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Epic’s Fortnite beef with Apple and Google is just, but weaponising fans is irresponsible

Yesterday, Epic Games appeared to intentionally violate Apple and Google app store rules to get Fortnite removed so they could jump-start a protest. Sick of mobile stores taking a 30% cut of microtransactions, they added a payment option bypassing official systems - something both stores forbid. Epic surely knew this, and the fact that they had lawsuits and an embarrassing protest video ready to go…

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Epic Games are now suing Google as well as Apple for booting Fortnite off app stores

It's another bright new day in 2020, so I guess it's time to watch three mega corporations throw hissy fits because they aren't happy with the amount of money they're making off each other. Last night, Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple for removing Fortnite from the iOS App Store, after Epic broke Apple's payment policy. Then the exact same thing happened with Google…

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That Rainbow Six Siege mobile knock-off has vanished after Ubisoft sued Apple, Google, and the developers

Area F2 may as well be called Area 51 now that Ubisoft have sued Apple, Google, and the developers of the mobile game that looked suspiciously similar to Mr. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. Area F2's developer Ejoy have now posted a statement confirming the game's closure and it's been delisted from both the Google Play Store and App Store.

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Ubisoft are suing Apple and Google over alleged Rainbow Six Siege knock-off

Outside of the occasional free weekend, you can't play Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege for free - never mind trying to get it running on your phone. Unfortunately for Ubisoft, it seems that particular space has been filled by an unnervingly similar tactical FPS. This week, the French publishers filed a lawsuit against Google and Apple, demanding Area F2 - an alleged clone of Rainbow…

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Try Google Stadia for free with nine games in a new trial

Google have now made their cloud gaming service, Stadia, completely free to anyone who has a Gmail account. That means you no longer have to buy their pricey Premiere Edition to get started, all you have to do is sign up online.On top of that, to help keep people entertained in isolation they've made their premium subscription service, Stadia Pro, free for two months. It's…

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Google snag a God Of War studio head for their new Stadia office

If there's been one constant in Google Stadia's time on Earth, it's a notion that it's not really delivered the games. If I were Google, kicking about with more money than God and wondering how to pack more games onto my streaming platform's catalogue, I would simply develop my own. To that end, Google are setting up a new studio in Los Angeles, nabbing established…

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“FUCK EPIC GAMES STORE,” declares Google’s listing for Steam

Back in the day, you really had to work hard to pull pranks in Google search results by planting Google Bombs and such. These days, now that the Internet is run by deranged robots made of clouds, it seems Google will happily prank itself. Case in point: today, searching for Steam on Google could return a listing describing Valve's digital store with the words "FUCK…

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Google nab the right to stream Activision esports exclusively on YouTube

You snooze you lose, Twitch. Activision Blizzard this week announced a multi-year deal with Google to stream future esports events solely through a plucky little website called YouTube. By nicking exclusive rights to broadcast big-hitters like the Overwatch and Call Of Duty Leagues, Hearthstone and such, Google hope to kick-start their struggling attempts to kickstart streaming on YouTube and topple Twitch's reign over the medium.

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Google Stadia is reportedly overheating some Chromecast Ultras

Oh, Google Stadia. I'd feel bad for the thing, if it wasn't an absolutely naff concept from a data-hungry megacorp. In the latest in a long line of launch blunders, some users are now reporting that playing games on the dang thing is burning up their Chromecast Ultras, running the plug-in devices hot enough to shut down during play. Finding and keeping a stable connection…

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Feature: How I discovered I was living next to a serial killer's graveyard

Google Earth VR turned my neighbourhood into a real-world adventure game

There used to be a time when you could impress your family by loading up Google Maps, finding a childhood memory, and zooming in until it became a sort of pixellated memory lane. Your mum and dad would be amazed, and you would be lauded because you showed them their old shed viewed from a satellite on the same thing they use to look up…

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Google’s AI moderation shows results in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive became a slightly less accurate name, as 20,000 accounts have been banned from FaceIt's platform since late August by the recently-unleashed admin AI Minerva.After months spent in machine learning trials, the system built with Google tech led to a 20% reduction in the number of toxic messages between August and September

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Feature: Every Stadia game coming at launch and beyond

Every Google Stadia game announced so far

Google held another one of their Stadia Connect conferences today, and this one was meant to be all about what games you'll be playing in the "scary" cloud come November. Sure enough, there were new Stadia games aplenty announced this evening, with the biggest addition being Cyberpunk 2077.To help keep track of them all, here's a list of every Google Stadia game confirmed so far,…

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“Moving to the cloud is scary”, Google Stadia director says deflecting shutdown concerns

Given that Google have a long history of shutting down their own products, platforms, and sites (I mourn Google Reader to this day), it's mighty hard for me to trust their upcoming cloud gaming platform, Google Stadia. I've been sceptical of cloud gaming, not just because I already have a gaming PC, and the idea of paying Google in particular for a game that's only…

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Ubisoft announce PC and Stadia subscription service Uplay+

Yesterday, Google's Phil Harrison teased that publisher subscriptions were coming to Stadia "in relatively short order", and he really wasn't kidding. Tonight, Ubisoft announced Uplay+, a $15 / 15€ per month subscription service that's coming to both PC this September and Stadia in 2020 - although if you sign up before August 15, you can try it for free for its first month.

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Google Stadia’s getting publisher subscriptions on top of Stadia Pro

Google may have already done their big Stadia games and price reveal earlier this week, but Stadia top man Phil Harrison has just let slip another interesting nugget of info regarding Stadia's subscription structure. Speaking to Geoff Keighley during YouTube's E3 Live show this evening, Harrison said we'll also be seeing publisher-specific subscriptions making their way to the service in addition to their already-announced Stadia…

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Feature: The short answer is 'No' and 'Probably not you'

Do you really need Google’s Stadia Founder’s Edition? Who is it for? All your Stadia questions answered

Change is scary, I know, but now that the dust has started to settle on yesterday's big Google Stadia price and games reveal, I thought I'd take a bit of time to reflect, consolidate and put everything we currently know about Stadia into one, handy guide, answering all your biggest Stadia questions with the best information that's available to me. Here, I'll tell you exactly…

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Google confirms games and price for Stadia

(Now updated with extra pricing clarification) There were a lot of things left unsaid during Google's Stadia announcement three months ago, but finally the search giant has given us some answers in today's Stadia Connect conference, confirming how much Stadia's going to cost, when we can get our hands on it and exactly what games we're going to be playing on it. So, err... Baldur's…

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Google will reveal Stadia’s price and games line-up this Thursday

Eager to get ahead of the E3 news rush, Google announced last night that they'll be unveiling the price and games line-up for their upcoming Stadia cloud gaming service this Thursday on June 6 in a Nintendo Direct-like broadcast. Dubbed Stadia Connect, the livestream is due to take place at 9am PDT (that's 5pm in the UK), and promises to finally give us some details…

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Google Stadia promises instant cloud gaming from your Chrome browser

Google have finally lifted the lid on their cloud gaming platform, Google Stadia. Promising instant access to massive games including Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Doom Eternal simply by clicking a link in your Chrome browser, Google Stadia aims to make download times and hardware upgrades (and apparently my job) a thing of the past when it launches later this year. Here's everything we know so…

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