Epic’s lawsuit, Steam Workshop moderation, Chesses, more



How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, the weekend is over and it is Monday August 12th, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links, @gaming_observer on Twitter.

Epic facing class-action lawsuit for data breach

Last January, Epic Games had a security breach that exposed personal information for millions of user accounts. It was promptly fixed, but the damage was done. Well, now we know of a law firm based out of North Carolina that is suing them for that breach. The class-action lawsuit alleges Epic’s “failure to maintain adequate security measures and notify users of the security breach in a timely manner.” I guess part of this is that people still haven’t been told about the breach by Epic, so if they aren’t someone who browses internet forums, they’d have no idea that their account was compromised.

Fortnite mechs nerfed following pro-team complaints

Normally I don’t report on in-game Fortnite news but I thought this one was interesting. Basically, a while back they added mechs to the game that were extremely overpowered. People were getting killed by them with basically no warning, and the community revolted. Tons of pro players were petitioning against it, which eventually led to esports teams petitioning against it. Well, with everyone fighting them, they relented, ahead of next weekend’s Champion series. Now, instead of a 100% chance of two to four mechs spawning, there is a 21% chance of one to three mechs. So they still exist, but just less often. I thought it interesting that official teams were commenting on the balance of the game, I wouldn’t say that you typically see that kind of behaviour.

Valve adding moderation to select games’ workshops

Not only is Valve now manually approving changed release dates, but they’ve also added moderation to the Steam workshop. Now, this only applies to their games, CS:GO, Dota 2, and TF2, but it should help the community out nonetheless. These new rules are designed to prevent scammers from promising things like free skins, so if there’s already a modder who is trusted, they don’t have to worry about this approval process.

Check out Chesses – many variations of chess

Hey if you’re a fan of chess you should check out the browser game Chesses. It adds a ton of new game modes to what you’re used to. For example, if you play the Crowded mode, then the game starts with every space being occupied by a random piece. There is also M.A.D, which means every piece that is captured takes down the capturer with them. Apparently there is no online multiplayer, so you’ll either have to find a real life partner or play against yourself.

Steamworld Quest gets an update

To those of you who like card games, as well as games like Darkest Dungeon, you should check out Steamworld Quest: Hand of Gilgamesh. It’s got a lot going on, but people like it, and it just came out with a new update which adds a new game plus, a new difficulty setting, some bug fixes, and some card balances.

That’s the news for today. I’d like to give my sincerest thanks to Nadene, Chris, and Brian all for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. My name is Adrian Simple, I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, and until then… Happy Gaming everyone!

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