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Valve Launches Steam.TV, Which Could Be A Twitch Competitor [UPDATE] Valve Launches Steam.TV, Which Could Be A Twitch Competitor [UPDATE]

Today, Valve quietly debuted what appears to be a new video game streaming platform, which could be a direct competitor to Twitch, called Steam TV.

The Weekend In Esports: Call Of Duty World Championship And More The Weekend In Esports: Call Of Duty World Championship And More

Stay inside, turn on the air conditioning and watch gamers pwn one another to your heart’s content over the weekend, because there are a crap ton of high profile esports tournaments going on.

Court Blocks Maker Of GTA Online Cheating Programs From Selling Them Court Blocks Maker Of GTA Online Cheating Programs From Selling Them

Yesterday, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York issued a preliminary injunction against a man distributing cheating software for Grand Theft Auto V. In other words, he’s prohibited from making or selling any more cheat programs for the game until the court can definitively…

The Dota 2 International's First Day Marred By Technical Issues The Dota 2 International's First Day Marred By Technical Issues

The International 2018 officially got underway yesterday and, surprise, there were a number of problems with various streaming feeds going down in the middle of the Dota 2 matches. Valve sent out a tweet last night apologizing for the outages, but given how big and lucrative the event is, it still feels like the…

Halo 5: The Kotaku Re-Review Halo 5: The Kotaku Re-Review

Each new Halo game since 2007’s Halo 3 gets some praise, then fades, and then is pointed to as a sign that the Xbox’s once-unstoppable franchise is hitting a wall. Halo 5, released in 2015, deserves a different reputation.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2's first DLC is called Shadows Over Bogenhafen and arrives August 28 on PC and Xbox One. There’s no real information other than that it will likely feature Grandfather Nurgle’s minions. There’s still no word on when the game will come to PS4 though.

The Moment I Got Hooked On Dota 2's Biggest Tournament The Moment I Got Hooked On Dota 2's Biggest Tournament

Just before midnight on August 10, 2016, I jumped up from my seat screaming at the top of my lungs about Dota 2. I wasn’t even playing the game myself, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand it on the level of the players I watched that night. In a Dota 2 match that remains one of the most dramatic ever…

Speedrunner Finally Ties Perfect Dark World Record, Screams His Head Off Speedrunner Finally Ties Perfect Dark World Record, Screams His Head Off

Yesterday Kevin “KevinDDR” Birrell managed to beat Perfect Dark’s Air Force One level in 52 seconds. This made him the second person in history to do so, tying speedrunner Karl “Sim Threat” Jobst’s record, set back in November 2017. From the decibels Birrell let loose upon completion during a livestream, the run was…

The latest Fortnite update, patch v5.21, went live this morning adding a new limited time mode called Soaring 50s, the Heavy Sniper Rifle discovered previously by data miners, and a sniper only mode. Soaring 50s is the usual 50 vs. 50 mode but with the ability to re-deploy gliders.

The Chinese Room, makers of Dear Esther and Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture, have been acquired by fellow British studio Sumo Digital. Co-founder Dan Pinchbeck is staying on while Jessica Curry has departed. The news comes almost a year after the studio laid off much of its staff and went “dark.”

Gris Looks Beautiful Gris Looks Beautiful

Gris is one of those great-looking indie games, the type that has no trouble hitting a Kickstarter funding goal, though in this case it was publisher Devolver Digital whose attention it drew after months of sending snippets of art and gameplay footage out onto the wilds of social media. Now it’s headed to Switch and…

Bethesda Takes Hard Line On Cross-Play With Its Elder Scrolls Card Game Bethesda Takes Hard Line On Cross-Play With Its Elder Scrolls Card Game

Bethesda’s VP of marketing said over the weekend that the developer intends for The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Bethesda’s card game, to be fully cross-play, with progress carrying over no matter what system people play it on when it eventually releases on consoles. While not mentioning Sony specifically, the message…

The PS4’s Livestreaming Hub Still Has More Nudity Than It Probably Should The PS4’s Livestreaming Hub Still Has More Nudity Than It Probably Should

Live From PlayStation is an an app on PS4 where people can go to see live streams, archived videos, and screenshots being shared by other players, some of which include porn, because in 2018 it’s apparently still possible to get explicit pics trending on PS4.

Valve Finally Confirms Dota 2’s Latest Loot Box Was Bugged Valve Finally Confirms Dota 2’s Latest Loot Box Was Bugged

After days of players complaining of a rare item not dropping in Dota 2’s latest loot box, Valve put out a statement overnight confirming that they were right: Theories that the loot box was bugged weren’t sour grapes, but actually true.

The Weekend In Esports: Evo 2018, StarCraft II, And More The Weekend In Esports: Evo 2018, StarCraft II, And More

With the Overwatch League’s inaugural season firmly in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to move on to the fighting game world. This weekend’s Evo is the biggest tournament of the year, starring street fighters, smash brothers (and sisters) and a crap ton of Gokus.

Four Years Later, Players Found A Metroid Hidden In Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze Four Years Later, Players Found A Metroid Hidden In Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze

There’s a metroid in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and someone finally found it. The search took four years, but it turns out it’s actually not that hard to find once you know where to look.

Epic Will Keep Fortnite Off Google’s Store To Make More Money Epic Will Keep Fortnite Off Google’s Store To Make More Money

Epic Games has confirmed that when Fortnite Battle Royale releases on Android phones it won’t be sold through the Google Play store. In an email to The Verge, CEO Tim Sweeney said this was in part to avoid the 30% cut Google takes on in-app purchases for games sold through its storefront.

In Magic: The Gathering Creator's New Card Game, Every Deck Is Unique In Magic: The Gathering Creator's New Card Game, Every Deck Is Unique

KeyForge: Call of the Archons bills itself as a card game in which no two decks are the same. Maker Fantasy Flight Games announced it at GenCon 2018 today, revealing that Richard Garfield, veteran designer behind Magic: The Gathering, is working on it. It sounds wild.

For Honor’s seventh season went live today, including the addition of a new map and reworks to the Warden and Valkyrie classes. The update also adds new legendary gear, an additional 10 reputation levels, and Master and Grandmaster player ranks. Ranked duels will now be in rotation outside of tournaments as well. 

Apple's New Policy Hurts Mobile Game Review Sites Apple's New Policy Hurts Mobile Game Review Sites

Apple is ending its affiliate program for apps which could mean the end of review sites like TouchArcade that have relied on a cut from Apple to keep their mobile game review sites afloat. The tech giant made the announcement in its August newsletter saying that members of the program will stop receiving commissions…

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