MOBA Category

MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA category’s RSS feed]

SuperData May 2017: WoW recombinated, Dota 2 in the top 10, and Pokemon Go out

Almost lost in the buzz today was the release of SuperData’s rundown of the global digital games market for May. You’ll notice immediately that World of Warcraft has once again been rejoined! SuperData had split the game into east and west versions for its January report, then botched the entries in February and hastily repaired its graphic to rejoin the two; in March, the WoWs were one from the get-go but split up again in April. Now we’re back to one. It’s still not clear what’s going on there.

In any case, it’s allowed for a new entry on the PC side: Dota 2, which recently patched in PvE, apparently to good effect. On the mobile side, Pokemon Go has vanished entirely from the top 10, though we won’t be surprised to see it return next month as the summer events heat up.

Overwatch shows continued growth,” writes the research firm. “Overwatch digital revenues are up from April but down from May 2016, when it launched. Additional Content revenue hit a new high in May on the back of a one-year anniversary event.”
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The Stream Team: Launching into Master X Master

MxM has officially launched, and Massively OP’s MJ is diving back into the fray! Of course, now that all alphas and betas are over, she’ll have to start over from scratch. Which hero from which game will she choose to play after the tutorial? Ultimately MJ wants to play Kromede; she has fond memories of that NPC from Aion. Tune in live at 4:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team takes a launch look at…

What: Master X Master
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 4:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 22nd, 2016

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Gigantic rejoins Arc platform, opens up PC beta, and preps for July 20 launch

There is no shortage of movement on Gigantic, Motiga’s colorful, multi-platform MOBA. For starters, the studio announced that PC players can now get in on the open beta, conveniently located on Perfect World’s Arc platform.

The Windows open beta joins the Xbox One testing program as the title gets ready for launch on July 20th, and players who want to transfer their accounts to Arc can do so with a one-time offer.

As part of launch preparations, a massive June patch was deployed on Wednesday to shore up Gigantic. The update contained a revamped user interface, a new player experience, bot matches, voice chat, hero voiceovers,

Get pumped for Gigantic’s open beta party with the official trailer below!

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NCsoft MOBA Master X Master launches today

Master X Master is officially launching in the West today, bringing NCsoft’s take on a multi-IP MOBA-with-a-twist to our shores. The twist is the PvE element, which was relatively novel for the genre back when MxM was announced but is now present in a few others. Still, there’s no other MOBA out there where you can play characters from Guild Wars 2, WildStar, and City of Heroes all together!

The floodgates officially open at 1 p.m. EDT this afternoon, but until then, we’ve rounded up all our coverage and streams of the game to now, plus a few of the game’s latest prep vids. Happy launch day!

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Enter to win a SMITE Cu Chulainn or Camazotz skin from Hi-Rez and MOP

Live in SMITE today are both the previously revealed mana-based god Cu Chulainn and the unique Code of Chivalry event, which introduces a morality bar to the MOBA and allows players to complete quests — for good and for evil — to become either a Noble Knight or a Black one.

To celebrate the update, Hi-Rez has granted us a bundle of keys for Cu Chulainn and his Hound of Ulster skin as well as Camazotz and his Xibalba’s Shadow skin. As always, skin codes can be redeemed in-game across all platforms and in all regions as long as you’re playing on Hi-Rez SMITE servers (Tencent runs the Chinese servers, and LevelUp runs the Latin American and Brazilian servers, so the codes won’t work there).

Read on to enter to win!

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Here’s how to participate in Gigantic’s big stress-test event this weekend

Nothing to do this weekend now that E3 is winding down and everything you want to play is way far off in the future? Gigantic has the cure for that: Motiga and PWE have just kicked off an Arc Preview Weekend for the fledgling hybrid MOBA.

“Starting this Friday, June 16 at 10am PDT through Sunday, June 18 at midnight PDT, Gigantic will be open to ALL PLAYERS via the Arc platform. That’s right; if you have Windows 7, 8, or 10, you can download and play Gigantic on Arc as part of Gigantic Arc Preview Weekend.”

The studio says players will have access to all 18 heroes during the event, and all progress you make will be saved into the game’s open beta. During the event, you’ll be stress-testing the servers, matchmaking, the revamped UI, the new tutorial, bot matches, and voice chat.

