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Sony and Hotz agree out of court – full settlement details

Monday, 11 April 2011 17:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Following months of legal wrangling, Sony and hacker George “Geohot” Hotz have jointly confirmed that they’ve settled their hacking dispute out of court.

Who is George Hotz?

Infamous iPhone hacker who earlier this year published PS3′s root key.

Sony sued Hotz on eight claims, including violation of the DMCA, computer fraud, and copyright infringement.

Case reached farce levels when Sony said Hotz visiting South America had damaged his case.

Hotz on Wikipedia.

Sony and Hotz have issued a joint statement to announce “the settlement of the lawsuit filed by SCEA against Hotz in federal court in San Francisco, California. The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011. As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.”

The details of the agreement have already been leaked, following Hotz refusing to discuss the terms on his blog as they’re “confidential”. Get the full court document in the images below.

Hotz is now bound by a permanent injunction that forbids him from “trafficking in any technology” that “circumvents any of the TPM’s in any Sony product,” including any sort of decryption code.

He’s also banned from assisting in such activities, or distributing any confidential information about Sony in any form.

Any violations of the agreement will be charged at $10,000 each, up to a cap of $250,000.

It’s also clearly stated in the document that Hotz would be tried in California if the deal was voided. Exactly where Hotz was to be tried formed a substantial part of the ongoing spat between the two parties.

“Satisfaction”

In a press release, both Sony and Hotz “expressed satisfaction” that the case, based on Hotz’s publication of PS3′s root key in January, had been quickly resolved.

“Sony is glad to put this litigation behind us,” said Riley Russell, General Counsel for SCEA. “Our motivation for bringing this litigation was to protect our intellectual property and our consumers. We believe this settlement and the permanent injunction achieve this goal.”

“It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier,” said Hotz, “I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”

Russell added: “We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network.

“We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

“Confidential”

Speaking away from the press release, though, Hotz’s comments have a different tone.

“The terms of the settlement agreement are ‘confidential’ and the matter requires that they be ‘confidential’,” said the hacker, commenting on his blog under a post in which he encourages people to boycott Sony goods.

He replied to a poster: “I am fighting your fight, in the best way I know how. You’ll just have to trust me.”

The original post, made today, reads as follows: “As of 4/11/11, I am joining the SONY boycott. I will never purchase another SONY product. I encourage you to do the same. And if you bought something SONY recently, return it. Why would you not boycott a company who feels this way about you?

“There is much more to come on this blog.”

The case had started to become a real bugbear for Sony, after it was targeted by hacktivist group Anonymous in recent weeks. Related DDOS attacks on PSN outed the service for much of Monday.

The move will almost certainly be seen as a victory for the group, which today announced intentions to stage sit-in protests at Sony stores over the case, following gamer complaints at Anonymous’s decision to target PSN.

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44 Comments

  1. CaptPierce

    So wait? Who won this dispute, Sony or GeoHot?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    In the end the only loosers in this case are GAMERS. Not Sony or Hotz to be honest.

    Whats done is done. Playstation 3 is cracked to death and Hotz now free

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    I would never thought it would end like this. Very anticlimactic. Hotz just gets a slap on the wrist.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Kerplunk

    “The parties reached an agreement in principle on March 31, 2011..”

    That date is worth noting should Anonymous or like-minded supporters try to claim their activities had any influence in any of this. Now they can go back to their basements and re-watch Fight Club and The Matrix. Again.

    @2 “…and Hotz now free”

    “As part of the settlement, Hotz consented to a permanent injunction.”

    Yup. “Permanent injunction” sounds just like “freedom” doesn’t it?

    All in all, given the amount of bravura shown by Hotz, it seems maybe he didn’t have quite the cast-iron argument to get the result he seemed so sure of earlier on. Maybe he should write a song about it.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. MushroomStamp

    ROFL!! Saw this coming from the beginning. Once Sony realized they didn’t really break any laws just their feelings. Eventually companies will get it that once a consumer buys a product, it is theirs.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. pukem0n

    so he releases future stuff with a different name without anyone knowing. case closed.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Hunam

    I think Sony could have really done some damage here, but I’m glad to see they saw this as bad PR and just wrapped it up nice and quietly.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. AbolfazlA

    Sony will hire GeoHot

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Hunam

    Not a chance of that happening tbh.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Rosseu

    It’s confidential because Sony hired him. lol.
    -
    This is a joke, Hotz still hates sony so…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Tallon 4

    Lol @ picture 2.
    First time he ever saw an actual camera or caught wanking?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    Hahahaha. The poor anti-climatic nature of all this is pretty hilarious, what with seeing so many clueless people rambling on about jail time, Hotz being screwed for life, this changing the future of service laws, blah blah blah.

