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Call Of Duty: Warzone has banned 50,000 accounts for cheating

Big numbers are light yet refreshing, rarely leaving one full of knowledge but welcome as an effervescent sensation flowing over the lobes. Here's a new one for you to enjoy for a few seconds: 50,000, which is the number of permanent bans issued in Call Of Duty: Warzone for cheating so far. All big multiplayer games are in an endless arms race with cheatmakers, and…

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Golly, everyone’s on Steam right now for some reason

The big daddy of PC game stores broke a new online user count yesterday with a whammin' 20 million folks signed in. Sounds like everyone is at home perusing their game libraries for some reason. On the real, the spread of Covid-19 is certainly keeping folks home more than planned and PC gaming is, of course, a perfect indoor time-sink of a hobby. Good on…

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CD Projekt are now valued as the second largest game company in Europe

That scrappy Polish studio that developed a computer RPG based on the monster hunting novels by Andrzej Sapkowski is all grown up. CD Projekt, parent company of The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 developers, are now valued as the second largest gaming company in Europe, beat only by Ubisoft.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit a new record high playercount this weekend

While Counter-Strike has long seemed one of those games that might just have found its final form and will now be around forever, I am surprised that it's still breaking its own records. Over the weekend, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive set a new record for the number of people in-game online at the same time, beating a record set in April 2016. That was back before…

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GTA Online and Red Dead Online are giving away free cash and guns

Across the next fortnight, GTA Online players can claim $2,000,000 of crimecash for free just for logging in, while Red Dead Online players can scoop a free Bounty Hunter license as well as some free guns and ammo. Rockstar announced the freebies today while crowing about "another record-breaking holiday season" for both multiplayer modes, spaffing all sorts of claims against the digiwall. For example: December…

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Chill farming sim Stardew Valley has sold more than 10 million copies

Never has a game been more deserving of some real big numbers than Stardew Valley, as we found out today Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone's brilliant farming RPG has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide across all platforms. There was no announcement from the solo dev to shout the good news from the rooftops, not even a cinematic trailer or overenthusiastic Tweet. It's simply mentioned in…

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Epic Games Store will continue free game giveaways all 2020

Epic confirmed today that they plan to keep on giving away a full game for free every week on the Epic Games Store throughout 2020. Previously they'd only confirmed freebies through to the end of 2019, a year they ended with a blowout of daily freebies, though they did quietly kept going when this year started. Epic say over 200 million free games have been…

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Over 112 million dirt enthusiasts are playing Minecraft every month

For whatever reason, Minecraft had a bit of a moment this summer. We got on board ourselves, with Nate setting up a pleasant little RPS server last month. It had been a hot minute since I'd last dived into Minecraft, but we had a proper great time: I helped a hermit rescue dogs from the underworld. Nate insisted I build a colossal airship off some…

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Rockstar North operate within capitalism, says report

Rockstar Games have paid £0 in UK corporation tax over the last ten years, despite making Actual Billions in profit, according to a report released by Taxwatch UK. Rockstar's parent company Take-Two Interactive are using the Video Games Tax Relief provision to legally save an estimated £42,313,047 in corporation tax. Which is what it's for. Sort of.

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Ubisoft’s numbers say subtitles are really jolly popular

95% of Assassin's Creed Odyssey players kept subtitles on, Ubisoft have revealed, and 50% of The Division 2 players are currently playing with them on too. These surprising statistics and more come from a wee tweetblast this week confirming that yes, subtitles are hugely desirable even in murdergames. Even as someone who often plays with subs on, I'm surprised by the numbers shared by David…

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Apex Legends has banned 770,000 cheaters

As cheapskate circus owner Larson E. Whipsnade famously said, you can't cheat an honest man*. You also can't cheat Respawn Entertainment, because they will find out and ban you from Apex Legends. Or so they say: that's the main takeaway from their wee developer update on cheaters and spammers, who Respawn have been cracking down on like a lion loose in a hot-air balloon. I…

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Ban galore: Apex Legends has banned over 355k PC accounts for cheating

Respawn Entertainment have vowed to improve the cheat-busting tech in Apex Legends, though it seems to be doing pretty well already considering they say they've banned over 355,000 accounts since launch five weeks ago. It's good to see Titanfall's free-to-play battle royale spin-off slam so many bans, as the low cost of entry on F2P games is like poo to a fly. In this powerful…

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This animated chart of the most played Steam games is unreasonably absorbing

I'm not big into numberwang. Vast numbers of people playing a game might indicate that it's fun, or it might indicate that it's Ark: Survival Evolved. (I haven't played Ark and it could be amazing, this is irresponsible journalism and I will hand in my badge and gun shortly.) Point being, it's more interesting to write about what has made a game popular than the…

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Fortnite big numbers: $100,000,000 in prizes & 7.6 million concurrent players

Big numbers, I've come to understand, are what people enjoy in video games more than anything. Friends, I have a small number of Fortnite Battle Royale big numbers to share with you. Epic today announced details of the Fortnite World Cup, which will take a bite out of the $100,000,000 (£77 million) they're putting up for prizes this year, including $1,000,000 (£770 thousand) each week…

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Hearthstone giving away free packs to celebrate hitting 100 million players

BlizzCon may be over but the the Blizzard blast has juuust a little longer to go. Blizzard announced last night that Hearthstone has hit 100 million players, see. Who cares about cooing over big numbers? Not me. But who cares about getting free bonus packs of cards for the free-to-play card 'em up? Ah, maybe it's you. Tomorrow, Blizzard plan to give all players six…

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Totally Accurate Battlegrounds plans improvements as free period ends

A joke's a joke, and the RPS manifesto is ambivalent about jokes, but now Totally Accurate Battlegrounds is getting serious. The battle royale FPS which started as an April Fool's joke by Clustertruck developers LandFall Games, a Plunkbut with wonky physics, has switched from being free to costing $5, and now LandFall plan to spruce it up a little. Totally Accurate Battlegrounds racked up over…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds sales pass 8 million

You like big numbers? Here's one for you: eight million. Big, I know! And yet it's a number insufficient for how many copies of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds [official site] has sold. Bluehole's fab multiplayer-only Battle Royale 'em up has now sold more than eight million copies, creator Brendan 'Playerunknown' Greene confirmed during Microsoft's Gamescom present-o-rama stream yesterday. Plunkbat passed that sales milestone during the second weekend…

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Darkest Dungeon’s Crimson Court is balancing its blood

Ask anyone who is playing Darkest Dungeon's [official site] bloodthirsty expansion The Crimson Court how they feel, and they'll probably smile nervously and then collapse in a pale heap of quivering flesh. At least, that's now I'd respond, and Fraser isn't far off a total collapse judging by his review. It's a top notch addition, running alongside the main campaign and delivering wonderfully grotesque insectile…

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds sales pass 4 million

The incredible rise of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] continues. The early access Battle Royale 'em up has surpassed 4 million copies sold, developers Bluehole Studio announced yesterday, which is... er... a lot. The game hasn't even come out yet and it's sold more copies than Zelda: Breath of the Wild (that's at 3 million, and Link had a 20-day head-start). Pretty staggering. Bluehole also boast that the game…

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Back of the net! Rocket League has 25 million players

I've seen some big numbers in my day--I'm not boasting, but check this biggun: 8008135--and while I'm generally cool and collected in the presence of big numbers, I did mutter "flipping heck!" at the belter I've just seen in the company of Rocket League [official site]. 25 million players have carballed, developers Psyonix announced today, racking up over a billion matches between them. Those are…

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