Dota 2 - Valve
* Fixed a bug where purchasing items with a dead courier selected would put the items onto the courier instead of into your stash
* Adjusted various old Windranger sets to fit the updated WindRunner model
* Adjusted how Bristleback's Quill Spray is hidden by the fog of war; each quill now checks fog of war individually, rather than using one check for the whole effect.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

In July 2016, Twitch suspended James "PhantomL0rd" Varga, a streamer who at the time had nearly 1.4 million followers, over his association with CSGO skin gambling site CSGOShuffle. Esports journalist Richard Lewis said a record of email exchanges between Varga and CSGOShuffle coder Duhau Joris that he'd obtained "heavily suggest, almost to a degree of certainty," that Varga actually owned the site, a fact he neglected to mention in streams where he used and promoted it, and gambled with "house money" rather than his own. 

That's in violation of FTC and Valve rules, which means it also violated the Twitch terms of service, and as a result his channel was suspended. But now Varga has filed a lawsuit (via Unikrn) against Twitch over the suspension, saying that Twitch improperly suspended his account and then terminated his contract without providing an explanation as to why. 

The lawsuit alleges that Varga's contract obligated Twitch to provide written notice of violations, as well as an opportunity to correct them within 30 days, but neither the notice nor the corrective window were provided. Furthermore, the allegations that led to the suspension arose from "unsubstantiated, false accusations leveled at Varga by a third party, whose accusations were the culmination of an effort to publicly disparage Varga and take advantage of his popularity." 

"It is clear from Twitch's conduct that the stated bases for suspension and termination were an effort to deflect negative press and scapegoat Varga, allowing Twitch to publicly decry alleged gambling conduct and divert attention from the fact that Twitch continued to knowingly allow such conduct to continue on other Twitch channels," the suit states. 

Varga alleges that he wasn't given a reason for the suspension until January 2017, nearly five months after it happened, when a Twitch rep told him that his channel had fraudulent subscribers. At some point after that, however, he was told that the real problem was the amount of non-gaming content he streamed, including CSGO skin gambling, which violated content guidelines. 

But Varga claims that he was told multiple times by Twitch employees that he could stream such content for up to 30 consecutive minutes at a time, and that Twitch "was aware that the representation was false." 

The suit says Varga suffered significant financial and reputational harm as a result of the suspension, which occurred despite him fully satisfying all the conditions of his contract. He's seeking general, special, and exemplary damages, interest, legal fees (including "expert witness fees"), and whatever else the court deems appropriate.   

Varga, as far as I can tell, has not returned to Twitch since his initial suspension, but he's been streaming on YouTube since last year. A Twitch rep said the company does not comment on pending litigation. 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

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Dota 2 - Valve
* Lane creeps now have a minor knockback based on the amount of hero damage in the killing blow
* Nature's Guise now shows a buff icon to show when Treant remains within range of trees
* Fixed Flesh Golem heal not taking into account temporary increases to max HP
* Fixed location of familiars when player had bought Aghs or chose the +1 Familiar talent
* Courier no longer try to deliver gems if your inventory is full.
* Minor Windranger updates to model, textures and attachment point for bow strings
* Fixed Windranger taunt not showing when you don't have vision of the center of the map
* Added last updated time to the guide details view in the In-Game guide picker
* Added number of camps stacked to the support column of the post game scoreboard
* Added a toggle near the language filter to prioritize recent guides
* Custom Games: The local lobby list is now sorted by oldest lobby first
* Custom Games: Fixed a bug where loading into a custom game would occasionally fail to find the necessary files (resulting in a crash or missing interface elements)



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* Courier cost reduced from 200 to 50
* Starting gold is reduced from 625 to 600

* Tangoes now come with 3 charges and cost 90 gold

* Initial bounty rune now gives +40 gold to all heroes instead of 100 to the hero that picks it up (those bounty runes look slightly different)

* Killing a neutral camp stack now gives a bonus 15% gold bounty to the hero that stacked it. No bonus is given if the stack is cleared by an enemy or the hero that stacked it. (New audio is now played once a stack is successful. Stacked neutrals have a buff with the stacker's hero icon on it)

* Tier 1 mid lane towers are now a bit closer to the river
* Removed a tree in the radiant jungle (to the top right of the blue crystals near the ancients)

* Range creep attack acquisition range reduced from 800 to 600
Dota 2 - Valve
- Minor updates on Windranger’s model
- Fixed Windrangers “You prefer arrows?” taunt to reliably show the hearts.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

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Left 4 Dead - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

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They lurk, they creep, they skulk and weep. Monsters in videogames can be as simple as a big spiky cyclops ball, or as unsettling as a sobbing woman in a rainy alleyway. This week on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, the team is talking about their favourites, from flaming skulls to digitally possessed diving suits, and the clever ways in which game monsters inspire heebies, jeebies, creeps and sometimes even willies. (more…)

Dota 2 - Valve
- Fixed a bug where alt-clicking HP/Mana bars of dead heroes would create a ping
- Fixed parties being able to circumvent custom game ban cooldowns
- Fixed issue where players would not see pings or map drawing from coaches
- Fixed issue where coaches on opposite teams could see each other’s chat
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

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Dota 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

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Dota 2 has cracked out its ‘quality of life’ duster and set about some spring cleaning. Yesterday’s patch was the first of the new fortnightly updates, and its focus is on improvements that make the game less fiddly. Dota can be more fiddly than an eleven-piece folk band, so this is good news. That’s especially true for newer players, who have enough to deal with without worrying about micromanaging the courier or figuring out which jungle camps are the deadly ones. Two of my favourite smaller changes target those issues, but there’s plenty more here besides. They’ve added in-game tips about recent hero changes, redesigned player profiles and thrown in a whole bunch of UI tweaks and balance changes – and that’s just scratching the surface.

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