    Welcome to reality, where everything is actually really quite boring.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Hunam

    Yep. This much is true. Everything is generally pretty dull.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Patrick Garratt

    The entire settlement’s been added for you in the gallery there.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. tigersaman

    HotZ WiNs ! fatality !
    2 Sony : Never play such a dangerous game with H@ckeRz

    #15 4 years ago
  16. FredEffinChopin

    @4 post of the day

    @16 I sincerely hope that is a joke

    #16 4 years ago
  17. NeoSquall

    @3 Indeed.

    In the end Hotz is getting a permanent injunction to “never mess with Sony internal technologies anymore” and a 10 grands fee every time he gets caught doing it.
    Whoa, big deal.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. AHA-Lambda

    sorry can someone define what permament injunction means for geohotz here in this case?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Freek

    It means he is bound by law never to hack Sony products or face steep fines.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. tigersaman

    @ 17 & 18

    the money is already paid with donation money.and from now every hack will be namless and i can clearly see the NGP hacked in the first week of shiping from now !

    @19 agreed.it means nothing ! the hacks will be namless and sony can do nothing !

    #20 4 years ago
  21. ManuOtaku

    Guys not pun intended, but every time he will be hacking sony products in the future he will be anonymous.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Aimless

    People are assuming he has any interest in hacking things anonymously. If this whole debacle has proved anything it’s that he has an ego and is into hacking for the recognition.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. LOLshock94

    SONY is officially fucked

    #23 4 years ago
  24. AHA-Lambda

    Not the most exciting settlement rly. Geohotz only got off without facing sony’s full wrath and sony just made sure in writing that he never does it again.

    Begs the question: why didn’t sony just go the full way and sue his ass to hell and back? It still sounds like they came out the settlement best =s

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Christopher Jack

    GeoHot won’t accomplish a damn thing, all he is doing is wasting his time & what the fuck would be the point of a boycott? Surely everybody knows that it’ll NEVER accomplish anything, worst case scenario: 150’000+ people will lose their jobs @ Sony & other companies will resume doing the exact same thing.
    They’re acting as if Sony’s supporting the Taliban or something, pathetic! Sony’s just exploiting their legal rights & there’s only one way around that & it’s not boycotting & performing childish revenge attacks like DDoSing, it’d be legally through a reevaluation of the DMCA.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. FredEffinChopin

    @23
    Aren’t you the same guy who was slamming the Uncharted series because the story “sounds bland”? We get it, your dick gets hard every time you hear the word Sony. Your transparency makes you look so pathetic.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. LOLshock94

    wait saying what i feel about uncharted means i hate sony? really? ive recently started playing my ps3 while playing killzone 3, metal gear solid 4 and after burner? and TBH yes i hate sony but that doesnt mean i hate ps3 u douche.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. FredEffinChopin

    What was clear was that you wanted to hate something more than you actually did. When you criticize the way a story “looks” and write it off, you are obviously a man on a mission. It was a silly thing to say, and it completely revealed your bias, making it pretty irrelevant. You decided to dislike Uncharted 3 before touching it.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. hitnrun

    @22: True, Mr Hotz and this new ilk of out-and-proud hackers are ego-massaging publicity whores who would prefer to rake in the glory while also remaining above the law. But would it really surprise you to find out he’s also the bitter, vindictive type?

    A lawsuit like this would never have happened five years ago. Hackers used to forgo fame for the complete impunity of anonymous, variable nicknames. They did what they did for thrills or curiosity, not for the pussy. (And in this case, even that appears to be some years off…)

    #29 4 years ago
  30. LOLshock94

    @28 i was talking about uncharted 2 while typing that, sorry that i didnt make that clear but if anything uncharted 3 is going to be the same as the 2nd

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Ireland Michael

    I would love to know where the hell people are getting the assumption that he did this for some sort of fame or recognition.

    >Hacker shows his face on the internet
    >Hackers gets branded a publicity whore

    Seriously?

