Overwatch is once again ringing in the new lunar calendar with an in-game event. This time it’s the Year of the Pig, and as usual we can expect a slew of new skins available from January 24 to February 8. Obviously, Roadhog needs to take center stage this time.
Epic Games admitted Wednesday that a flaw in the game’s log-in system could have allowed hackers to impersonate real players and purchase in-game currency using the credit cards on file. It’s unclear how many players may have been directly affected by the bug; Epic declined to comment on the scope of the vulnerability and said the matter has been addressed. But roughly 80 million people play Fortnite every month, and as many as 200 million users have registered accounts, the company has previously said.
Amazon, Microsoft and Google are in the midst of an intense battle to win business from companies moving their workloads to the cloud. Now, there’s brewing competition among them in a very different corner of the cloud market: gaming.
Microsoft has long been a gaming powerhouse, having introduced the Xbox console in 2000. In expanding how and where people can play games, Microsoft said in October that it will start testing a cloud gaming offering this year. Its Project xCloud will work on mobile devices. That announcement followed the acquisition last January of PlayFab, a start-up that provides game developers with cloud-based tools.
A ‘private’ beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will begin on February 7, Ubisoft has announced, over a month ahead of the official launch planned for 15 March. The beta will be a short one, running only until February 10, so clear your plans for that weekend if you want to take an early tour through the pandemic-ravaged ruins of Washington, DC.