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Rainbow Six Siege Patch Adds Harsher Penalties for Team Killing

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If you’re one of those annoying gamers who gets a thrill sabotaging a match by team killing, a new Rainbow Six Siege patch has launched that has installed mush stricter penalties for engaging in one of the most irritating actions in PvP gameplay.

Here are the full notes:

Team kill bans

  • First offence: Banned from Matchmaking for 30 minutes
  • Second offence: Banned from Matchmaking for 1 hour
  • Third offence: Banned from Matchmaking for 2 hours.
  • Fourth offence: Banned from Matchmaking for 24 hours.
  • Fifth offence: Banned from Matchmaking for 7 days.

Bug fixes
-Gameplay

  • Fixed – [PC][PS4][XB1] A number of crashing issues across all platforms.
  • Fixed – [PC][XB1] Cannot use melee for a short while after using prone.
  • Fixed – Players are able to take the defuser through the walls.
  • Fixed – Throwing C4 on an electrified wall will not destroy the nitro cell on contact.

Operators
-Maverick

  • Fixed – The bullet casings are ejected forwards when firing the AR-15.50 weapon.

-Clash

  • Fixed – Clash’s Shield can be deployed while crouched.
  • Fixed – Clash’s CCE shield can clip in the arm and clip in the pistol.
  • Fixed – Clash is able to fire her gun before weapon appears on screen.
  • Fixed – In the loadout menu charms are not equipped in the same place as during a session for Clash’s CCE Shield.
  • Fixed – When a player is killed by the CCE shield, the generic death icon is displayed instead of the taser shield
  • Fixed – [PC][XB1] Clash’s CCE shield is clips through partially broken barricades when rotating.

-Smoke

  • Fixed – If the attackers drop the defuser, Smoke can move it by throwing his gadget on it.

Level design
-Hereford

  • Fixed – Players are able to throw gadgets outside during the prep phase via the floor of 2F Bathroom.

UX

  • Fixed – Inconsistency between thumbnail icon and preview for Buck’s Grim Sky BDU.
  • Fixed – Non-purchased items have the ‘set as active’ option.
  • Fixed – Error message present in the pop-up modal when 2SV is active.
  • Fixed – Pressing enter multiple times while the title is loading will cause the title to start a situation with the 2SV pop-up still on the screen.
  • Fixed – All the Six Major Paris Charms appear with a placeholder model.
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Microsoft Bringing Four Games to Rival Consoles

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Microsoft has responded to recent reports that there will be changes to it’s first-party strategy and has confirmed that four game titles will be released on rival consoles.

More specifically, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that ‘Starfield’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ will not be among the four titles heading to other platforms. Both games had a number of candidate platforms, per reports, adding that this is “not a change to our fundamental exclusive strategy.”

“We don’t damage Xbox and we can grow our business using what other platforms have to help us with that,” Spencer said, according to GamesIndustry.biz.  “Looking forward, I think there is an interesting story for us of introducing Xbox franchises to players on other platforms to get them more interested in Xbox. We think there’s a good brand value for Xbox there.”

Xbox president Sarah Bond announced that Activision Blizzard games would begin to be added into Game Pass offerings, starting with Diablo 4, which will be added on March 28th.

Additionally, Bond said that Microsoft is still working on hardware for the future and that their focus regarding the future is “delivering the largest technical leap you will ever have seen in a hardware generation.”

 

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Sega’s Revenue See Rise to $27 Billion

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Sega Sammy has released its financial report for the nine-month period that officially concluded on December 31st, 2023, and that report that demonstrated a rise in overall sales and profit despite a decrease in sales for Sega’s new titles.

That decline was offset by growth in pachislot and pachinko machines, however Sega had lowered its sales forecasts for the full financial year.

Here is a breakdown, courtesy of GamesIndustry.biz.

  • Net sales: ¥349.9 billion ($2.3 billion, up 28.7% year-on-year)
  • Operating income: ¥54.4 billion ($364 million, up 42.4% year-on-year)
  • Ordinary income: ¥57.2 billion ($383 million, up 42.7% year-on-year)
  • Net sales were up 130.3% to ¥120.2 billion ($805 million) in this segment
  • Ordinary income increased by 521.3% at ¥45.7 billion ($306 million).
  • Entertainment Contents segment, which includes video games, net sales were up 4.2% at ¥219.3 billion
  • Profit decreased by 52.5% to ¥19.7 billion ($131.8 million) as a result of weak game sales

You can read a breakdown of the entire report at GamesIndustry.biz here.

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CVC Capital Partners, Haveli Investments Acquire Jagex

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CVC Capital Partners and Haveli Investments have reached an agreement to acquire RuneScape developer Jagex from Carlyle Group, according to Sky News.

While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed publicly, the Sky News report indicates that CVC was planning to spend £900 million on the purchase of Jagex.

Luxembourg-based CVC Capital Partners is one of the world’s largest private equity firms and Austin-based Haveli Investments is an established games investor.

CVC Capital Partners has previously backed Dead by Daylight creator Behaviour Interactive, London-based Predecessor developer Omeda Studios, and Tel Aviv-based Match Masters studio Candivore.

Jagex has more than 700 staff worldwide, and is best known for its RuneScape franchise and is currently working on the PC and console launch of Scum by Gamepires sometimes in 2024.

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