EU Commission charges Valve + 5 publishers for geo-blocking, more

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How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for April 6th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report.

EU Commission accuses Valve + 5 publishers of geo-blocking

The European Union Commission has accused Valve and 5 video game publishers of geo-blocking, an act which puts them in violation of EU competition rules. Now, these are preliminary views, these companies will still have time to respond and work with the commission before a final verdict is made. Anyway, the publishers are Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Meida, and ZeniMax. They essentially prevented games from being sold in certain countries, and if those countries lay within the EU, then they are in violation of competition laws. Valve on the other hand has been accused of providing geo-blocked keys of separately published games. Valve has responded to this claiming innocence, saying that they just provide the keys, and they have no say in what the publisher does in terms of region locking. They also say that since they provide these keys free of charge, and do not receive a share of those sales from third-parties, that they shouldn’t be reprimanded for the events that unfolded. Anyway, if any of these companies are found guilty, they will have to pay 10% of their annual worldwide income. So quite the charge here, and I’ll let you know how it plays out.

BAFTA Game Awards 2019 winners

The BAFTA 2019 game awards have concluded, which is another ceremony that has good credibility. God of War swept the competition, winning 5 of the 17 awards, including Best Game. The Game Design and Artistic Achievement awards went to Return of the Obra Dinn, and Debut Game went to Yoku’s Island Express. Of course check out the link if you want to see the full list, but I’m sure you wouldn’t be too surprised with the rest.

VR coming to Mario Odyssey and Zelda: BOTW

Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild will be getting virtual reality support via the Nintendo Labo VR Kit. They showed a little gameplay demo, and it’ll be arriving on April 25th. Quite the news, if any of you play it please let me know how it goes, I’d be very interested.

Risk of Rain 2 hits 650k players

Risk of Rain 2, which entered Early Access on March 27th, has welcomed around 650,000 players in only a week. About 150,000 of those are people who took advantage of the BOGO free deal. It’s a phenomenal start for the beloved indie game, and I look forward to the future that it will have. They plan to be in Early Access for about a year, where they will be adding content, platforms, localization, and all the other polish that goes with a full release.

 

That’s the news. I would like to thank Joseph for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, thank you very much my friend. You know where to find me, @gaming_observer, info@thegamingobserver.com. This update was produced in part by Brandon, who funds the show through Patreon. Thank you very much, have a exquisite day, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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