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Microsoft gave NSA access to users’ Skype calls & emails – report

Friday, 12 July 2013 10:22 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft is said to have given the US National Security Agency access to its users’ Skype calls, Outlook emails and SkyDrive contents for the past three years. A new report based on leaked documents suggests that the company offered the data as part of a US government surveillance initiative called Prism.

The Guardian’s report is said to be derived from ‘top-secret documents’ acquired by the paper, that suggest the private information and conversations of the public were shared between Microsoft, US intelligence firms and a number of Silicon Valley companies.

Documents provided by an informant show that Microsoft helped the NSA bypass certain encryption measures, allowing the firm to monitor Outlook.com web chats, and that the surveillance agency had pre-encryption access to Outlook and Hotmail messages.

In one document, the routine sharing of collected data through Prism with the CIA, FBI, NSA and other authorities was referred to as a “team sport”.

It is also claimed that Microsoft worked with the FBI and NSA to allow access to the company’s cloud-based SkyDrive service, and the contents of user accounts. The FBI also worked with Microsoft to better understand the creation ad use of Outlook email aliases.

In July, the NSA is said to have boasted that new capabilites had allowed it to triple the amount of Skype calls it was collecting as part of the Prism initiative.

The leaked documents come at a time where Silicon Valley companies are said to be at odds with the Obama administration, and are urging congress to allow them freedom to disclose the extent of their data capture and cooperation with the NSA, in order to ease privacy concerns. Executives in several tech companies have suggested that this collaboration with the NSA is driven through what the Guardian calls ‘legal compulsion’.

In a statement, Microsoft said, “When we upgrade or update products we aren’t absolved from the need to comply with existing or future lawful demands.” It stressed that it discloses customer data with agencies like the NSA, “only in response to government demands and we only ever comply with orders for requests about specific accounts or identifiers”.

If you want the full story – and there is a lot more to say – check out the Guardian’s report on the matter here.

Thanks CVG.

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51 Comments

  1. Max Payne

    *SHOCKER*

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    I wonder how much heat a company like MS will take for this?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Djoenz

    That last part and Microsoft’s statement was BS and to think its been going on for 3 years. I can understand focusing on terrorists and suspects but this is troublesome man.

    Dutch companies, internet providers etc. are participating as well, but most are not being forward. Also its not known which agencies in my country asked for the intel of assumingly normal civillians.

    Information is power and the elite can do what they want. Rights we dont have we just have to listen and obey.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Talkar

    I can understand where MS is coming from, if a government as big as the US one is forcing you to give them some data, i would do it too. I don’t think MS can afford to do otherwise.

    If anything i blame the US government for this shite.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Judicas

    So conspiracy theory stuff is video game news now? Weird direction to take this site…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 Skype and SkyDrive are features of Xbox 360, hence, it’s gaming news.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. For Blood

    @5

    It was feminist news the other day.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. SplatteredHouse

    How’s it a conspiracy theory when the documents have been obtained, studied and information presented? (short of the documents themselves not being pictured) If they’re doing that to SKYPE users. DESPITE assurances to the contrary, what belief should any X1 user have that they aren’t in the same boat?

    On a 51% assurety belief that you aren’t American or on US soil, warrant be damned, you’re just fair game? Sod that!

    @3 Microsoft aren’t being straight-up about this at all. They can be regularly seen to be trying to duck and run.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Beukwama

    http://imgur.com/JqcWd6i

    #9 2 years ago
  10. mreko3230

    @4 That’s the thing. I remember Google was holding out for a long time on handing over certain data and they were basically told to either do it or there would be charges brought against google for obstruction.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Djoenz

    @Dave Cook

    I have the utmost respect for you because you are involved with all members and bother to take the time to explain/reply to everyone including people that comment irrelevant stuff.

    Im ashamed on the other hand you even have to defend yourselves.
    You dont have to explain. You guys decide what to post and what not. He decided to post nonsense but just ignore those idiots!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mistermogul

    Prism was made public last month right?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Belazur

    Typical Microsft….. smh

    [MICROSOFT] Revealed: How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages. Kinect conspiracies maybe true.
    Link: http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data

    And another good article regarding the MS/NSA/Spy topic: Why “I Have Nothing to Hide” Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance.
    Link: http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/06/why-i-have-nothing-to-hide-is-the-wrong-way-to-think-about-surveillance/

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ps3fanboy

    the micro$hafts still keep digging and digging…

    *flushes micro$hafts down the galaxy’s most evil rancid smelling , darkest , bile , filthiest , stench ridden , turd filled toilets*

    #14 2 years ago
  15. redwood

    @14 you really flush that toilet a lot man

    #15 2 years ago
  16. The_Red

    I’m not too familiar with US or UN laws but couldn’t this become the base of some serious law suits?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. actuallyisnotafox

    am i the only one who thinks xbox one would of continued this? i dunno the whole always on, kinect is always listening, hey we have skype too you know, just seems to fishy :p

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DSB

    @3 It’s been going on for at least six years.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ps3fanboy

    @15 redwood, i flush it hard everyday. as long there is a micro$hafts, flushing the toilets is needed… just saying.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Lengendaryboss

    @Redwood
    Well he has to because he uses it daily in that place he calls home. :)

    @5
    Please shut up, the forum post i made focused on this exact problem.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Lengendaryboss

    @19
    I think that excuse is covering you rather than MS.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah Dave, don’t bother justifying the existence of a post to some internet dood. You decide…

    It’s not like you’re not so busy to not have the time to post extra unnecessary shit.

