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It's now a crime to play Playerunknown's Battlegrounds in Nepal

According to reports from multiple Nepalese news sites, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds has been banned in Nepal. Permission was granted by Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday, the very same day that the Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation asking for a ban, on the grounds that the game was “having a negative effect on the behaviour and study of children and youths”. Justice, as they say, is swift. (more…)

PUBG has been banned in Nepal

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is banned in Nepal effective today, according to a report in the Kathmandu Post. The move comes after the Nepal Metropolitan Crime Division filed a Public Interest Litigation with the Kathmandu District Court on Wednesday. A day later, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority has called for all ISPs and mobile service providers to block the game."We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on children,”…

Rocket League will get a new Rocket Pass with challenges next week

Rocket League's next Rocket Pass launches on April 17, and like the past two it allows players to unlock cosmetics and loot box keys by earning Rocket Pass tiers.These passes are a problem for me. The premium upgrade costs 10 Keys, or $10, and in theory that should cap my spending for a few months. Oh, but late on a Saturday night, while waiting for a teammate to get back from a fridge run, of course I'm going to buy a few more keys to peek inside all the crates cluttering my inventory. I can't…

Rocket Pass 3 and Weekly Challenges Revealed

With Rocket Pass 3 just around the corner, we wanted to let you know what to expect on April 17. Along with an entirely new line of Free and Premium items unique to this Rocket Pass, Weekly Challenges are also being added to the mix. These Challenges will allow players to Tier Up even faster. Before you eagerly take the field on day one, here is everything you need to know about Rocket Pass 3 and Weekly Challenges.

Are You Up To The Challenge?

Weekly Challenges will go live on the first day of…

Mark Your Calendars: PEL Kick-Off Cup Is Coming April 30

The week-long competition will award $125,000 in prizes to the best teams in Europe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ66tH2LREw The next stop on the PUBG esports calendar is just around the corner. The PEL Kick-Off Cup will take place from April 30 - May 5 and will be the first clash between the European region’s two main divisions: PEL and PEL Contenders. A total of 32 PUBG Europe teamswill participate in the PEL Kick-Off Cup with $125,000 on the line.
All 16 PEL teams from Phase 1 Kick-Off will…

Steam Charts: RPS's Greatest Secrets Revealed Edition

As this is my penultimate edition of Steam Charts, before I return to nuzzle into the warm infinite belly of Horace for all of time, I thought it might be fun to take a bit of a look behind the scenes of Steam Charts, to see how this weekly column comes together.So, hey, join me as we step behind the curtain, and learn a little bit about the magic of Rock Paper Shotgun. (more…)

Splitgate is trying to bring back the arena shooter by mixing Halo, Portal, and Rocket League

In the movie Summer Wars, there’s a scene where the main character, a young man whose only major accomplishment is placing first runner-up in the Math Olympics, is attempting to hack his way into the system of a plummeting satellite that threatens to annihilate the girl of his dreams and her whole family. After repeatedly failing to work out the password fast enough on paper, he makes one last-ditch effort to calculate it all in his mind, causing his brain to overheat and bloodshot eyes to twitch…

Esports Shop Update and Rocket Pass 3 Coming This Month

Our next update — the Esports Shop Update — is just over the horizon, with a bunch of new content we're excited to bring to Rocket League coming right along with it! Expected to go live on April 16 (pending first-party certification), this new update will not only include its namesake, the Esports Shop, but also Rocket Pass 3, kicking off one day after that on April 17.

Introducing the Esports Shop

You'll now be able to show off your team pride for your favorite esport squads competing in Rocket…

Support PUBG’s Top Pros at the FACEIT Global Summit with In-Game Items

The world’s best PUBG teams threw smoke and fragged out for weeks to earn their tickets to London, setting up the FACEIT Global Summit to be the most competitive tournament yet in PUBG Esports. With the field of 24 teams coming into focus, serious PUBG esports fans can show their appreciation for their favorite players and teams by picking up some of the exclusive FACEIT Global Summit items now available in PUBG.
The FACEIT Global Summit is the first PUBG Classic of the 2019 season and that means…

New in SMITE - Darkness Falls Update

New Assault Map

Ragnarok has come and gone, transforming Asgard in the process. The Assault map has entirely new art set and some mechanical changes as well. The main goal for the Assault gameplay changes is to encourage more fighting. Some new areas and objectives have been added to the map to prevent stalemates and ensure the battle keeps raging. Match Lobby
    [*] Decreased Cost to Reroll your god from 50 gems to 25 gems [*] Decreased Cost to Reroll your god from 250 favor to 125 favor
Titans…

