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Something that’s been popping up in the news recently is various leaks about a very sexist and highly sexual workplace culture at Riot Games, the studio that makes League of Legends. This has now culminated in a Riot Games executive suspension, specifically at Scott Gelb, Riot’s COO, for workplace misconduct. This sort of stuff has apparently been happening at Riot Games for a long time, with many women who work at the studio having leveling accusations at the studio of sexism, sexual harassment, and discrimination against them in what is apparently a company culture of a “Boy’s club.” A lot of this information has come from Twitter posts from former female Riot employees, and back in November a lawsuit was filed due to the toxic culture. However, the Riot Games executive suspension is the first time that we see the company actually visibly doing something about it. Scott Gelb is being suspended due to playing a part in most of the stories about sexual … [Read more...] about Riot Games Executive Suspension Comes After Accusations Of Workplace Misconduct
Many video game developers in the United Kingdom have decided to form a union to counteract exploitative practices that are used by many studios, including crunch time, zero hour contracts for QA testers, and and a culture of homophobia and sexism. The new UK game developers union currently has 47,000 members. The union is officially called the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, and is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, which has a number of different big game development studios located in it including Rockstar Lincoln, a Rockstar Games branch. The huge number of members it has is also apparently indicative of how much of a problem this is in the UK as well. All across the world in a large number of game development studios, things like crunchtime and other exploitative practices are used. Crunch refers to devs working extremely long hours, not being allowed to go on breaks, eat, or sleep until they get done with the work in the days and weeks leading up to a … [Read more...] about New UK Game Developers Union Formed To Counteract Exploitative Practices
Less than a week after it first arrived, Fortnite's controversial new weapon, the Infinity Blade, has been removed. Developer Epic Games announced that it is vaulting the sword across all modes due to its notable impact on the game's balance and the lack of any reliable counters to it."We messed up and rolled out the Infinity Blade overpowered / without good counters, especially in the end game," Epic wrote. "The Infinity Blade has been Vaulted and we are re-evaluating our approach to Mythic items. Thanks for calling us out on this!"The Infinity Blade arrived in Fortnite earlier this week as part of the game's 7.01 update. Unlike other weapons you can pick up in the game, only one sword spawns per match, and it appears in the same location each time: in a pedestal atop Polar Peak, which makes the start of every round a mad dash to get the sword.Much like the Infinity Gauntlet from the short-lived Thanos LTM, the Infinity Blade grants its wielder incredible powers, including increased … [Read more...] about Fortnite’s Infinity Blade Sword Has Already Been Removed
Canada is bringing good government, courteous and neighbourly behaviour, and ice hockey to Civilization 6 with Wilfrid Laurier, the nation’s seventh prime minister and one of its greatest statesmen, as a playable leader. Laurier and eight other historical figures are on the way in Civ 6’s Gathering Storm expansion coming soon. He has the “Last Best West” leader ability, which means farms may be built on tundra and civil engineering may be built on hilly tundra. Laurier also gets a discount on buying snow and tundra tiles, and double the extraction from any consumable resource on those tiles. Yes, yes, that’s all well and good, but we need something really Canadian to distinguish this, right? That’s where the country’s unique improvement comes in: the ice hockey rink. It provides culture, amenities and appeal, and more of all three based on adjacent tiles. This works well when the player unlocks Flight in Technologies (gaining Tourism) and … [Read more...] about Civilization 6 expansion adds Canada and all things Canadian