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EB Games pays AU$8500 following harrassment claim

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EB Games pays AU$8500 following harrassment claim

EB Games has paid AU$8500 to at least one of its former staff members following complaints about a manager, Kotaku reports.

In 2015, five EB Games workers lodged a complaint with the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and made statutory declarations to the Australian Human Rights Commission regarding their treatment at the hands of EB Games regional manager Mark DiStefano, among other things.

Some of the alleged treatment is outlined in this Kotaku feature that ran in July 2015, but the short version is that the complainants claim DiStefano was short-tempered; frequently verbally abusive, racist, and homophobic; and behaved inappropriately – even around customers. There were also claims that EB Games' casual staff either worked unpaid overtime or didn't get shifts.

At the time, DiStefano and EB Games denied any and all liability, and now the matter has apparently been settled with no admission of guilt on the company's part.

"I got pressured into taking the deal and I regret it," one former staff member told Kotaku.

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Overwatch Pacific Champs season 2 starts tonight

Overwatch Pacific Champs season 2 starts tonight

The second season of the Overwatch Pacific Championship starts tonight, Blizzard has announced.

Eight top teams from across the Pacific will fight for glory, including 16 players who played key roles representing five different countries in the recent group stages of Overwatch World Cup 2017.

The total prize pool on offer is NT 8,300,000 (approximately AU$346,000).

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Aussie rogue-lite City of Brass eyes up Early Access

Aussie rogue-lite City of Brass eyes up Early Access

Aussie first-person rogue-lite City of Brass will hit Steam Early Access on September 18, developer Uppercut Games has announced.

In City of Brass, you are a daring thief infiltrating the titular trap-laden city, armed only with a blade and an extremely versatile whip that can grab, trip, disarm, and stun, as well as swing you about the place.

Levels are Arabian Nights-themed and procedurally generated, and the game features multiple interacting systems that sound like they are designed with player freedom in mind.

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How Kiwis game, according to the IGEA

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How Kiwis game, according to the IGEA

Two-thirds of Kiwis play video games, half of all players are female, and the average player age is 34, says the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association.

This week the association released its annual Digital New Zealand report, which it produces in conjunction with Bond University in Queensland.

Digital New Zealand 2018 is the fifth study in a series of national research that began in 2009. It looks at the demographics of Kiwis who play games, as well as their play habits, behaviours and attitudes.

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RocketWerkz VR sequel Out of Ammo: Death Drive swerves onto Steam

RocketWerkz VR sequel Out of Ammo: Death Drive swerves onto Steam

The latest VR title from Dunedin's RocketWerkz is available now on Steam.

Out of Ammo standalone sequel Out of Ammo: Death Drive is an apocalyptic road trip title developed exclusively for VR, in which players build defences, scavenge scrap, and kill undead hordes using an arsenal of firearms, melee weapons and mounted defences.

According to the game's release announcement, it started as an ironic joke by RocketWerkz founder and DayZ creator Dean Hall to add zombies to Out of Ammo. Doesn't he know irony is dead in this postmodern age?

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Crackdown 3 delayed to autumn 2018

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Crackdown 3 delayed to autumn 2018

Crackdown 3 won't arrive until autumn next year, Microsoft has announced.

The open world action title was announced at E3 2014, and was originally supposed to release last year. Its release was then pushed back to coincide with that of the Xbox One X.

Microsoft Studios publishing general manager Shannon Loftis told Polygon that the delay will allow Reagent Games, Sumo Digital, and Cloudgine to ensure the game is a quality experience.

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PewDiePie stops nazi jokes after seeing actual nazis

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PewDiePie stops nazi jokes after seeing actual nazis

Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg has pledged to stop making jokes about being a nazi.

In an video titled "I guess this needed to be said", the world's most-subscribed YouTuber admitted that the neo-nazi events in Charlottesville over the weekend had altered his outlook.

"It sort of gave me a little bit of perspective, because technically I got grouped in with these people somehow," Kjellberg said.

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Melbourne City FC signs FIFA esports player

Melbourne City FC signs FIFA esports player

Melbourne City FC is the first club in Australia to sign a player for the digital soccer pitch.

The club has announced that 20-year-old Melbournite and FIFA fanatic Marcus Gomes will be its first esports representative, and that his first outing in the team's colours will be in London this week at the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final.

The final runs from August 16-18, and Gomes is the only Australian player among its 32 finalists.

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Six ANZ games selected for PAX Aus Indie Showcase

Six ANZ games selected for PAX Aus Indie Showcase

A pair of Kiwi titles and four from Australia have been selected for display at PAX Australia.

Kiwi arena brawler Grabity and FPS Sky Noon will be showcased at the popular expo, which runs from October 27-29 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.

When discussing Grabity's creation with us last month, Team Ninja Thumbs' Moritz Schlitter called it "Super Smash Bros. with Half-Life gravity guns".

Wednesday 16 August

Melbourne City FC signs FIFA esports player
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Melbourne City FC signs FIFA esports player
First AU club to do so.
Six ANZ games selected for PAX Aus Indie Showcase
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Six ANZ games selected for PAX Aus Indie Showcase
Beat out 94 others for a spot.
Tacoma is great theatre in game form
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Tacoma is great theatre in game form
Total recall.