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Master X Master’s launch client and name reservations are now available

We are still a few days off from Master X Master’s official launch, but that shouldn’t stop you from preparing for the launch of this hybrid MOBA. NCsoft informed fans that it could go ahead and download the launch client, advising players that they should uninstall any test clients first.

Another preparatory step is to reserve your name, which is totally a thing you can do provided that you’ve purchased one of the more expensive founder’s packs. Players who have bought either the $60 or $100 packs can go ahead and reserve a single name for use when Master X Master goes live. The name reservations will end on June 21st.

Get to know some of the voice acting behind your favorite MxM characters after the break!

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The Stream Team: Dungeon diving in SMITE’s newest adventure, Trials of King Hercules

This year SMITE has been all about offering varied new adventures for players to partake in when not engaged in lane fighting. The most recent addition is ventures into the typical landscape of MMOs: the dungeon. The Trials of King Hercules is a three-player dungeon crawl, and Massively OP’s MJ is pretty excited to check it out. And as if experiencing a new adventure weren’t reason enough to dive in, MJ has a fistful of codes to give away. If you’ve really been wanting to play Fafnir, or you just have to collect his latest Dread-Lord, now is your chance. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for this look into this latest adventure and a chance to win a god.

What: SMITE
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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E3 2017: SMITE and Paladins are coming to the Xbox One X on day one

Hi-Rez has just announced this morning that both its MOBA SMITE and its MOBA Paladins will launch for the Xbox One X on November 7th, the same day the platform itself arrives. Both games are already playable on the Xbox One proper.

The studio’s released a video for each game showing off gameplay and visuals captured with the Xbox One dev kit — and yep, it’s native 4K with 60 FPS. Enjoy!

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Siltbreaker, the first chunk of Dota 2’s co-op PvE campaign, is now live

It seems co-op multiplayer campaigns are the thing for MOBAs to do lately, if SMITE and Master X Master and Dota 2 are any judge, bringing the whole MMO and ARPG industry full circle. Dota 2’s attempt at adding PvE content into games built around PvP arena battles launched this week, in fact. Act I: Siltbreaker is live now and includes loot and de facto achievements and ranks.

“Each playthrough of this campaign offers the chance to earn in-game Artifacts that can be used each time you play the campaign during the Battle Pass season. Comprised of all-new items to the Dota universe, Artifacts are mythic objects of power that can be equipped in your inventory as you progress through the challenges of the campaign. […] As you battle through multiple play zones in search of Rhyzik, you’ll earn completion stars based on your performance level. The first time you complete a zone with one or two stars will net you Battle Points rewards, and delivering a three-star zone performance will grant a treasure from Siltbreaker himself.”

It’s not technically a free update; you’ll need to own Valve’s Battle Pass to access it, which’ll set you back about 10 bucks. Act II: A Vault in the Deep is slated to release in July.

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Play some Heroes of the Storm for new Diablo III wings

The Necromancer is coming to Diablo III, and Malthael is showing up in Heroes of the Storm. Want to win some items in both? That’s the premise of the newest event in the game, imploring players of Diablo III to play 15 matches with a friend in pretty much any format as a hero from the Diablo franchise between June 13th and June 26th. You don’t even need to win the matches, just play through them as one of the many eligible characters.

Completing the challenge will earn you a new mount in HotS and a pair of Kerrigan’s Ghost wings in Diablo III as a cosmetic item. If you’re interested in undertaking the challenge because you want those wings or just like earning cosmetics in general, a Reddit user has helpfully compiled a guide to the HotS hero playstyles for Diablo III veterans.

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Paladins brings a war machine to the fight

If they bring a knife, you bring a gun. If they bring a stylized goofy fighter, you bring a war machine. That’s the Paladins way.

There’s a new champion in Paladins’ beta wreaking havoc all over the battlfield. Ash, the war machine, is an armored lady who sports a truly gigantic mobile cannon. With her gun, Ash can fire shrapnel rounds and kinetic bursts. She’s got a few other tricks up her metallic sleeves, including a siege shield, shoulder bash, and a banner that creates a damage immunity zone for eight seconds.

The game’s open beta 51 update also included a change to its skins: “We are reorganizing how we package our skin cosmetics in order to accommodate players seeking full outfits. Players will still be able to equip parts individually and mix & match as they like. But accessory and body pieces (along with voice packs when available) can now be acquired together as a unit referred to as a ‘Champion Skin.'”

Check out Ash’s champion trailer after the jump!

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