May 2018

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Chinese authorities dish out $5M in fines for developers of PUBG hack software

There has long been speculation and evidence of cheating software for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), but action is being taken to stamp it out. The makers of the smash-hit game have confirmed that they have worked with authorities in China who have dished out over $5 million in fines to at least 15 people caught developing hacks that help players cheat.

PUBG, in case you missed it, is one of the top-grossing games in the world this year. A shoot-up battle royale game that sees players battle to survive to the end, PUBG grossed $700 million in revenue via PC sales last year and that’s only increased in 2018 as the title landed on mobile. It’s particularly big in China where internet giant Tencent is the publishing partner.

That Tencent link might have proved useful, as Bluehole — the company behind PUBG — revealed in a statement that Chinese authorities have helped it clamp down on hacking programs, handing out the huge number of fines in the process:

Here’s some translated information from the local authorities we worked with on this case:

“15 major suspects including “OMG”, “FL”, “火狐”, “须弥” and “炎黄” were arrested for developing hack programs, hosting marketplaces for hack programs, …read more


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China Tech Talk 45: Tencent vs Alibaba – The battle for China’s offline retail with WSJ’s Liza Lin

This week, John and Matt talk with Liza Lin, China technology reporter for the Wall Street Journal, about the increasing competition between Tencent and Alibaba in offline retail. Download this episode Links JD vs Alibaba: The war for China’s fresh food Video: Alibaba’s Hema supermarket is changing China’s retail game Alibaba is revamping China’s offline […] …read more


Amid Evil Offers Otherworldly Locations And Relentlessly Fast FPS Action

The old school-style FPS has seen a resurgence in recent years, with games like Devil Daggers, Dusk, Ion Maiden, Strafe, and others. Lightning-fast movement and equally fast firepower, “combat chess” as you prioritize enemies and positioning in the heat of battle, a fine balance between classic design and modern improvements. Amid Evil jumps into the Hexen and Heretic side of the pool, combining surreal cosmic environments with frenetic and flashy combat.

You are the Champion, summoned by the gods to clear away a cosmic corruption across angelic and otherworldly sanctums. In classic Heretic style, your weapons protrudes from the center of the HUD and each is a familiar yet delightfully weird magical variant of first-person shooter guns: your “rocket launcher” is a gnarled claw flinging planets at foes, your wide-spread “shotgun” is a crystal blade unleashed arcs of energy, and so on. Discovery and exploration in Amid Evil is often just as interesting as the action, as you sprint and leap across elaborate inhuman architecture and gather weaponry to fight vibrant hordes of winged knights and energy beings.

Defeating enemies leaves souls in their wake for you …read more