be available for players to kill each other with, but …

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