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Lead designer on new Harry Potter game is Gamergater with ranty YouTube channel

A lead designer working on Warner Brothers' Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy video game operated a YouTube channel where he ranted about "identity politics" and supported Gamergate, the harassment campaign against women in the game industry. Among Leavitt's other videos are lengthy defenses of both John Lasseter, the Pixar co-founder who left his position at Disney in 2017 after allegations of sexual misconduct, and Nolan Bushnell, the Atari co-founder who Kotaku's reporting found to have foster...
Tags: Post, News, Disney, Harry Potter, Pixar, John Lasseter, Nolan Bushnell, Kotaku, Leavitt, Hogwarts Legacy, Gamergater, Warner Brothers Harry Potter


This Week in Apps: Sneak peek at TikTok shopping, new iOS and Android betas, kids’ app Prodigy hit with FTC complaint

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also   3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices alone. And in the U.S., app usage surged ahead of the time spent watching live TV. Currently, the average American watches 3.7 hours of live TV per day...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Europe, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, Senate, China, India


When Google suddenly abandoned plans to create video games, over 150 staffers were reportedly blindsided by layoffs

Google vice president and general manager Phil Harrison speaks during a Google keynote address announcing a new video game streaming service named Stadia at the 2019 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Reuters After less than two years, Google suddenly closed its video game studios in early February. Over 150 employees in Google's Stadia Games & Entertainment group were laid off in the closure. Just days prior, VP Phil Harrison reportedly reassured the team of Google's ongoing com...
Tags: Google, Gaming, Layoffs, Video Games, Entertainment, San Francisco, Trends, Game Development, Reuters, Kotaku, Harrison, Phil Harrison, Stadia, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Jade Raymond


Stadia Leadership Praised Development Studios For 'Great Progress' Just One Week Before Laying Them All Off

Developers at Google's recently formed game studios were shocked February 1 when they were notified that the studios would be shut down, Kotaku reported Tuesday, citing four sources with knowledge of what transpired. From the report: Just the week prior, Google Stadia vice president and general manager Phil Harrison sent an email to staff lauding the "great progress" its studios had made so far. Mass layoffs were announced a few days later, part of an apparent pattern of Stadia leadership not be...
Tags: Google, Tech, Kotaku, Harrison, Phil Harrison, Jade Raymond, Google Stadia, Stadia Games and Entertainment


PlayStation 5 Controllers Are Suffering From Drift

Similar to Nintendo's "Joy-Con drift," Sony's PlayStation 5 DualSense controller is apparently suffering from drift: movement on-screen that doesn't correspond to any button press or input. ExtremeTech reports: Users have reported DualSense drift as quickly as 10 days after purchasing a PlayStation 5, which tracks with some of the shorter reports we've heard about Nintendo as well. We can assume that some DualSense controllers will suffer drift because no consumer company can guarantee that lite...
Tags: Tech, Sony, Nintendo, Kotaku, IGN, CSK, Nintendo Joy Con, Chimicles Schwartz Kriner Donaldson Smith LLP


The CEO of Riot Games is being investigated after a lawsuit accused him of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment

Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent Lintao Zhang/Riot Games via Getty Images Riot Games' CEO is being investigated after a former employee accused him of sexual harassment. The lawsuit claims Nicolò Laurent harassed the employee throughout her nearly three-year career. The company disputed her claims that it fired her after she reported Laurent's behavior to HR. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. "League of Legends" publisher Riot Games is investigating its own CEO after a f...
Tags: Harassment, Video Games, Entertainment, California, Sexism, Trends, Sexual Harassment, League Of Legends, Riot Games, Kotaku, Donnell, Laurent, California Department of Fair Employment, Tech Insider, Workplace Harassment, Andrew Yang


Google Stadia Shuts Down Internal Studios, Changing Business Focus (slashdot)

Google Stadia, the late 2019 streaming platform that promised to revolutionize gaming by letting users stream games without needing to own a powerful PC or console, is altering course, getting out of the game-making business and will now offer its platform directly to game publishers alongside offering Stadia Pro to the public. From a report: The company is announcing the news today, though Kotaku began to hear rumblings from sources close to Stadia last week that Google's service was heading fo...
Tags: Google, News, Los Angeles, Ubisoft, Montreal, Kotaku, Stadia, Msmash, Jade Raymond


