EVE Online's developer CCP Games caused quite a stir a few weeks ago when it permanently banned Brian Schoeneman, a real-life lobbyist who leveraged his real-world political experience to get elected into EVE's own council of in-game politicians. At the time, CCP accused Schoeneman, known in-game as Brisc Rubal, and two others of using confidential information protected under a non-disclosure agreement to gain a financial edge in-game—EVE Online's own version of insider trading. But today, after conducting a full investigation, CCP Games has announced they got it all wrong and the affected parties have been unbanned."We have completed our review of the Brisc Rubal investigation and determined that our initial findings were incorrect," reads CCP Games' apology. "Neither Brisc Rubal nor the other players implicated in this incident breached CCP’s confidentiality, the terms of the Non-Disclosure Agreement, or used privileged information to obtain an in-game … [Read more...] about The real-life lobbyist who was banned from EVE Online for corruption proven innocent
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Most of the defunct MMO City of Heroes game code has been released online, leading to a test City of Heroes Private Server being launched.In a surprising move, the group SCORE (Secret Cabal of Reverse Engineers), which gained notoriety earlier this week after their secret City of Heroes server was revealed to the public, dumped the private server code on Discord last night. The release of the code comes after many fans on the official Reddit expressed the desire to preserve the game from developer NCSoft. “It was uploaded onto a Discord server someone started who we don’t know,” according to a source on Discord, as noted by the website MassivelyOp. “Like 300 people congregated there and now the files have spread like wildfire. It’s not the character files. It also doesn’t contain the mission files or NPCs, but it’s a big piece of the puzzle for reverse engineering the game that no one but Leo had before.” Leo refers to Leandro … [Read more...] about City of Heroes Private Server Launched After Code Released Online
Activision Blizzard pays its employees to use health-tracking software, reports the Washington Post. Since 2014, the studio known for Overwatch, Starcraft, and other classics has taken the time to compensate workers who use the Ovia pregnancy tracking app. Since this inclusion, the company has expanded to track mental health, diet, sleep, and more. Unsurprisingly, employees weren’t a fan of this tracking at first, according to Milt Ezzard, vice president of global benefits at Activision Blizzard. “Each time we introduced something, there was a bit of an outcry: ‘You’re prying into our lives,’” he says. “But we slowly increased the sensitivity of stuff, and eventually people understood it’s all voluntary, there’s no gun to your head, and we’re going to reward you if you choose to do it.” The “reward” Ezzard refers to is $1 gift cards every day, at least in the case of Ovia. This pregnancy … [Read more...] about Activision Blizzard rewards its employees for using health-tracking software
THE UK government is trying to crack down on social media giant Facebook after it was deemed ineffective in stopping harmful content and disinformation on the platform. But is Facebook regulated, and what is the company doing to protect personal data and tackle fake news? Is Facebook regulated? The social network is not currently regulated, but recently MPs have called for Facebook and other companies like Google to face a crackdown from a new watchdog. Powerful firms should help users spot fake news and "nudge people towards reading news of high quality", according to a new government report. It would mean Facebook and Google would have to "give more prominence to public interest news", to boost trust in the media and public engagement in politics. The Cairncross review, commissioned by Theresa May, is a wide-ranging report into the future of news in the UK. It says tech companies should be overseen by a news watchdog to create a "level playing field". This body could work … [Read more...] about Is Facebook regulated, how has it violated data privacy laws and how is it tackling fake news?
Lawmakers in Hawaii have put forth a pair of bills that, if enacted, would limit the sale of video games with "gambling mechanisms" to minors and require that loot box odds be disclosed. The bills were introduced into Hawaii's legislature recently by Democrat Chris Lee, who you may remember was the politician who called out Star Wars: Battlefront II for being "predatory."The first bill is HB2686. It states that video game publishers have recently begun to use "predatory mechanisms" in their games that are "designed to exploit human psychology to compel players to keep spending money in the same way casino games are designed." It goes on to say that things like loot boxes--which are popular and prevalent in games today--are similar to slot machines because they let users pay money for a chance at winning something."One common variety of this type of predatory mechanism, known as a loot box, can present the same psychology, addictive, and financial risks as gambling," reads a line from … [Read more...] about If This New Video Game Loot Box Bill Becomes Law, It Could Shake Up The Industry