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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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  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

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  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

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  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

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  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

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  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

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  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]

  • Star Wars Disney Infinity re-release on the cards – rumour

    Star Wars is a no-brainer for Disney Infinity, and at long last it looks like it’s happening. A Star Wars re-release called Disney Infinity 3.0 has reportedly leaked from German retailers. We have to lable this one a rumour as we haven’t seen the original source, but the story was originally reported by DisKingdom, which […]

  • Award-winning mobile indie Monument Valley out now on Windows Phone

    Windows Phone’s game selection can be a bit restrictive, but has expanded delightfully today: Monument Valley is now available. Monument Valley is one of those gorgeous, mind-bending puzzlers the indie scene produces on the regular, winning awards and consuming everyone’s lives for weeks on end. Developed by Ustwo Games, with beautiful, understated art from Ken […]

  • Old-school EverQuest servers safe from legal troubles thanks to Daybreak agreement

    EverQuest rights holder Daybreak Game Company given its blessing to the wonderful Project 1999. EverQuest: Project 1999 is one of those lovely ideas that it are all too often crushed by the realities of the games industry. An entirely fan-managed affair, it provides an emulated version of the classic EverQuest experience, which is no longer […]

  • Free Dragon Age short stories fill us in on Corypheus’s followers

    Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare invites you to learn more about the lore and characters that make up its beautiful role-playing setting. Dragon Age is set in Thedas, a world still only partially revealed by the three core games to date. BioWare puts a heck of a lot of work into its worldbuilding, employing a […]

  • Remember that gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo? It now utilizes DirectX 12

    Remember the gorgeous Luminous Engine tech demo Square Enix showed off three years ago? The firm showed it again at Microsoft’s Build Conference, this time utilizing DirectX 12. The Witch Chapter 0 [cry] real-time tech demo was created from research Square conducted using real-time CG technology and DX12 in collaboration with Microsoft and Nvidia. The […]

  • Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones sneaks onto GOG and Steam services

    Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones can now be purchased through GOG and Steam. On both services it will run you £12.99/€14.99/$14.99. Links here and here. The game features: Fully explorable ‘Metroidvania’ style overworld, laying siege to a diabolical cloning facility with varied and detailed environments. A variety of special equipment to unlock new […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Ascendance has arrived on PC, PlayStation consoles

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players on PC and PlayStation consoles can now download the Ascendance DLC. The second content pack contains the OHM weapon, the OHM Werewolf custom variant, and the second entry in the Exo Zombies saga, Infection. Four new maps are also included: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop. Ascendance was […]

  • Latest Xbox 360 system update is live, now supports 2TB hard drives

    Xbox 360 now supports 2TB hard drives via the latest system update for the console. Support for the drives was announced earlier this month and has been available for preview members. “In addition we will also no longer reserve space in advance on your hard drive,” said the firm. “If you are using 16GB of […]

  • Kickstarter for Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee launches tomorrow

    Playtonic Games has announced the Kickstarter campaign for its spiritual successor to the Banjo Kazooie series, Yooka-Laylee, will launch tomorrow. The title of the game was announced today along with the Kickstarter date. Formerly known as Project Ukulele, the 3D platformer is said to be “between the size of Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie,” and stars Yooka […]

  • Console version of Mistwalker’s Terra Battle is in development

    Now that Mistwalker’s Terra Battle has surpassed 2 million downloads on mobile, the developer is now working on a console version of the tactical RPG. As part of the original Download Starter campaign, the 2 million milestone means the company will begin development on Terra Battle’s console version with details to be announced at a […]

  • Prison break game The Escapists is heading to PlayStation 4 from May 29

    The Escapists, Mouldy Toof’s prison break game originally released as a timed console exclusive Xbox One, has a release date for PlayStation 4. For those unfamiliar with the title, which is also a PC release, it tasks players’ time management skills as they do a bit of digging and crafting, and other prison-type stuff as […]

  • Dead Island 2 delayed into 2016 to ensure series is “taken to the next level”

    Dead Island 2 has been delayed into 2016 by Yager in order to ensure the sequel “takes Dead Island to the next level.” According to a tweet from the developer, it set “big goal” for the game, and in order to deliver what fans expect, the team needs more time to reach development goals. “We […]

