CS:GO league suspended after player revolt

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CS:GO league suspended after player revolt

After publicly expressing distrust in their management, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in the Professional eSports Association (PEA) have voted not to compete in that league. In a subsequent statement, the PEA commissioner Jason Katz said the league would suspend operations immediately.

“The PEA today announced that it will suspend plans to operate a CSGO league,” read the statement, sent to Polygon by league commissioner Jason Katz. It cited that decision as “a result of a majority vote by the players of its member teams.”

Oculus exec pleads not guilty to underage attempted sex abuse charge

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Oculus exec pleads not guilty to underage attempted sex abuse charge

Oculus’ head of computer vision pleaded not guilty this week to charges of attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor.

Dov Katz, 38, was arraigned Thursday in King County Superior Court in Washington State and issued a criminal no-contact order, preventing him from being around any minors other than his children or children of friends, without a responsible adult present.

How much money did Steam’s best-sellers earn in 2016?

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How much money did Steam’s best-sellers earn in 2016?

Steam Spy released its annual independent PC games sales analysis, showing estimated revenues for the top-selling games on Steam in 2016. The highest earners include Sid Meier’s Civilization 6, Dark Souls 3 and Doom.

The report, compiled by game developer Sergey Galyonkin, is based on estimates of PC game sales through Steam. Galyonkin points out that his numbers come from a variety of sources, sampling from a limited number of Steam’s more than 125 million users every minute, and they are “not 100 percent accurate.” But given a lack of hard data on game sales from retailers or publishers, these estimates offer useful insights. His stats are generally well respected, though not without controversy.

AMD’s new graphic card tech aims to bury Nvidia

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AMD’s new graphic card tech aims to bury Nvidia

AMD this week rolled out details of the new graphics architecture that will power its next line of graphics cards, tech that looks like it could potentially leapfrog Nvidia’s high-end Titan X.

Vega, AMD said at CES this week, is designed to remove many traditional constraints from gaming, VR, professional design and machine intelligence arenas.

Landmark, the EverQuest Next spinoff MMO, is shutting down

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Landmark, the EverQuest Next spinoff MMO, is shutting down

Daybreak Game Company is shutting down its massively multiplayer online sandbox game, Landmark, next month, the company announced today. The game, which was once in development in tandem with EverQuest Next, will go offline Feb. 21, as will Landmark’s forums and social media channels.

“With heavy hearts, we are writing today to inform you that after much review, we have decided to close Landmark game servers,” Daybreak Game Company said on the game’s official website. The game has been delisted from Steam and is no longer available to purchase from the Landmark website.

Elite: Dangerous players make first contact with aliens after years of waiting

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Elite: Dangerous players make first contact with aliens after years of waiting

The Elite: Dangerous universe just got a lot bigger (and a lot scarier). Players of Frontier Developments’ space sim made first contact with the game’s insectoid alien race, known as the Thargoids, today, more than two years after Elite: Dangerous was officially released.

The first encounter with the Thargoids — or at least first video evidence of it — comes from someone playing the game on Xbox One. Player “DP Sayre” uploaded clips of their run-in with the alien ship to Xbox DVR. Even if you’re not an Elite: Dangerous player, the encounter feels spooky and intimidating, as the player’s ship is pulled out of “witch space” and appears helpless as the Thargoids scan their disabled spacecraft.

Six 8-bit Mega Man games come to mobile, and they’re terrible

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Six 8-bit Mega Man games come to mobile, and they’re terrible

The original six 8-bit Mega Man games have been released on iOS and Android devices, and you’re better off not buying them. We’re very sorry to be a bummer about this, but it’s best you hear it from a friend.

“These lovingly-crafted adaptations will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made the Blue Bomber such a popular and iconic character,” the press release states. “Each game has been optimized for the mobile devices with adjustments to game speed. Each game will be available separately for $1.99.”