this is why we can’t have nice things

The real problem with this genre is the fact that humans play it. Here’s some of the worst stuff they’ve done.

This is what we were really missing.

New executive order would ban transactions with Tencent in the US with potentially dire effects on gaming

File this one under "I was about to go to sleep when the internet erupted in an absolute panic over Tencent": Late this evening,...
Everything hurts.

Blizzard staffers confirm ‘honor point system,’ further exposing the company’s wage disparities

This week we've been following Bloomberg's reports on Blizzard employees' attempts to secure pay and equitable pay for the gaming industry. Early...
But no badger.

‘Our mentors are leaving in droves’: Blizzard staff are organizing to demand better compensation

Yesterday, we covered Bloomberg's report on how Blizzard employees were circulating a spreadsheet of their wages and raises in an effort to determine...

Yet another Ubisoft executive is out of a job in the wake of ongoing sexual misconduct allegations

Ubisoft is still feeling the effects of sexual harassment allegations at the executive level as Tommy Francois, VP of editorial and creative services,...
Fighty shouty fight-shouts.

Blizzard staffers agitate against poor worker pay as Activision-Blizzard rakes in billions

Blizzard's labor practices have been under scrutiny over the last couple of years, propelled in large part due to mass-layoffs at the top...

Call of Duty gamers ignore pandemic-related safety orders at unofficial esports gathering

I never got the impression that some players of Call of Duty are a particularly compliant bunch, and that assumption was not helped...

WoW Classic players squabble over the Ahn’Qiraj Scarab Lord title amidst griefing and bans

Some player-crafted drama in WoW Classic appears to be brewing as guilds seek to complete a certain portion of the Scarab Lord quest...

Riot Games canceled its League of Legends esports partnership with Saudia Arabia after massive backlash

The League of Legends esports community was set on fire and then partially doused this week thanks to a decision - now rescinded...

More Ubisoft employees recount a culture of sexism that propped up offenders and informed game design decisions

The fact that Ubisoft executives have made the studio an unsafe place to work has already been well chronicled, but a new...

COVID-19 roundup: How the pandemic has affected game devs, GameStop’s flip-flopping on mask wearing policy

Hey, it's been some time since we've done one of these roundup stories about the novel coronavirus' effect on gaming, and since there are...

Ubisoft sheds another three high-level execs as a result of the studio’s cultural shakedown

Ubisoft continues to scrape off foul people from itself like the dead skin flakes they are. As a result of continuing allegations of
I'll take 'bad looks' for $800, Alex.

Revelation Online adds an elaborate in-game wedding – but not for same-sex couples

You know, the great part about MMO weddings is that they let you establish your commitment to someone else in a fantasy setting with...

Chinese fraudsters posed as a famous chili sauce brand to get free keys out of Tencent — and it worked

What you're about to read is an account of how three guys in China defrauded Tencent under the guise of a famous chili sauce...

Ubisoft devs speak out on their ‘inability to feel safe or protected within’ the studio

You know who's probably breathing a big sigh of relief right now? Riot Games, whose multi-year scandal and lawsuit over sexual harassment and...
Central division.

Ubisoft promises a ‘structural shift’ in the wake of sexual harassment scandal

Ubisoft remains in the spotlight - the bad kind - this week following multiple accounts of abuse by multiple senior devs and execs...
I'm going to master letting this play instead of me.

WoW Classic sees another 40,000 accounts banned for botting and RMT as cases surge

The war against the hungry bot horde continues in WoW Classic. Shortly after Blizzard gave 74,000 accounts the boot, the devs have...

Conan Exiles isn’t going to be free for a week on the Epic Games Store after all

If you follow Conan Exiles' twitter, you might have noticed that a bunch of gamers have been pestering Funcom this morning over the...
In a world of human wreckage.

This week in why we can’t have nice things: Method, EA, and Ubisoft

The fallout from June's games industry abuse and assault call-outs continues. Let's start with Method, the guild that's been driving World of Warcraft's...

Elder Scrolls Online doxxing drama ends with one partnered streamer booted

The Elder Scrolls Online community has been abuzz this weekend over an incident that rocked the game's streaming crew. According to streamer

The latest gaming industry #metoo callouts impact Twitch, MMOs, MOBAs, and esports

The gaming industry is seeing a second wave - a second wave of the #metoo movement, that is. As we covered earlier this...

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