Lawyer: Valve’s silence while helping gambling sites is ‘unconscionable’

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Lawyer: Valve’s silence while helping gambling sites is ‘unconscionable’

Skins can cost in the hundreds of real dollars

Valve public silence while privately helping gambling sites operate in the Steam Marketplace is unconscionable, according to a lawyer representing a player suing the game developer over "illegal gambling" surrounding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Jasper Ward, who conducted an email interview with Polygon this week, is one of several attorneys representing a player who filed a lawsuit against Valve late last month accusing the company of allowing an illegal online gaming market to grow up around the shooter and its use of weapon skins. He is also one of the lawyers representing another player, this one underage, who filed a second suit against Valve about a week later.

Team Fortress 2 update adding matchmaking, ranked play and more

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Team Fortress 2 update adding matchmaking, ranked play and more

Look, this isn't a banana simulator, people

Team Fortress 2’s incoming "Meet Your Match" update will include the long-awaited introduction of competitive play with matchmaking, developer Valve announced today.

The Competitive Mode in Team Fortress 2 will feature ranked play in a six-on-six mode that supports all nine classes and all weapons. You will be able to make your way upward through 18 ranks; you’ll ascend by winning matches and descend by losing. The mode will determine a score for you based on your performance, and use that score to match you with players of a similar skill level.

This year's NBA Live game has launched — on iOS and Android

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This year's NBA Live game has launched — on iOS and Android

EA Sports' mobile edition has been better received than console version

NBA Live Mobile, which found a much warmer critical and commercial reception than its console counterpart when it test-launched in Canada in February, is now available in the Android and iOS app stores in the U.S.

EA Sports announced in May that the game, which is free to download, would be the only NBA basketball game it published in 2016, with any console title coming in winter 2017 at the earliest.

Report: This year's Steam Summer Sale was even bigger than last year's

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Report: This year's Steam Summer Sale was even bigger than last year's

The Winter Sale reigns supreme, however

The recently wrapped Steam Summer Sale proved to be an even bigger success than last year's, according to Steam Spy. Data culled from the second annual sales period points to this year's bargains generating more than $230 million in revenue, ahead of last year's $160 million pull.

Steam Spy founder Sergey Galyonkin hopes to publish a more in-depth breakdown of the year-over-year changes later this week, but early calculations include the number of games sold (37 million, four million more than last summer's sale) along with some of the biggest games.

Blizzard releases major hint about Overwatch’s next character

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Blizzard releases major hint about Overwatch’s next character

Is Sombra imminent?

The Overwatch team just posted a major possible hint on Twitter about the next character coming to the hero-based shooter, further supporting player theories that a new sniper-support class is coming to the game.

The tweet shows a new blueprint for a weapon designed by turret master Torbjörn that incorporates the biotic technology used in Mercy’s Caduceus Staff and Soldier: 76’s Biotic Field healing ability. The weapon is a "prototype biotic rifle" that appears to offer its user the ability to heal allies from a distance — and potentially cause damage as well, if Mercy’s concerns are valid.

Your biggest Pokémon Go questions, answered

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Your biggest Pokémon Go questions, answered

An FAQ for Pokémon's latest game

Pokémon Go is now available on Android and iOS to a select group of users. Among those with access are Australians, New Zealanders, people in Japan and North American beta testers, all of whom are coming together to teach the Pokémon Go-less how to play the game before they get their hands on it.

Some of us on staff are currently playing Pokémon Go for ourselves, and we're happy to share what we've learned thus far with those less fortunate. Follow along below for the answers to some of the most pressing Pokémon Go questions — and let us know in the comments if you have any others.

The Witcher 3 is getting a Game of the Year Edition

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The Witcher 3 is getting a Game of the Year Edition

A proper reward for a witcher

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red is planning to release a Game of the Year Edition of the open-world action game, the studio confirmed today in a statement to Polygon.

"With all the free DLC and updates the game received so far, including significant changes to the game’s interface and mechanics, many gamers have asked us if we’re working on some sort of a ‘Game of the Year Edition,’" said game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz. "I’m happy to confirm – yes, plans are in motion to release such an edition. We’ll release more details, including the release date, in the future."

Red Dead Redemption's backward compatibility news jolts sales almost 6,000 percent on Amazon

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Red Dead Redemption's backward compatibility news jolts sales almost 6,000 percent on Amazon

Yesterday's announcement that Red Dead Redemption would (finally!) be made backward compatible on Xbox One sent the six-year-old game rocketing up the sales charts at Amazon.

Currently, Red Dead Redemption's Game of the Year Edition (which includes all of the downloadable content) is the No. 26 seller in Amazon's video games category. So what? Well, its old position was 1,544.

Sales of RDR GOTY increased 5,838 percent, by far the biggest gain among video game items for the day. In third place for that honor is regular Red Dead Redemption, up 1,154 percent, carrying it from 690th on the chart to No. 55.

Persona developer Atlus partners with Deep Silver to publish games in Europe

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Persona developer Atlus partners with Deep Silver to publish games in Europe

Following split from NIS America

After NIS America and Atlus severed ties in April, many were left wondering what that meant for the publishing and distribution of popular titles, like the Persona franchise, in Europe. Today, Atlus announced that it would be teaming up with Deep Silver to bring Persona and other game franchises to its European audience.

Sega of America acquired Atlus at the beginning of April and said it was committed to publishing and distributing Atlus titles under the Sega banner, but the company wasn't going to foray into the European market. Instead, Atlus was left scrambling to find a European distributor, especially with its last title under NIS America, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, released last month.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the problem of 'mechanical apartheid'

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and the problem of 'mechanical apartheid'

Marketing slug aims for a sense of unjust division, but is it wide of the mark?

When Square Enix began publicizing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the company used the phrase "mechanical apartheid," to illustrate and market a fictional world in which society is divided by governmental decree.

Apartheid (literally "separateness" in Afrikaans) was the brutal governmental system of political oppression and racial segregation used by white rulers in South Africa throughout much of the last century.