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Quantic Dream sues media over toxic workplace stories

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Quantic Dream sues media over toxic workplace stories

Quantic Dream is suing a pair of French media outlets that reported on working conditions at the studio.

Kotaku has learned that French newspaper Le Monde and website Mediapart are being sued by the Detroit: Become Human developer in what is believed to be the first incident of a video game studio taking legal action against the press for negative reporting.

In January, former employees of Quantic Dream claimed that inappropriate behaviour, sexism, and homophobia are all commonplace at the studio.

The accusations began after about 600 photoshopped images dating back to 2013 were leaked from the company,

Quantic founder David Cage was accused of making dirty jokes and inappropriate remarks about actresses in his games, as well as homophobic or racist jokes.

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Team Yeah Nah inks its ticket to Splatoon 2 World Champs

Team Yeah Nah inks its ticket to Splatoon 2 World Champs

Team Yeah Nah decisively won the ANZ Splatoon 2 Cup grand finale at Supanova Melbourne this past weekend.

Yeah Nah dismantled part-Kiwi team ScarthAce 5-0 in the final, handing the latter its second consecutive grand final defeat.

Despite the score, the final was closely contested, with the first game decided by just 0.2%.

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Battle royale game Darwin Project goes F2P just six weeks after launch

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Battle royale game Darwin Project goes F2P just six weeks after launch

Battle royale title Darwin Project has gone free-to-play on PC, just six weeks after it released.

It will do the same on Xbox One after an update this week.

Darwin Project launched into Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview on March 9, hoping to distinguish itself in the popular genre by placing an emphasis on tracking, and by allowing viewers to participate in games.

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Australian High Court orders Valve to pay AU$3m over misleading refund policy

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Australian High Court orders Valve to pay AU$3m over misleading refund policy

Valve has lost an appeal filed in The High Court of Australia, and must now pay an AU$3 million penalty for breaching Australian Consumer Law.

The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission commenced legal action against Valve in August 2014, contending that Steam’s refund policy was in breach of Australian law.

At the time, Valve did not offer refunds for games at all. It now offers refunds on games played for fewer than two hours, with some caveats.

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Universal is working on a new Doom film

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Universal is working on a new Doom film

An actress has let slip that a new Doom film is in the works at Universal.

Last week, actress/singer Nina Bergman tweeted that she has signed up for the flick, and that the film's director is guy who is "an actors director, not scared of taking chances, thinks outside the box, writes crazy cool female characters and dialog".

Of course, there has already been one Doom film this millennium, a dismal effort starring Kiwi legend Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, and some dude called Dwayne Johnson.

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Housemarque teases "high flying and heavy hitting" multiplayer title Stormdivers

Housemarque teases "high flying and heavy hitting" multiplayer title Stormdivers

Nex Machina studio Housemarque is teasing a “high flying and heavy hitting” multiplayer title that will be its first games-as-service effort.

The Finish studio has been working on Stormdivers for two years, and says that with the game and another unannounced triple-A title, it is entering a new era.

There isn't a ton of info out about Stormdivers just yet, but when Eurogamer suggested it might be a a battle royale game, Housemarque head of publishing Mikael Haveri replied, "That's a very good assumption."

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Aussie adventure Moonquest hits Early Access soon

Aussie adventure Moonquest hits Early Access soon

The Australian procedurally-generated adventure game formerly known as Moonman will launch onto Steam Early Access in June.

Moonman has been retitled MoonQuest to reflect its now-expansive cast of playable characters, which include Moonman, a human, a spaceman, a knight, and a moss-elemental. Each character plays slightly differently and starts with different gear.

The game promises a rich procedurally-generated world to explore, and has mechanics similar to games like Minecraft, Terraria, Starbound, and Crea.

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Valve acquires Firewatch studio Campo Santo

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Valve acquires Firewatch studio Campo Santo

Firewatch studio Campo Santo has been acquired by Valve.

As a result, the studio’s 12 employees will relocate from California to Bellevue, Washington, where they will continue production on In the Valley of Gods.

In an update on its official blog, Campo Santo said the culture at Valve was a good fit for its employees.

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Hearthstone game director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard

Hearthstone game director Ben Brode is leaving Blizzard

Hearthstone game director Ben Brode has announced he is leaving Blizzard after 15 years with the company.

Brode is starting a new company that will “probably” make games, and is looking forward to “actually creating things again”.

“I am very fortunate to be able to take a crazy risk right now in my life, and I’m excited to be scrappy and a little scared,” he wrote on Blizzard’s official forums.

Monday 23 April