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Christopher Jack

    He done a rap ’nuff said.
    Well he was also on some talk show.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. NeoSquall

    I suppose there’s some sort of hidden clause stating that if anything new goes out in the scene about PS3 jailbreaking or any attempt on the NGP security, it will be automatically attributed to Hotz and he will get charge 10 grands every time.

    That’s probably the reason he came out with the boycott bullshit.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Ireland Michael

    @32 So?

    Making a YouTube video equals fame now?

    People obviously wanted to talk to him.

    Neither of those mean you’re doing something for the “fame”. People in the hacking scene already knew who he was long before this. He’s being doing this for years.

    Sony are the only company stupid enough to sue him for it.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. osric90

    @8 Yup.

    For all the others, haven’t you seen Cath Me if You Can? This is the second movie on the go. Sony WILL hire GeoHot to improve PS3′s security, that would be a smart action.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. MegaGeek1

    @34

    No, but doing multiple news interviews may lay credence to that theory. Also, when a reporter asks “So if your not doing this for money, what are you doing it for? Fame?” and his answer is; “Ha, well I would be lying if I said my actions were totally selfless”, also strengthens the argument.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. TVs Everywhere

    He replied to a poster: “I am fighting your fight, in the best way I know how. You’ll just have to trust me.”

    People still believe this ass? Seriously, he took everyone’s donation money and just used it to get out of trouble with Sony. And he expects people to “trust him”? Whatever happened to his demands that he announced he was going to make in the lawsuit? Whatever happened to the “this is your fight” line? Whatever happened to the “let’s get the best lawyers in the business to fight for us”?

    Sony completely handed Hotz’s ass to him. None of his so-called “demands” were met, and you bet your ass Hotz had to pay settlement to Sony to get them to stop. It’s just unbelievable how people STILL continue to side with him despite being full of hot air and using money meant to “fight for consumer rights” and just “settle” with it.

    Admit it, people, the guy’s a sleazebag. If you still support him after all this, I’m afraid there’s just no hope for your kind. This is beyond naïveté. It’s flat out stupidity.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. daytripper

    “I will address the donations in a forthcoming post, and I think people will be happy.”

    thats what he said also. will he refund donations? or will he escape to the solomon islands once a “sorry but the pot is empty, thanks for your support” type post has been made?

    #38 4 years ago
  39. NightCrawler1970

    Wow, Hotz get a job at sony, just hacking the PS3, i bet he will have a nice office with a nice view, and a fridge full of “NOS” bottles, to keep him up, and a very nice annual sallary of $150.000 a year awesome, maybe i have to hack Xbox, and i can get a job at Xbox, would love to work for Microsoft :P they got plenty of money $$$$$….

    #39 4 years ago
  40. tatsujin

    o_O;; .. I’m not gonna return my Sony products. They make good shit. Half the shit in my house is from Sony.

    Okay, case over, moving on. NGP release date please?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Christopher Jack

    May as well boycott Microsoft, Apple, Nintendo, IBM, Google, Intel, HP & many others too because they have all been involved in similar cases too. Sony maybe in vocal support of DRM but other than that, they’re probably on the lighter side next to all of these companies. This boycoott will accomplish nothing at all & even if it did, it wouldn’t be a positive result.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. TheWulf

    I still love all the hacker hate, despite the fact that hacking has been a part of science for generations, and that without hackers you wouldn’t have those consoles or expensive LCD tellies. You may be ignorant to how they work, or even to the nature of technological progression, but I can assure you that not all hackers are idiots, and not all of them are attention whores.

    Again, all I get from this hacker hate is “WE IZ LUDDITES” being yelled very loudly. :p Honestly, I just find this hacker hate to be as idiotic as you perceive hackers to be. You might as well hate technology, and if you’re doing that, why not go all the way, swear it off, and become Amish? That might suit you better.

    Sheesh.

    It amazes me how many people take the technology they love for granted, happily taking the time to insult the sorts of eggheads whom are responsible for providing the technology that entertains them. It’s ignorance, plain and simple.

    Quoth Dogbert: “OUT, OUT DEMONS OF STUPIDITY!” *waves stick!*

    #42 4 years ago
  43. mojo

    what thewulf sais.

    u guys should hear urself.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Christopher Jack

    @42, You are confused, none of us are stereotyping all hackers as cyber vigilantes/terrorists but you continue to assume that we are. We just tend to separate the legit guys by calling them developers/programmers/modders & the guys who create viruses, pirate & attack security walls &/or people the traditional hacker but all of us here know that both groups hack.