Pre-owned game sales are in freefall in the UK

Pre-owned video game sales are in freefall in the UK, according to a new report.Ukie - the trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry - released new data today revealing pre-owned software sales were down 30.8 per cent year-on-year in the UK, from a value of 98.2m in 2017 to 67.9m in 2018.The significant drop in pre-owned game sales comes amid an uptick for the UK games market overall. Software revenues exceeded 4bn for the first time, up just over 10 per cent, and…

Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene says he doesn't want to make PUBG 2

Brendan Green, the "PlayerUnknown" of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, recently announced that after five years of working on PUBG, he's moving on to something else. He's remaining at PUBG Corp, however, at the head of a new division called PUBG Special Projects, which he said "will explore new possibilities of interaction and connection within the game space." Multiplayer is clearly the focus, based on that statement, but Greene recently told GamesIndustry that one thing he's not interested in doing…

Steam Charts: Entropy Edition

As time inexorably ticks away, its guttural screaming horror counting down the seconds until our infinite deaths, it’s important we remember what really matters: that the game you like best isn’t as good as the game I like best. The game you like best, the game you like reading about the most, is indicative of how foolish you are, how you’re wasting your precious moments on this planet. Whereas I, liking my game, am making the most of it. (more…)

Survivor Title System Season 2 - Reward Distribution and Consequences for RoC Violators

Hi everyone,
We sincerely thank all the players who participated in the ‘Survival Title System Season 2’ which ended on March 20. Congratulations to all the players who were able to achieve a rank of Novice V (1000 SP) or higher, you will receive your season reward(s) upon login.
‘Survival Title System Season 3’ is now live with new end of season rewards and additional rewards granted upon each new title achieved. Check out the new rewards in-game under the ‘Season’ tab and read about the…

Dev Letter: Rustle/Rattle Sounds Improvement

Hey everyone,
Among the updates to gameplay balance we released in the latest patch (Patch 27), we made an improvement to the sounds generated by a character's movement, which is a critical sound for gameplay. To provide detailed information on the Rustle/Rattle changes, we would like to explain the changes thoroughly and give some before and after examples.

Previous Character Movement Sounds

In order to continually improve realistic elements in PUBG, our DEV teams recently turned their focus to…

Community Spotlight: Get to Pro-Level with Practice

The pros of Rocket League are almost ready to hit the field for Season 7 of the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS)! That means that League Play begins on April 6, but the best of the best just didn't get there overnight. If you want to learn to play like the pros, you're going to have to put in the time on the practice field.
Since this is the first training pack roundup of 2019, this edition of Community Spotlight focuses on improving play no matter your rank. Some players may be working on…

Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card is now available!

Today we’re excited to announce the launch of our third Survivor Pass, Wild Card!

Survivor Pass: Wild Card offers a mixture of great new cosmetic items with a spy film theme, allowing players to drop into their favorite map dressed to kill!
Wild Card works in much the same way as our previous Survivor Passes, with the main pass allowing everyone to earn rewards for free. Players who want access to more rewards, including several great new cosmetic pieces, can purchase the Premium Survivor Pass…

Update #27 - Now Live

PUBG's latest content release, Update #27, is now available on live servers and we're excited to announce with it the launch of our third Survivor Pass, Wild Card! Read all about it here.
Check out the patch report below for a rundown of what to expect in this update! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTA2zRGLthw To see all the changes included in this update in detail, head over to our patch notes.
This update brings the brand new Survivor Pass 3: Wild Card! With up to 60 rewards available. In celebration…

Dev Letter: Patch 27 Gameplay Balance

Hello everyone, We recently released Update #27 on the Test Server, which included lots of changes, including the new MP5K SMG, Survivor Pass 3, and changes to the Survival Title System for season 3. In addition to these, we made quite a few changes to gameplay balance and wanted to go a little more in depth on our thought process behind those in this Dev Letter.
Update #27 is the first major balance patch of 2019. We introduce balance patches such as these to keep the game evolving and prevent…

Changes to Bonus/Gift Code Policy

Hello everyone,
PUBG has been generating various codes for cosmetics items since March of 2017 and over 5 million item codes have been distributed globally through events and promotions.
Distributed codes have historically had no expiration date, which has lead to cases of codes not being used for their intended purpose, or otherwise being exploited/abused. Therefore, in the coming weeks, we will be deactivating certain existing item codes to prevent further abuse and facilitate a healthy item economy. 

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