Google Stadia Shuts Down Internal Studios, Changing Business Focus

Google Stadia, the late 2019 streaming platform that promised to revolutionize gaming by letting users stream games without needing to own a powerful PC or console, is altering course, getting out of the game-making business and will now offer its platform directly to game publishers alongside offering Stadia Pro to the public. From a report: The company is announcing the news today, though Kotaku began to hear rumblings from sources close to Stadia last week that Google's service was heading fo...
Tags: Google, Los Angeles, Tech, Ubisoft, Montreal, Kotaku, Stadia, Google Read, Jade Raymond


‘Laid-Back Camp’ is the Ultimate Comfy Anime and a Proper Escape from Real-Life Horrors

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.) It turns out 2020 is refusing to go, because the start of 2021 has been a bit of a mess. That being said, one of the beauties of the anime medium is how easily it can take you on a journey and immerse you in an entirely different world. Whether it’s a fantasy world where humanity hides behind useless walls and are hunted by man-eating Titans, or a sci-fi world wh...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, New Zealand, Anime, Pixar, Hannibal, Nadeshiko, Kotaku, Ani, Makoto Shinkai, Featured Stories Sidebar, Cecilia D Anastasio, Laid-Back Camp, Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Real Life Horrors


QAnon spread like wildfire on social media. Here's how 16 tech companies have reacted to the conspiracy theory.

Protesters interact with Capitol Police inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images Social-media platforms have been slow to act against the QAnon conspiracy theory, with many only acting to curb the ballooning movement in the fall of 2020.  QAnon followers have been linked to several alleged crimes, including killings and attempted kidnappings. The conspiracy-theory movement also played a major role in the US Capitol siege on Wednesday....
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, News, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, Youtube, Washington, Berlin, New York City, Nbc News, US


Do Games Made Under Crunch Conditions Deserve 'Best Direction' Awards?

The annual Game Awards ceremony awarded this year's "Best Direction" award to Naughty Dog studio's The Last of Us Part II — provoking a strong reaction from Kotaku's staff writer. "I think it's pretty obvious that no game that required its developers to crunch, like The Last of Us Part II did, should be given a Best Direction award." It's no secret that Naughty Dog subjected its workers to unbelievable levels of crunch to get The Last of Us Part II out the door, but that's hardly an innovatio...
Tags: Tech, Kotaku, Neil Druckmann, Fanbyte, Jordan Mallory


Proposed US Law Could Slap Twitch Streamers With Felonies For Broadcasting Copyrighted Material

Republican senator Thom Tillis has introduced a proposal to turn unauthorized commercial streaming of copyrighted material into a felony offense with a possible prison sentence. It's currently being included in a must-pass spending bill. Kotaku reports: Currently, such violations, no matter how severe, are considered misdemeanors rather than felonies, because the law regards streaming as a public performance. With Twitch currently in the crosshairs of the music industry, such a change would turn...
Tags: Tech, House, Warner Music, Kotaku, American Prospect, U S Patent and Trademark Office, Tillis, Thom Tillis, U S Copyright Office, Senate Judiciary Committees


Cyberpunk 2077: A retro-futuristic fantasy with huge potential – if you can ignore the Cyberjank

Practically speaking, it’s nearly impossible to offer a real review of Cyberpunk 2077, the long-awaited follow-up to The Witcher 3 from developer CD Projekt Red. In the first place, it’s so big that the few days I’ve had with it aren’t enough to realistically evaluate the game; second, it’s so buggy and janky now that it feels wrong to review it before it becomes the game I know it will be; and finally, everyone’s going to buy it anyway. The Witcher 3 is among the most universally lauded games o...
Tags: Reviews, TC, Gaming, Opinion, Xbox One, Tech, Cyberpunk, Xbox, Ps4, Ubisoft, Jackie, Pc Gaming, Skyrim, Kotaku, Swiss Army, Johnny Mnemonic


Cyberpunk 2077 Has Involved Months of Crunch, Despite Past Promises

Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most highly anticipated video games of the past decade, has already been delayed three times. Employees at CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind the game, have reportedly been required to work long hours, including six-day weeks, for more than a year. The practice is called "crunch" in the video game industry, and it is sadly all too common. From a report: It's also something that the leadership at CD Projekt Red said wasn't going to happen to the people making Cybe...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Kotaku, Iwi, Marcin Iwiński, Adam Badowski, Adam Kici


Is Xbox Game Pass Really the 'Best Deal in Gaming'?

