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ESEA e-sports league hack yields 1.5m user profiles

ESEA e-sports league hack yields 1.5m user profiles

When you usually hear about hacked user databases, they usually involve adult sites, social networks, political groups, or e-mail service providers. Once in a while, you’ll also hear about hacks to digital game stores. Rare, however, are cases of hacks of independent gaming communities. But when you’re the world’s largest e-sports communities, not to mention makers of anti-cheating software, you definitely have a larger than usual target on your back. That was apparently the case with the E-Sports Entertainment Association or ESEA, whose database got broken into late last year, with the hacker getting away with potentially sensitive information of over 1.5 million ESEA accounts.

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Xbox controllers now supported by Steam Controller Configurator

Xbox controllers now supported by Steam Controller Configurator

Valve's own Steam Controller may be one of the most interesting hardware peripherals for PC gaming, but it comes with a steep learning curve. The trade-off to this, however, is that it's deeply customizable, thanks to its software that allows any game's controls to be reassigned and mapped to buttons of a user's preference. A few months ago, Valve began opening up this software and making it compatible with the PS4's DualShock 4 pad, but now it's doing the same for Xbox controllers.

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Netflix made an infinite runner browser game starring its original shows

Netflix made an infinite runner browser game starring its original shows

You could argue that, as long as they have an internet connection, Netflix subscribers can never claim to be bored, what with all the endless hours of content to stream. Should you still find yourself in that situation, whether you're a subscriber or not, you can now kill some time with Netflix's new browser game. Dubbed Netflix Infinite Runner, it features characters from the streaming service's hit original shows, and is completely free to play.

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Super Retro Boy is almost the ‘Game Boy Classic’ of your dreams

Super Retro Boy is almost the ‘Game Boy Classic’ of your dreams

In case you haven't heard, Nintendo's NES Classic Edition console is crazy popular. So much so that we've third-party versions for multiple other game systems, not to mentions hopes of a SNES Classic. Hoping to keep up with this trend is the Super Retro Boy, revealed by Retro-Bit at this year's CES, a device that mimics the iconic design and form-factor of Nintendo's original handheld, but includes modern-day battery and display tech.

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NES Classic hack adds 30 games with USB cable

NES Classic hack adds 30 games with USB cable

Despite launching in the last few months of the year, Nintendo's NES Classic Edition turned out to be one of the hottest devices of 2016. But other than being incredibly hard to find over the holiday season, the only real drawback of the tiny retro game console is that it's limited to the 30 titles that come pre-installed. Fortunately modders and hackers have been hard at work at rectifying that problem, and the latest successful trick manages to add another 30 games over a USB cable.

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Injustice 2 release date revealed in cryptic tweet

Injustice 2 release date revealed in cryptic tweet

We now know when Injustice 2 will be released: May 16, 2017. That info is based on a tweet fired off by NetherRealm Studios’ Creative Director Ed Boon. Rather than writing anything, Boon simply shared a photo reading “i2.05.16.17.” While it seems likely for Injustice 2, it's also vague. Solidifying the speculation is a brand new tweet from NetherRealm's own Twitter account.

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Velocity Micro RennSeat Pro is the ultimate chair for simulation games

Velocity Micro RennSeat Pro is the ultimate chair for simulation games

Velocity Micro has unveiled a new gaming station designed for those who play driving and flight simulators, the RennSeat Pro. According to Velocity Micro, this is a premium-grade driving simulator package that can also be arranged for use as a flight simulator cockpit. The contraption is made from stainless steel with an adjustable frame. The included seat is described as being ‘automotive quality,’ and there’s also a bunch of necessary peripherals, as well as the three-display setup.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

One of the year's largest gaming marathons, Awesome Games Done Quick 2017, is set to begin this Sunday. The event will last nearly a full week, kicking off at 11:30 AM Eastern on January 8 and then wrapping up in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, January 15. In between those beginning and end times, speed runners from all around the world will run their favorite games in front of a live audience.

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Nintendo Switch gets a second live stream event to show off games

Nintendo Switch gets a second live stream event to show off games

This week may be all about CES 2017, but next week is certainly shaking up to be the week of Nintendo Switch. Nintendo already has plans to host a Switch-focused live stream on January 12, but it has also announced that it will be back with another stream the day after. On January 13, Nintendo will be back in front of the cameras in what it's calling a "Treehouse" event, this time to give us an in-depth look at the games announced during the January 12 stream.

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MSI brings its CES game on with new PCs, cards, and boards

MSI brings its CES game on with new PCs, cards, and boards

CES has always been a smorgasbord of treats for lovers of technology of all shapes and sizes, and gamers are no exception. From Samsung's first ever gaming laptop to the new PC and Mac loving GeForce NOW, there have been a lot of goodies waiting for twitching fingers. Not to be outdone, MSI has revealed in one fell swoop all the new things it has to offer, from traditional gaming laptops to VR rigs with 3D audio to blazing fast graphics cards extra cold cooling systems.

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HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

HTC VIVE Tracker hands-on: simply versatile

The HTC VIVE Tracker is far smaller than any other accessory currently made by the company for the VR headset. It's tiny compared to the other smallest device in the collection - that being the basic HTC Vive Wireless controller - or the Lighthouse box. The tracker is made to take the place of the controller for situations when the trackers in the controller don't necessarily need a handle attached.

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Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer's Project Ariana was used this week at CES 2017 to show the potential of Razer Chroma lighting in full-room immersion. The company announced earlier today that they'd be making Razer Chroma open to 3rd-party partners, meaning more companies could bring millions of colors of light to their devices. Project Ariana is a device that lights up a whole room - and it's not just a concept for Chroma Lighting. This is a real-deal product that Razer says will be a production device - available for purchase - by the end of the year 2017.

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