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.

Dota 2 paywalls its Avoid Player feature by including it with its Battle Pass

The nature of the beast in team-based competitive games is this awful notion that frustration with how a match plays out gives one carte...

Riot Games isn’t budging on labor dispute even after employee walkout

As we've previously covered, employees of the League of Legends studio Riot Games walked out last week in protest over the company's...

Riot takes action against League of Legends esports team Echo Fox over allegations of racist abuse

League of Legends esports team Echo Fox is in hot water with Riot following allegations of racist abuse by one of the...

Elite: Dangerous player finds a program that lets you hack every aspect of your ship

Cheating is bad behavior, but doing it in a sandbox MMO is several orders of magnitude worse. While Elite: Dangerous has certainly done...

Guild Wars 2 temporarily disables map completion key rewards over teleport exploit

This is why we can't have nice things: ArenaNet was forced to disable some map rewards in Guild Wars 2 last night thanks...
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PUBG Mobile plans new ‘healthy gaming’ feature reminding you to take breaks

Young man! How long have you played this game? I said young man! Your playtime is insane! You should slow down, maybe out of the house, You...

Gamers warn that the AXS Mobile App needed to enter BlizzCon is ‘spyware level bad’

Those who are headed to this year's BlizzCon event are being required to use the AXS Mobile App as part of efforts to...
Hear me roar,.

Over 777,000 Apex Legends cheaters have been banned as Respawn cracks down

In last week's Apex Legends developer blog, Project Lead Drew McCoy said that the Respawn Entertainment team has been hard at work...

Fortnite disqualifies pro player from $30M tourney over collusion scandal

Ya know, there three really good ways to ensure you're never going to win the $30M Fortnite World Cup. One is to not...

Here’s why a Magic: The Gathering hall-of-famer was disqualified from Mythic Championship II

It's not an MMO, but it's one more example of the problems of competitive gaming: Last weekend's Magic: The Gathering Mythic Championship II...
Someone must have had fun with this at some point, right?

Riot is trying to divert its employees’ gender-discrimination lawsuit to arbitration

Hoo boy. Just when it was starting to look like the seemingly interminable saga of Riot's sexual harassment and gender discrimination scandal couldn't...
Oh, cool.

Cox Communications is rolling out a new Elite Gamer ‘fast lane’ internet connection

Who wants to pay more for your internet connection to make sure you can play games on it? Because that's what Cox Communications...

Another crunch-ridden game studio exposed: This time it’s Fortnite’s Epic Games

"Crunch" was surely the gaming industry word of the year in 2018, thanks to a massive backlash over horrible working conditions at some...
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Fortnite bans over a thousand accounts to preserve tournament integrity

When you're faced with a major competitive event in a game like Fortnite and you want to win the prize, you can do one...
You say that like it's a bad thing.

Heroes of the Storm player arrested for making terrorism threats in chat

On today's episode of Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes, a Heroes of the Storm player has been arrested and charged with making...

‘Secret’ City of Heroes emulator operators address SCORE leak drama, rebut personal info database rumor

If you've been around the post-sunset City of Heroes community long enough, you've probably heard the rumors that there's a secret City of...
At least it's not political, right?

The Division 2 spots and patches out a homophobic slur hidden in in-game graffiti

The thing about making a large game with lots of moving parts is, well, sometimes you wind up signing off on something you don't...

Blizzard bribes female employees to track their sex, pregnancy, and moods

Big Brother was so 1984. Now in 2019, it's all about Big Blizzard. Read this report over at Games Industry based on a...

Call of Duty swatter receives 20 years in prison

The so-called Call of Duty swatter, Tyler Barriss, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 2017 swatting call that resulted...

Black Desert’s big banwave this week apparently had more than a few false positives

Earlier this week, we covered Kakao's move to crack down on cheating in Black Desert, specifically in Shadow Arena, which has reportedly...

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