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PUBG developer Bluehole has confirmed that 15 people suspected of developing hacking/cheating software have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation with "multiple partners and judicial authorities" in China.

"As you all now know," Bluehole wrote in a recent post on Steam, "we've been doing everything possible to root out cheating from PUBG. The ultimate goal is to create an environment for players that's completely safe from hackers and cheaters."

To that end, it said, "We've upgraded our security measures, improved our anti-cheat solutions, and recently even added a new anti-cheat solution on top of all that.

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Psychonauts

Twitch has revealed the line-up of games that Twitch Prime members will receive as part of their subscription in May, including Psychonauts and Gone Home.

Neither of those headliners likely need much introduction but, as a refresher, Psychonauts is Double Fine's inimitable brain-probing 3D action platformer - a classic that still hasn't lost its power to amuse and delight, some 13 years after it first released.

Gone Home, meanwhile, is developer Fullbright's fiercely atmospheric, but unquestionably divisive, exploration of family life and family strife - as told in walking simulator form. That one didn't resonate with Eurogamer editor Oli Welsh back in 2013 as much as it did for others.

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Stardew Valley

Farming life sim Stardew Valley's long-awaited multiplayer update is now available to download on Steam, albeit only in public beta form for the time being.

Update 1.3, as the new multiplayer-focussed patch is known, has been in internal testing and QA for several months now, and is finally at a stage where it's ready for scrutiny by a wider audience. Before you hoist hoes and dive on in, however, there are a couple of things you'll need to know and do.

Firstly, be aware that the beta is currently only available on Steam (GOG access is coming in the next few days), and that you'll need to manually opt-in to access it. Thankfully, this is a relatively straightforward process, and all you need do is locate Stardew Valley in your Steam library, then right-click on its name and select 'Properties'.

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Eurogamer

Fortnite, probably the biggest game in the world at this point, begins its fourth season of content tomorrow: 1st May 2018.

A teaser from the game's official Twitter account shows four characters emerging from what looks like a crater. "Brace for impact," the message states. Are those characters in superhero costumes?

Epic's previous teases have suggested Fortnite's fourth season will arrive with a bang - the long-awaited touchdown of the game's mysterious comet. Another recent tease suggested superheroes would also arrive at the same time. Could the two be linked?

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Eurogamer

FIFA 18 gets a free World Cup mode on 29th May, so you can win the tournament with England in the game to make up for England getting knocked out at the group stage in real life.

The update, which is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch versions of the game, adds an officially-licensed World Cup mode. Expect authentic teams, stadiums, kits, badges, the official match ball and the trophy. It doesn't sound like EA added an authentic recreation of the inevitable crowd trouble, though.

You can play from the group stage to the final in Moscow in online friendlies and online tournament modes. There's a custom tournament mode, which lets you use any licensed national team in FIFA 18 to create your own World Cup (Italy, Chile and USA fans - this is for you).

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Eurogamer

PES 2019 information has leaked, (thanks, Evo-Web) - and it sounds like Konami has splashed some cash on new official licences.

The Hong Kong PlayStation Store briefly listed PES 2019 with a release date of 30th August and, on the cover of the Legend Edition, an image of David Beckham from his England days.

Most interestingly though, the store description listed new features, including "authentic leagues" with the blurb: "Huge addition of licensed leagues."

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Eurogamer

PlayStation 4 exclusive God of War remains in the UK chart top spot again this week, despite the debut of two Nintendo Labo packs.

Labo, Nintendo Switch's new papercraft accessory system, landed in third place behind God of War and Far Cry 5 for its main 60 Variety Kit, and in 20th place for its 70 robot kit.

It's hard to judge how well Labo has done in comparison to expectations. It's an expensive kit (much of which will be taken up by the cost of the physical Switch game cartridge) but the range feels like one designed to sell continuously over time (and especially over Christmas). For something intended to have a slow sales burn, then, it is off to a decent start.

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Eurogamer

While I'm still reeling at the fact that it'll be May in a couple of days and desperately trying to find free time with which to continue slogging through God of War, you'd better believe the deals haven't slowed down a bit. Although May is looking a little more sparse in terms of video game releases, you should be able to treat yourself to something nice this pay day to keep yourself going.

As usual, we've got deals that'll work in the UK, deals that'll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let's get started.

Humble's latest bundle is a PlayStation-centric one, and as such, all of these codes will require you to have a US or Canadian PSN account on your system with which to redeem them. Once they're redeemed and downloaded, though, you can play them on your UK account.

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Eurogamer

Childhood friendships are frequently born out of practicalities, I suspect. Things like being geographically nearby are important, but there's also the more mercenary aspect of childhood - having a friend who has all the 'cool' stuff that you don't. It may have blossomed into a solid adult friendship too, but I suspect convenience was a big part for how my childhood best friend and I came to be.

See, that friend lived about 300 metres from me, and it turned out we both had exactly all the cool stuff that the other person desired. He had all the books I could have wanted to read, and all the games and game consoles I didn't have. One of the first times I visited his home, I left carrying a pile of books that I couldn't wait to read. That's how similar our tastes were back then. From the age of 10 to adulthood, we continued this trend through gaming. There was rarely overlap. He had a Super Nintendo while I had a Sega Megadrive, I plumped for the Playstation 1, and he favoured the Nintendo 64. It was perfect. Except, we were both very competitive kids when it came to games. Both reasonably well-matched in terms of skill level, but both slightly sore losers too. So, we gradually learned to set up some ground rules so that our friendship didn't suffer.

This mostly stemmed from the early days of Street Fighter 2. We were a little bit too similar with how we played it. We were both very cheap. He preferred Ryu while I always went with Ken. Both of us really liked throwing fireballs at each other. You can see where this is going, right? Sounds of 'Hadoken!' emanated from the tiny 14" portable TV that we crowded around, polluting the air and making us a teensy bit more aggressive towards each other. We'd cancel each other out for far too long. Never really getting anywhere, but still irritating the other person due to refusing to back down. A sensible person would try one of many other moves to circumvent this issue but, well, we weren't as sensible as we probably should have been. It was relatively new ground in terms of learning how to play nicely.

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Eurogamer

Last month, Valve made changes to Steam's privacy settings which hid certain user information by default. Unfortunately, access to this data was crucial for respected stats site Steam Spy to function, and the service was essentially crippled as a result. Now, however, its future is looking brighter.

Shortly after Valve's privacy changes were unveiled, Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin announced that his service wouldn't "be able to operate any more", later expanding on that in an interview with Eurogamer.

Problematically for Steam Spy, Valve's adjustments meant that a Steam user's owned games were no longer publicly visible on their profile by default. Additionally, according to Galyonkin in a new post on his website, Steam's Store API, which contained basic information about games - such as prices, release dates, and genres - was changed, making it "useless".

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