    Obviously this is not just Black & White situation, there’s all shades of grey & that’s where GeoHot sits but a majority of anonymous are Black (not racist!), disturbing whomever just for the lulz, just visit their Facebook & 4chan pages also read about their YouTube attack.

    #44 4 years ago

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    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]

  • Kojima Station show suspended

    In another episode in the the ongoing kerfuffle between Hideo Kojima and Konami, the publisher has suspended the Kojima Station web show. Recent tweets from the newly created Japanese Metal Gear Solid account confirm that Kojima Station will not be broadcast tomorrow, but would not provide a date for the next episode. The Tweets were […]

  • Watch Battle Royale for free this weekend on Xbox Live

    Square Enix is celebrating the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD by offering Xbox Live members in the UK a free rental of Battle Royale. Starting Saturday, March 28 and through Sunday, March 29, Xbox Live members in the UK will be able to rent Battle Royale through the Xbox Video Store, for free. The […]

  • Bloodborne journal, part 1: managing anxiety on the path to the Cleric Beast

    Bloodborne is both like and unlike the Souls games. Brenna descends into Yharnam with reluctance and trepidation. Need help succeeding in Bloodborne? You need our Bloodborne walkthrough and boss guide. Bloodborne isn’t Demon’s Souls or Dark Souls. Let’s get that out of the way right off. I enjoyed both Dark Souls games, but it was […]

  • PS Store Easter sale discounts MGS: Ground Zeroes, Far Cry 4, more

    The Easter Sale is live on the EU PS Store, with Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for less than £10, FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition for £30 and other savings. Some of the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita discounts are valid through April 8, other through April 15. PlayStation Plus members can also take an […]

  • Bloodborne video: how to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam

    Here’s a video for Bloodborne players showing a quick way to unlock the first shortcut in Old Yharnam. It also provides a look at things you may have missed in Central Yharnam and The Sewers, courtesy of VaatiVidya. Don’t forget, we have guides posted for the game with more updates coming soon. Bloodborne released in […]

  • Bloodborne issue prevents summons at Vicar Amelia fight

    A Bloodborne bug has prevented players calling on help to take on one of the nasty early bosses. Bloodborne bosses are significantly easier to take down in co-op. Unfortunately, at least one of them is proving difficult to find help for – and not just because not many players have obtained the Small Resonant Bell […]

  • Mass Effect 3 on sale on EU PSN, but not free

    Mass Effect 3 is discounted on the European PSN, but it’s not free. Update 2: The option to add to cart now lets you choose between the free trial or full version. The full version is on sale for £6.49 or £5.84 for PlayStation Plus members. The free trial is of course is still available, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Race to Elite winners announced, one player makes £10,000

    The winners of Elite: Dangerous’ Race To Elite competition have been announced, with one player receiving the grand prize of £10,000. Back when Elite: Dangerous launched, developer Frontier announced a competition that would award players to first reach Elite rank in trading, exploration, or combat, a prize of £1,000 each. The grand prize – £10,000 […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: How to make the most money with Special Bonuses and Elite Challenges

    You’re not hitting heists for the good of your health. Here’s how to max cash rewards. Money. GTA Online players love it. Greenbacks are the core of the entire experience, allowing you to buy the best weapons, vehicles and stupid haircuts. Heists, as promised, gives more opportunities than ever to earn serious cash, but once […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 coming tomorrow

    PlayStation 4 firmware 2.50, codenamed Yukimura, is due for release tomorrow, March 26. Firmware update 2.50 for PlayStation 4 will be launching tomorrow, March 26, Sony has announced. Codenamed Yukimura, the system update is promised to bring suspend/resume feature, trophy sync improvements, accessibility options, and much more. 2.50 has been in beta testing a while […]

  • GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges and more

    Heists aren’t the only addition in GTA Online’s latest DLC – there’s a lot of content that can earn you big RP and cash payouts. GTA 5 Online Heists guide: adversary modes, daily objectives, free roam challenges While heists are the talking point and big payoff after more than a year of waiting, there’s a […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: what’s the best Police sniper rifle?

