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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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    Dungeons 2, the dungeon-crawling strategy sequel to Realmforge Studios’ Dungeons, has been released on Steam by publisher Kalypso. It can be yours for $39.99 on Steam and is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and SteamOS. The first game was released in 2011 and heavily influenced by Dungeon Keeper. A boxed version will arrive in North […]

  • This Mortal Kombat X “hidden character intros” video is rather humorous

    YouTuber Maximilian Dood mad has created a Mortal Kombat X video featuring “hidden” character intros centering around Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Some of the dialogue is rather funny, and we particularly liked the affectionate line uttered by Sub-Zero at one point. Just something fun for your Saturday. Enjoy.

  • Art of the Catch creator sheds more light on why he pulled the Skyrim mod off Steam

    The creator of Skyrim mod Art of the Catch has taken to Reddit to explain why he pulled the paid mod off Steam Workshop. Yesterday, it was revealed Chesko had pulled the fishing mod off Steam Workshop, after mod creator Fore stated he didn’t endorse Chesko charging for the mod because it used his his […]

  • Tripwire adds clause to Killing Floor 2 EULA banning paid mods

    Tripwire Interactive has updated its EULA for Killing Floor 2 stating that any mods players create for the game must be distributed free-of-charge. The end user agreement update, via PCgamesN, went live a couple of days after Valve announced it would allow mod creators to start charging for their creations. Bethesda is the first company […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 recreated in LittleBigPlanet 3 is rather eerie

    LittleBigPlanet 3 players have created some really interesting content with the game’s level builder, but sometimes, the creations go beyond cute and bright and venture into the realm of creepy, as is the case with this Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 build. Created by TheLittleBigPlanetShow, the rather ominous level can be played with up to […]

  • Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward benchmark trailer shows off flying mounts, more

    Square Enix has released a rather nice benchmark video for Final Fantasy 14: Heavensward showing a battle, flying mounts and some of the new environments. Heavensward is the first expansion for Final Fantasy 14 and is slated for release on June 23 for PC, PlayStation 3 and PS4. The mac version is being handled by […]

  • Have a look at some Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay

    During yesterday’s Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct showcase, many details pertaining to the Monolith Soft title were announced, and quite a bit of gameplay was shown. The Wii U-exclusive contains real-time menu-based combat and four-player online questing along with diverse environments and the ability to use Skells, which are transforming mechs. These mechs are called […]

  • Here’s a look at The Elder Scrolls Online running on Xbox One

    The Elder Scrolls Online has a limited public beta test running this weekend on PS4 and Xbox One, and Eurogamer has been playing around in it. Have a look at the Khajiit sorcerer below in the Xbox One version. There isn’t an NDA in place for the beta, so expect to see more videos as […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 leaks reveal Zombie progression system, four-player co-op, more

    More Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 details surfaced overnight thanks to a leaked pamphlet with information pertaining to Zombies XP progression, four-player co-op and more. Posted on NeoGAF, the pamphlet the shooter will contain a new movement system, a Specialist character system for multiplayer, tailored maps, “cinematic arena-style play,” and complete character customization. The […]

  • Gears of War Remaster in the works for Xbox One, according to testers – report

    Overnight, a rumor surfaced claiming a remastered version of the original Gears of War was coming to Xbox One. According to playtesters, it isn’t a rumor at all. Polygon first broke the story, citing a source who showed the site sreencaps of the Locust invasion with updated visuals. Screenshots of the multiplayer showing improved lighting […]

  • GameStop promo outs Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for November, pre-order for access to beta

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be released in November, according to what appears to be a leaked GameStop store promo posted on Kotaku. The exact date is November 6, which isn’t a surprise to anyone. On the promo, it notes that those who pre-order will be granted beta access for PC, PlayStation 4 […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Double XP and Elite Bonus weekend has kicked off

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can earn Double XP along with Elite Bonus on all platforms. There is even Double XP and Double Weapon XP on offer for Black Ops 2. The dry run is over. Prep for the Sunday reveal of #BlackOps3 begins now. 2XP/2XweapXP is live. pic.twitter.com/rn6SVtVJbY — Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) April […]

  • Atlus makes “minor edits” to Dungeon Travelers 2 in order to avoid AO rating

    Atlus has announced it has made “minor edits” to four in-game images contained in Dungeon Travelers 2 to avoid an AO rating by the ESRB. According to a press release from the company, localization sometimes require changes to content in order for it to be “understood en masse,” which is why it worked closely with […]