For $10 to 15 a month, you can get access to “hundreds” of Xbox and/or PC games with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass—sort of like a Netflix for video games. Many sites, from PC Gamer to our own friends at Kotaku, have hailed it as one of the best deals in gaming, but is it right for you? Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Microsoft, Xbox One, Netflix, Kotaku, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S


Uri Geller Finally Apologizes for Suing Pokemon 20 Years Ago

In January of the year 2000, Pokémon was sued by stage magician Uri Geller for $97 million (over a Pokémon card with a similar name that carried the magician's trademark bent spoon). 20 years later, Kotaku reports... Spoon-bending magician Uri Geller gave Nintendo permission to use the character Kadabra on Pokémon cards today, after a 20 year legal dispute in which Geller claimed the Pokémon's Japanese name and image were too close to his own. "I am truly sorry for what I did 20 years ago," ...
Tags: Tech, Nintendo, Kotaku, Geller, Uri Geller, ScreenRant, Kadabra, Yungerer Yungeller, Yun Geller, Geller Geller


The Xbox Series X May or May Not Be Catching on Fire, and Microsoft Is Investigating

The Xbox Series X is so hot right now, and I don’t mean figuratively. I mean literally. Some people are claiming that their new Xboxes are catching on fire, but there’s a lot of skepticism over whether these claims are true. As our sister site Kotaku reports, this could be an elaborate hoax.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Fire, Consoles, Kotaku, Gaming Consoles, Xbox Series X, So Hot Right Now


Review: With a nod to the past, fully loaded Xbox Series X is built for the future

The Xbox One was a console that gamers weren’t ready for. Released in 2013, it was ahead of its time when it came to voice control. Before households were saying “Hey Alexa” to a smart speaker, Microsoft wanted players to say “Xbox on.” As games as a service developed into “Fortnite” and “Destiny,” the need for an always-on internet connection became apparent. It was an element that drew criticism against the product. Building toward the future has always been built embedded in the console famil...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Sport, Netflix, Things To Do, Soccer, Sony, Pixar, Bethesda, Alexa, Kotaku, Walnut Creek Calif, Phil Spencer, Jose Carlos Fajardo, TV and Streaming, Bay Area News Group Smartphone


10 things in tech you need to know today

President Donald Trump got five tweets labelled as "misleading." Win McNamee/Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Trump's tweets keep getting labelled as "misleading." The tweets generally questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election, mentioning Michigan's vote count and cla...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, California, Youtube, Trends, Bloomberg, Sprint, Fox News, Michigan, Donald Trump, Gamestop, Nordic, Trump, Kotaku, T Mobile


GameStop asks employees to compete in a TikTok dance challenge to win extra hours and a gift card on Black Friday

Ben Gilbert/Business Insider GameStop employees can compete in a TikTok dance challenge for the chance to earn extra shifts during Black Friday, Kotaku reported on Wednesday. The winning store will get 10 labor hours, a Visa gift card, and two Amazon Echo products. GameStop is struggling and selling new consoles over Black Friday is important for the business. "Hours have always been a sensitive subject for the managers, a former GameStop employee told Kotaku. "They're typically running t...
Tags: Trends, Cnn, Amazon Echo, Gamestop, Don, Kotaku, The Boston Globe, Ben Gilbert, Red Red Wine, Mary Meisenzahl, COVID, Business Insider Black, Business Insider GameStop


The Quarantine Stream: ‘Action Button’ Reviews Video Games on YouTube Unlike Anyone Else Reviewing Video Games on YouTube

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.) The Series: Action Button Where You Can Stream It: YouTube The Pitch: Tim Rogers reviews video games on the internet. But he reviews video games on the internet unlike anyone else you have ever seen. Why It’s Essential Viewing: I’ve been an avid follower of writer/critic/game developer Tim Rogers since I discovered his work at Kotaku.com,...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, Rogers, Kotaku, Tim Rogers, Featured Stories Sidebar, The Quarantine Stream, Action Button


Twitch Suddenly Mass-Deletes Thousands of Videos, Citing Music Copyright Claims

"It's finally happening: Twitch is taking action against copyrighted music — long a norm among streamers — in response to music industry pressure," reports Kotaku. But the Verge reports "there's some funny stuff going on here." First, Twitch is telling streamers that some of their content has been identified as violating copyright and that instead of letting streamers file counterclaims, it's deleting the content; second, the company is telling streamers it's giving them warnings, as opposed t...
Tags: Tech, Twitch, Kotaku, Rod Slasher Breslau, First Twitch