  • Project Cars: here’s a list of all available cars at launch

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  • Competitive matchmaking support is coming to Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2 will soon feature support for competitive matchmaking, which Valve says is a “high priority” project for it at the moment. According to a report from TeamFortress.tv, which visited Valve headquarters recently, Valve is looking into the possibility of 6v6 or 9v9 matches 9v9, a possible quick play option and it is also […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch fixes garage, Job crashes – full notes here

    Rockstar has pushed out a 353 MB patch for GTA 5 on PC The patch fixes a number of annoying bugs related to vehicles and garages, some deathmatch issues and purchase errors. It should also fix various freezing and crashing bugs, as well as a little issue with Steam. Time will tell if the patch […]

  • Fire Emblem If will come in White Kingdom and Black Kingdom versions with amiibo support

    We’ve finally got some juicy details on the next Fire Emblem game, but the most interesting aspect is that there will be two versions of the game. According to Siliconera, who translated an interview between Intelligent Systems and 4Gamer, there will a White Kingdom and a Black Kingdom version that offer different aspects of the […]

  • Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess heads west with “Golden Toilet” pre-order bonus

    Deception 4: The Nightmare Princess will debut on western PlayStation 4 systems this summer, Koei Tecmo has announced. It is also coming to PS3 and Vita. The game was produced by Keisuke Kikuchi of Fatal Frame fame and takes up where Deception 4: Blood Ties left off allowing players to relive Laegrinna’s pursuit to free […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario demo, Paper Mario, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo of Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition, Paper Mario on Virtual Console, and amiibo Tap. The full update is below. eShop update amiibo Tap – free – Wii U Star Wars Pinball DLC – Wii U Paper Mario – Wii U […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided PC port handed off to Nixxes

    The PC port of the new Deus Ex has been handed over to Netherlands based studio, Nixxes software. After the initial reveal trailer at the beginning of April, we’ve only had a few morsels in the way of additional news. The most intriguing tidbit to date has got to be the fact that you’ll be […]

  • First-ever PC Gaming Show to take place at E3 2015 in June

    PC gaming will finally have its very own E3 press conference this year, thanks to PC Gamer and AMD. The PC Gaming Show will take place on June 16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles and it will be livestreamed on Twitch. PC Gamer said speakers at the presentation will include representatives from Blizzard, […]

  • Majora’s Mask light available now on Club Nintendo for 6000 stars

    Club Nintendo shuts up shop on September 30 and members are being encouraged to spend accumulated stars before then. And what better to spend them on, than this adorable Majora’s Mask light? If you’re a member based in Europe you can nab it for 6000 stars. If you’re in Australia or New Zealand, it’ll only […]

  • Unity support announced for HoloLens, will work with Windows universal apps

    Microsoft is partnering with game engine developers Unity in order to make HoloLens compatible with apps and games which use the cross-platform engine. The partnership was announced yesterday during its Build Developer Conference. Universal apps for Windows 10 systems will also be available on Xbox One later this year, suggesting possible HoloLens functionality with the […]

  • Splatoon Nintendo Direct airs Thursday, May 7

    A Nintendo Direct focused on Splatoon, the Wii U multiplayer title, on May 7. It will kick off at 7am PDT/10am EDT/3pm UK and it can be watched via the Nintendo Direct website. You can also have a look at the game through Nintendo’s Twitch channel. The last game-specific presentation took place last week and […]

  • GTA 5 PC: clean up the streets as a member of the San Andreas PD with this new mod

    Remember the awesome mods for GTA 4 and San Andreas that let you run amok online as a member of the po-po? Well, dust off your taser and load up your gun, because it’s coming to GTA 5. The new mod for GTA 5 is currently in alpha and can be downloaded at palmbeachgames.com. You […]

  • Indie shoot ‘em up Project Root comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PSVita

    Project Root is a self-proclaimed rejig of the shoot ‘em up genre that was released on PC last year, and it’s finally coming to consoles. Combining free-roaming elements with the usual business of shooting things, Project Root was released this week for Xbox One, PS4 and the PSVita.