  • Battlefield Hardline is 40% off through Origin this weekend

    The standard edition of Battlefield Hardline on PC is 40% off this weekend through EA’s Origin service. The Digital Deluxe Edition is also 40% off and includes various Battlepacks unavailable in the standard version. You can also pick up the Battlefield Hardline Ultimate edition for 23% off, which comes with all four planned expansions through […]

  • Submerged is an exploration-adventure game coming to multiple platforms

    Submerged is the latest title in development from Uppercut Games, and the exploration-adventure game is coming to PlayStation 4 and other platforms this year. The game takes place in a flooded city which Miku and her wounded brother Taku have reached by boat. Miku needs to find a safe place for her brother to rest […]

  • These screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt show superb attention to detail

    Some gorgeous new screenshots for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced, and a couple are wallpaper worthy. Especially the one with the horse, but as you’re well aware, I’m horse crazed. The images below in the gallery have been scaled to fit properly, but if you head over to NeoGAF you can bask in […]

  • Namco kicks off Humble Store partnership with Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin

    Namco Bandai has started offering its PC titles on Humble Store, and this includes the recently released Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Other titles include Dragon Ball Xenoverse, and Project Cars. “In Japan, the Bandai Namco Group companies are known for supporting different charity programs and we are very happy to be […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 Bonus codes to give away

    Already have a World of Tanks account? We’ve got 2,000 codes for players to top up their Gold and Premium days. This weekend sees the World of Tanks Grand Finals take place in Poland, and we’ve got a bunch of game codes to give away to celebrate. Each Bonus PC code offers 150 Gold and […]

  • Mad Max contains Top Dog camps with boss fights

    Mad Max will have bases which vary in difficulty, some of which are considered a “finale” for a particular region and feature a boss fight. Speaking in the latest issue of GamesMaster via GamesRadar, the game’s producer John Fuller said this allows players to tailor their experience by deciding how much of a challenge they […]

  • Just Cause 3 gameplay trailer reveal coming next week

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, because you won’t want to miss the gameplay reveal of Just Cause 3. Avalanche tweeted the date along with a teaser, as seen below. The box art has also made an appearance. Keep an eye on the game’s YouTube page, and we’ll be sure to post the video […]

  • First paid Skyrim Steam Workshop mod has been pulled

    Valve’s new incentive which allows modders to charge for their creations hasn’t been live for 24 hours yet, and already, one mod has been pulled. The mod in question was Chesko’s Fishing Mod for Skyrim, which the creator pulled after a community member questioned whether Chesko had permission from the creator of the character-idle animations […]

  • Resident Evil HD Remaster has sold over one million copies worldwide

    The HD remaster of Resident Evil has sold over one million copies worldwide since its January 20 release, Capcom has announced. The company attributed the sales milestone to producing a “great product” along with excellent word of mouth and praise from fans. In February, Capcom said Resident Evil HD Remaster was its fastest-selling digital title […]

  • The Crew: the Raid Car Pack and Raid Live Update now available for download

    The Crew players can now download the Raid Car Pack which is the last of four themes car packs. The Raid Live Update is also available, and it contains six new tuning specs. The car pack contains three new cars: the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the off-road 2011 Volkswagen Touareg NF and the McLaren F1 supercar. […]

  • Geralt is very professional in the latest Witcher 3: Wild Hunt TV spot

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new TV spot that’s short and to the point. The latest Witcher 3 trailer comes in the form of TV spot. It’s all CGI, and it looks good. If you’re more into gameplay trailers, the latest one will serve you well. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out […]

  • Steam roguelike sale is live, offers deep discounts on a stellar collection of titles

    If you’re into challenging, procedurally-generated, and infinitely-replayable games, Steam’s current sale will hook you up. Steam is hosting a sale on roguelike games. Plenty of titles in the genre are on sale for upwards of 75% off. Highlights include Risk of Rain at 75% off, Don’t Starve at 66% off, Spelunky at 75% off, FTL: […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 finally gets online co-op in Raid Mode on Xbox One

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been patched to support online play in Raid Mode on Xbox One. The Xbox One version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 lacked online support in Raid Mode for a long time. Until today. A new patch has been released to bring that version in line with the rest of them. […]

  • A section in Killing Floor 2′s EULA about cyberbullying is riling up some fans

    Killing Floor 2 has recently got into a bit of trouble with some fans due to a clause in its EULA that gives the developer the right to revoke a user’s license without prior notice. The Killing Floor 2 EULA – just like many others found in modern games, has a section dedicated to cheating […]

  • World of Tanks: 2,000 free tanks and in-game cash to giveaway

    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]