A Massive Spam Attack Is Ruining Public 'Among Us' Games

Just days after US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played Among Us to an audience of more than 435,000 viewers, InnerSloth, the developer of the popular multiplayer title, is struggling to contain a spam attack that is affecting most of the game's community. Engadget reports: The hack started to spread through the game's userbase on Thursday evening. It causes players to spam their match's text chat with messages that direct people to the YouTube and Discord channels of a person who goes...
Tags: Youtube, US, Tech, Donald Trump, Engadget, Kotaku, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Eris Loris, Forest Willard


This is how 16 tech companies have reacted to the QAnon conspiracy theory on their platform

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Social-media platforms have been slow to act against the QAnon conspiracy theory, with many only acting to curb the ballooning movement within the last few weeks.  QAnon followers have been linked to several alleged crimes, including killings and attempted kidnappings.  Now, tech companies, including Facebook, TikTok, Triller, Etsy, and others, say they're making efforts to rid their platforms of the unfounded conspiracy theory movement.  Visit Business Insider's...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden


This is how 14 tech companies have reacted to the QAnon conspiracy theory on their platform

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Social-media platforms have been slow to act against the QAnon conspiracy theory, with many only acting to curb the ballooning movement within the last few weeks.  QAnon followers have been linked to several alleged crimes, including killings and attempted kidnappings.  Now, tech companies, including Facebook, TikTok, Triller, Etsy, and others, say they're making efforts to rid their platforms of the unfounded conspiracy theory movement.  Visit Business Insider's...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden


QAnon is facing a wave of bans by tech companies. These are the platforms that have and haven't responded to the conspiracy theory.

Jeff Swensen/Getty Images Social-media platforms have been slow to act against the QAnon conspiracy theory, with many only acting to curb the ballooning movement within the last few weeks.  QAnon followers have been linked to several alleged crimes, including killings and attempted kidnappings.  Now, tech companies, including Facebook, TikTok, Triller, Etsy, and others, say they're making efforts to rid their platforms of the unfounded conspiracy theory movement.  Visit Business Insider's...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy, Youtube, Berlin, New York City, Nbc News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn


Xbox's Phil Spencer Hints At Exclusivity Potential For Bethesda Games

In an interview with Kotaku, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that Microsoft doesn't need to ship future Bethesda games on PlayStation in order to recoup the $7.5 billion it spent acquiring Bethesda's parent company, Zenimax Media, last month. Spencer also explained that the deal wasn't specifically signed to take games away from the platform. Pure Xbox reports: "This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that. Nowhere in the documentation that we put together was: 'How d...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Bethesda, Spencer, Kotaku, Yahoo Finance, Phil Spencer, ZeniMax Media, Exclusivity Potential For Bethesda Games, Pure Xbox


Watch: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Directed a Trailer for the ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ Video Game

It’s always exciting when filmmakers test the waters in different mediums, especially the medium of video games. Video games are becoming increasingly cinematic, so much so that the lines are being blurred and you’ve got film websites reviewing games. So when a filmmaker makes the leap to video games, it’s not that much of a leap. Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is the latest to make that leap, with a new CG spot for the Marvel’s Avengers video game, the new action role-playing ...
Tags: New York, Movies, Video Games, America, Marvel Comics, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Skull Island, Hulk, Square Enix, Kotaku, Kong, Kamala, Crystal Dynamics, Kamala Khan, Shaun Escayg


IKEA recreated its new catalog in Animal Crossing — so clever

IKEA in Taiwan used the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons to recreate some pages in its new 2021 catalog. As an avid player of the game, I am so tickled by this and appreciate how much effort went into doing it. Some of the substitutions they had to make for the recreations are really clever. Like a character's bun is used for a big round hanging light: And an assessed fossil in used in place of a dinosaur stuffed animal: Impressive! See all the recreated catalog ...
Tags: Post, News, Taiwan, Ikea, Kotaku, Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing New Horizons, ACNH, IKEA Taiwan Facebook


Burger King Brags About Exploiting Twitch To Advertise To Kids For Cheap

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Earlier this week, an advertising agency emerged with a video bragging about an ad-campaign concept: We'll invade gaming-filled Twitch chat rooms and post ads for your brand for cheap. The attached video was exactly the kind of cringe you might expect from "brand engages with video game culture," with edgy yet inoffensive quotes, footage of fake games, and digitally altered voices. But what looked like a fake ad concept has turned out to be ...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Ars Technica, Burger King, Ftc, Ogilvy, Kotaku, Donovan, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Nathan Grayson, Ross RubberNinja O Donovan