    As far as I’m concerned, anything to do with games, and by extension media, consumer electronics, and the big technology should be represented here, and fuck anyone who doesn’t like it.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dave Cook

    @11 & 22 thanks guys, I appreciate it. Sometimes I wish I had a little brick wall on my desk to headbutt in times of utter fuckwittery.

    My birthday’s next month, I could make it a treat to myself.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. MidlifeAxe

    @11 & @22

    Amen to that.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Fin

    Fuckin’ hell.

    Before this whole NSA/Prism thing, privacy concerns with X1/Kinect 2.0 didn’t really concern me.
    They certainly do now.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. kingy

    @17 I agree with you and thought the same thing if the US government said turn the kinect’s on they would say Ok ,it must be a shitty situation for Microsoft to be in unless they are benefiting some how from assisting them but that’s even more conspiracy theories

    #26 2 years ago
  27. sh4dow

    @4

    Exactly. All this MS bashing in this regard is so ridiculous.
    There are many awful things MS does but in this case, they are hardly in a place of power. After all, even most countries bow to the USA. So a company – never mind how huge it is – is supposed to take a stand? Yeah right…

    #27 2 years ago
  28. jeffb01

    @27

    I don’t think that people are bashing MS for complying as much as for forcing a camera and microphone into our living room (kinnect mandatory)…

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Tavarish

    @2 I would say non, outside of consumer base, if they can proof that “We just did what government told us to do and keep it secret!” -angle. They lose fuckton of goodwill because of this for sure.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. bradk825

    If you want to do business in the US you have to comply with US law. Pretty simple. ISPs, phone companies etc that have your information or access to it will do the same thing if it’s demanded of them. Nothing you do on the internet is truly private.

    Personally I think the only people who should be concerned about the government watching them are those on a watch list. Those on a watch list should be further concerned if they deserve to be on it.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. MCTJim

    http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/6/4403868/nsa-fbi-mine-data-apple-google-facebook-microsoft-others-prism

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Tavarish

    @30 I think it’s kinda sad when people start saying stuff like that. “It’s ok to get anal probed and give government blanket rights to do what ever they want because you don’t have anything hide!” thinking is just terrifying at its own level.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. MCTJim

    @32 no sir, I dont like it.

    its getting out of hand really…wont be long before a “King” is crowned here :(

    uh oh..may have the nsa watching me now for that comment..LOL

    #33 2 years ago
  34. bradk825

    Well 32, I don’t live in the US so I guess I have nothing to worry about either way. I just don’t think the average person is being spied on though. Everyone is in a panic that the NSA is going to listen to their calls. If you are not on a terrorist watch list, who the fuck do you think you are that the NSA gives a flaming shit what you’re talking to grandma about?

    Do you object to companies providing a client list when served with a warrant signed by a judge? Something that’s been in US law for a long, long time? It’s the same basic principle. Google, Apple, Facebook, MS, and I’m sure your beloved Sony too *gasp* when served with a perfectly legal demand for information will sing like a canary. Otherwise they would face hefty fines and somebody would probably be charged with obstruction.

    If you don’t like this stuff, you have to make it an election issue, not bitch about it on the internet and start quoting 1984. MS can’t stop giving information because you don’t like it any more than your landlord could decline to give police access to your apartment if they have a warrant to search it.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Tavarish

    @34 Even us Europeans have shit to fear for from US. If you haven’t noticed US has rather blanket rights all around the world and NSA’s Prism wasn’t “just about US”. It was, is, basically whole fucking world. I personally think that it’s naive thinking, to some extent, to think that US’s “War on Terror” and what comes with it doesn’t concern Europeans or rest of the world.

    Sure e.g. EU can say “Naughty US! Naughty to kidnap our citizens and/or listen to our calls!” etc., but I think we have seen enough that shit doesn’t matter in the end. US is police country of the world currently, even when theirs hold has been slipping for many reasons.

    Also maybe some company should “Fuck no..” no e.g. US government when they walk in with blanket warrant from judge or Patriot Act (basically you don’t need judge or even probable cause) and battle it out. Government shouldn’t have unlimited reach and blanket rights just because people are afraid of some Abdul in Afghanistan cave.