  • You can now bet on eSports online, starting with League of Legends

    If you’re getting bored with sticking a pony on the races, you can expand your gambling horizons at Unikrn where you can watch esports streams and get a little action on the side. The new platform was set up by Rahul Sood – previously the general manager of Microsoft Ventures. At the moment, customers are […]

  • Has Watch Dogs 2 been leaked?

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  • GTA 5′s Trevor makes his Jackass debut, complete with leopard-print knickers

    YouTuber Abstract Mode has shared his vision of what Trevor Philips’ life might have been like, had he not been completely batshit crazy. Watch Trevor get mauled, run over, and hit by a train, before taking a majestic swan-dive into someone else’s pool at the climax. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass will cost you £35

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  • GTA Online’s cheating assholes are no match for this player’s vengeance

    Think you’re smart for using invisibility and infinite ammo glitches? You need to be taught a lesson, sucker. You can have all the hacks you want but if your GTA Online game is weak, you’ll still get your ass handed to you. As this fool discovered when attempting to hassle another player. There’s a fair […]

  • PS4 sales help Sony’s games division swing to profit

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  • New patch for Dirt Rally gives co-driver’s attitude a tune-up

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  • New The Witcher 3 screenshots show combat, exploration and general carousing

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  • Destiny: 14 things you might have missed during House of Wolves intel drops

    Destiny: House of Wolves does a great deal more than just slap some new content on the existing game structure. House of Wolves changes Destiny in a lot of interesting and very welcome ways. Bungie showed off many of these changes in its livestream, and let both me and Arekkz come and have a look […]

  • Scratch that cyberpunk itch with Technobabylon on May 21 – new trailer

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  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore brings exclusive new features to PS4, Vita in northern summer

    Skullgirls, the little indie fighter that could, is getting another crack at it. Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the second re-release of the one-time troubled 2D versus fighter from lab Zero Games. Having survived the shut down of its developer and collapse of its publishing contrast, Skullgirls re-emerged as Skullgirls: Encore, adding in a ton of […]

  • Danganronpa series generates “impressive” sales for Vita exclusive

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  • I have no idea what is going on in J-Stars Victory VS+ but I kind of like it

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  • Please just watch this terrific trailer for Toren

    Toren is the kind of game I dream about when I drift off to sleep at night. This indie puzzle adventure strikes a spark in my little soul in the same way as Ico and Tequila Works’ Rime do. Mysterious, almost ethereal fantasy setting – check. Chance to actually walk around in that setting – […]

  • Play classic MS-DOS games on your own tweets

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  • VR: Unreal Engine to add HTC Vive support

    The biggest digital PC game distributor and the most popular game development engine have both backed VR. It’s going to happen. An upcoming Unreal Engine 4 update will expand the development suite’s support to the HTC Vive, Valve’s VR headset. In this glorious new future where work on one of the most important engines in […]

  • WWE 2K15 PC supports modding

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  • Overkill’s The Walking Dead coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 pre-orders net Advanced Warfare DLC

    Buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for later, enjoy bonus Advanced Warfare content now. Blacks Ops 3 is being supported by a rather cunning pre-order incentive even more likely to get you to lay your cash down sooner than you might otherwise. Gamespot reports a Black Ops 3 pre-order will receive a couple of […]

  • Steam Game Ban system lets developers determine who to block

    Steam users can now be blocked from individual games by their developers. Steam has always supported multiplayer bans for disruptive users, but a newly-implemented system allows developers to ban users from individual games using their own anti-cheat systems. Game Bans are enforced by Valve, but are enacted at the developer’s request and discretion. This change […]

  • Far Cry 4 devs matching Red Cross donations up to $100K to aid Nepal earthquake victims

    Far Cry 4 developer Ubisoft Montreal will match any pledges made to The Red Cross up to $100,000 to aid Nepal after the 7.8 earthquake struck the area in and around Kathmandu in Nepal. According to Ubisoft: “Having spent the last few years working on Far Cry 4, a game heavily inspired by Nepal and […]

  • Tales of Zestiria retail listing notes September release date, PS4 version

    Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, and while it’s confirmed as a PlayStation 3 release, a Dutch retailer has it listed as coming to PS4 as well. Of course, listing it for PS4 could also be a typo, not that I would personally know about that sort of thing, really. However, according […]