    What’s the best bolt-action, Police sniper rifle for the Professional class in Battlefield Hardline? Let us help you answer that question. As you’re probably aware, Battlefield Hardline weapons are class specific and faction specific. This makes deciding on a good weapon and loadout much harder than it was in Battlefield 4. Which is where Westie […]

  • Evolve 1.3 patch nerfs Wraith, adjusts Kraken

    Evolve is receiving a new patch that aims to put an end to the Wraith’s dominance. Evolve developer Turtle Rock outlined a few of the changes coming in patch 1.3. The patch brings balance changes to the monsters – mainly the Wraith – as well as other various changes to Hunters’ tools based on player […]

  • Bloodborne: watch the opening 40 minutes

    The opening minutes of Bloodborne really do set the stage for what’s to come. They’ll also help you decide if this game is for you. Arekkz Gaming has captured the first 40 minutes of Bloodborne. Complete with the opening cutscene, and the first few obstacles you’ll face. The video is commentary free, so wear headphones […]

  • YouTube will relaunch livestreaming service with focus on eSports and gaming – report

    According to industry sources, Google is preparing to relaunch YouTube’s livestreaming service with a focus on eSports and gaming. According to anonymous sources speaking to TheDailyDot, Google is planning to bring back YouTube’s livestreaming service. The company is said to have started recruiting around 50 engineers with experience in the field, “a pretty big statement […]

  • I think I’m too old for Final Fantasy 15

    Final Fantasy 15 was nine years in the making – and counting. Are we the same people we were in 2006? Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae A demo available for PS4 and Xbox One. Offers a couple of hours of gameplay. More if you jump over the borders. Bundled with Final Fantasy 15 Type-0 and […]

  • New multiplayer mode for Splatoon announced

    Nintendo has sent over three screenshots for Splatoon along with information on the Wii U another of the title’s multiplayer modes. Called Ranked Battle, it keeps track of each player’s online ranking. Splat Zones is one of the additional ways to play online in this mode. It differs from Turf War, which is the main […]

  • 2015 WoW Arena World Championship has a $250,000 prize pool

    Blizzard has announced the WoW Arena World Championship will culminate at BlizzCon 2015. World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena teams from around the globe will compete for spot at the 2015 WoW Arena World Championship and for a share in the $250,000 prize pool. Online qualifiers will be held for North America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New […]

  • The Crew two-hour demo now available in US, tomorrow in the UK

    Ubisoft has announced a free trial of its driving MMO The Crew will be available tomorrow, March 25 in the UK. It’s live today in North America. For current players, the Vintage Car Pack and Vintage Live Update, including a new PvP mode, are now available. The Vintage Car Pack included the Chevrolet Corvette C2 […]

  • Minecraft Mass Effect Mash-Up and Pattern Texture Pack out from today

    A Mass Effect Mash-up pack and the Pattern Texture Pack will release on PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita today in North America and tomorrow in Europe. The Pattern Texture Pack is also available for Xbox consoles today. The Mass Effect Mash-Up pack contains the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 plus textures and craftable items […]

  • The Talos Principle expansion pack Road to Gehenna announced

    An expansion for The Talos Principle has been announced titled Road to Gehenna. The expansion follows the narrative of Uriel, Elohim’s messenger, as he explores a “strange, hidden part of the simulation” on a mission of “mercy and redemption.” Uriel is attempting to free the souls of the damned “at all costs.” Road to Gehenna […]

  • Twitch Plays Pokemon finally catches ‘em all – even the rare Mewtwo

    Twitch Plays Pokemon players have captured all 151 original Pokemon which were included in a modified version of Pokemon Red, and this includes the rare Mewtwo. It took 39 days for Twitch players to catch ‘em all. Have a look at the impressive feat for yourself below. Thanks, Polygon.

  • GameStop will have limited units of Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL back in stock

    Those who missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL will have another opportunity to purchase it outside of eBay. Tomorrow only, GameStop stores in the United States will have four units in stock, according to and internal memo sent to Kotaku. This is every store in the country, and again, only […]

  • Second phase of Fortnite closed Alpha launches today

    Fortnite’s second closed Alpha test will go live this afternoon, according to the official website. Those currently participating will have until April 14 to test the online aspects for 12 hours per day (noon -12am EDT). All progress from the previous Alpha test will be wiped, and other changes are listed in the patch notes. […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon out now on PC, Xbox One

    As promised yesterday, the single-player DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Jaws of Hakkon, is now available on PC and Xbox One. It will run you or £11.99 or your regional equivalent. The new content expands the land of Thedas with mountainous regions and forests, and it is full of “vicious enemies.” Players will also be […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare trailer shows Ascendance gameplay

    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]