    What we fear more in the end? That random terrorist that may or may not exist OR governments that are getting more and more freedoms to do what ever they fuck please and can’t be hold responsible?

    This whole NSA + Prism debacle plays into this, in large way.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. stretch215

    @34 exactly +100000. You’re talking sense though, half of these zealots won’t understand.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. stretch215

    @35 no….just no. I’m laughing quite loudly reading your post, actually. No company (especially a US company) can “just say fuck no” to the US gov. It doesn’t work like that, and if your country is allied with the US, this probably applies to companies in your country too.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. bradk825

    Please tell me very specifically what impact PRISM might have on my life as a private Canadian citizen. No vague “scary thoughts” or “grave implications,” tell me something specific that can happen to me. Give it a try.

    While you’re at it you can maybe explain what might me a target in the first place. What causes a person with no connections to terrorism, crime, government or Justin Bieber to get the NSA interested in them?

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Ireland Michael

    The problem with this whole PRISM thing is not so much that the program exists, but the sweeping freedom that the government has to use it. There are some very vague rules defining the circumstances under which the NSA can access people’s logs, and frankly put, I don’t trust the fuckers in control of the system.

    It has nothing to do with conspiracies.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. stretch215

    Of course this is no conspiracy. The patriot act has been around for awhile, so it’s not exactly “breaking news” either. I can’t believe people (especially americans) are surprised at this.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Phoenixblight

    @40

    You and me both. What were people expecting that Bush enacted the Patriot Act and the government wasn’t going to use it? Riiiiiight.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. SplatteredHouse

    http://hemlismessenger.wordpress.com/ Pirate Bay co-founder successfully crowdfunded in the last few days an iOS/Android secure messaging app, in a day and a half.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. koopa

    NSA= secret police. People: plz take my freedom, but keep us safe….Then Boston happen, wtf

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Cobra951

    @38: OK, here goes. If you communicate with someone in the US, because of business or friendship, who has communicated directly or indirectly with someone in Afghanistan, who in turn may have a rogue terrorist relative he’s called once, you could end up exposed to Big Brother. That’s my college try anyway.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. stretch215

    I guess at the end of the day the question is: “If all this *snooping* can prevent an attack, or even save one life, is it worth it?” This is the subject up for debate in more rational environments, not “MS/Sony sucks”. This is SO mich bigger than that.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. DSB

    The thing that makes Microsoft look bad isn’t that they complied with the NSA, because they really have no say in that.

    The problem is that they went above and beyond in helping the NSA, while people rely on them and other companies to protect their privacy.

    Arguably other companies look a lot better for having to be forced to give up that data.

    But it’s a lose/lose either way. PRISM is just the tip of the iceberg. Everything else is being intercepted too, PRISM was just a way to get a few big companies to make it easier for ‘em. Streamlining what was already going on.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Ireland Michael

    It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. jaysea

    The real issue here isn’t Microsoft– it’s the NSA and this administration. Not the first time we’ve heard of widespread data seizure.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. sh4dow

    @48

    “This administration”?
    As you yourself said – “not the first time”. And that includes many administrations before this one. It’s not like spying on citizens, data misuse and whatnot would be some new, innovative thing. A significant amount of people fighting that – now THERE would be something new.

    @ 28

    Yeah but there are plenty of articles to go around where that would be more appropriate to complain about than this one here ;)
    Besides… I’m not up to date because XB1 is out of the question for me but if they didn’t drop that shit by now they’re not going to be bothered by on-going complaining. People have voiced their opinion plenty of times, so now it’s time to act in accordance with those views and not buy.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. codesnake

    Well , No surprise at all!
    US gov have been doing this shit over decades ! Privacy means a nightmare in us . they track your movement by gps and cctv face and body identification , they archive your mails and have access to all your voice calls .They see you through your web cam and video call when ever they want .They want to know & control every thing about every body. & then they label this spying as ANTI TERRORISM ACTIVITIES !?!?!?! But US gov even is no match for countries like IRAN since they hacked & hijacked comodo secure certification & taken the control of US most advanced UAV in a second ! Don’t even think about Russia or China . Anti terrorism is a joke ! they even couldn’t stop a baby to kill his parents or friends in school . who did the sep 11th ! some stupid afqan terrorist ? which are now supported by US in syria ? who believes ben laden did sep 11th ! which country had started wars in iraq & afqanistan & syria and supports israel against palestain ?! Who did wipe hiroshima & nakazaki in just a second by atomic bombs ? who is the real terrorist ?
    US gov wants an eye over every one cause when people realise what did US gov have done to them , they wont remain silence , as they showed in wall st movement . Then US will want to have the hammer of silence to brute every one every where . to remain in power for ever!

    #50 2 years ago
  51. backup

    99.99 % of PC gamers are pirates ==== fact

    #51 2 years ago

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    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! pic.twitter.com/OCQIuWbH3W — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on MLG.tv […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]