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]

SMITE caster departs Hi-Rez after live rant on formerly suicidal donor

Let’s imagine that you’re a studio-funded caster for a major MOBA. A fan joins your stream, donates $5, and tells you that he was suicidal but your streams helped save him. What do you do?

You probably don’t go on a tear telling your fan he’s a a selfish, terrible asshole who needs to learn how to deal with depression properly and that he — and everyone who disagrees — should go watch some other streamer, which is basically what Hi-Rez’s DMBrandon did on a SMITE stream earlier this week, landing him a nice big Reddit thread with a few thousand angry comments and a hefty helping of community outrage.

According to DMBrandon’s own tweet, he subsequently left Hi-Rez, saying “the stress levels of trying to juggle [his] lifestyle” had led him to screw up on air.

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The MOP Up: ARK’s free PvP version goes wide (April 17, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This past week ARK: Survival of the Fittest released to several other platforms, including Mac, Linux, and Steam OS. Will anything stop the world-conquering march of these terrible thunder lizards and their fans? If you’re still alive after their rampage, read on for more news and videos including stories from Saga of Lucimia, Diablo III, and DC Universe Online!

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The Daily Grind: Should e-sports players unionize?

MCV reported this week that World of Tanks studio Wargaming plans to help organize a union for pro e-sports players. Wargaming European e-sports boss Nicolas Passemard implied that without some formal organization looking out for pro players’ interests, exploitation is possible:

“It comes from a need to do something. We faced a few issues and incidents, and of course we didn’t like that because these incidents were not in favour of the players. So at a point we have to make a decision, either we get more directly involved or we keep having issues. We still want the players and the teams to lead a life of their own, because if we help them too much or if we do things for them they kind of lose the warm feeling of doing it themselves or they lose motivation, but in the end we had to do something. So we looked at some options and the best one is to help the pro players create a union for themselves. We have to do it, there will be issues, maybe we aren’t ready [for a players union] but we will find a way.”

Where you come down on the issue probably depends a lot on your own experiences with unions in the real world and on how much stock you put into pro gaming on the whole, but let’s have it: Do you think that pro e-sports players ought to unionize?

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What to expect from Atlas Reactor’s closed beta launching today

Atlas Reactor, Trion’s turn-based, MOBA-esque PvP game, just finished up its final alpha testing this past weekend, and today, the studio officially kicks off its closed beta. Before I tell you how you can get involved in the beta, you should have a good understanding of what the game is about and what is different about this beta build versus the previous alpha build. I spoke to Senior Producer James Karras and Lead Designer William Cook to talk about some of the gameplay cleanup and additions coming in closed beta — specifically, a new freelancer and seasons.

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Paragon’s Iggy and Scorch are an explosive mix

Kids, don’t drink and drive. Unless, for some bizarre reason, you end up in a MOBA where you’ve transformed into an alcoholic gremlin-thing and are riding on top of a small dinosaur that is partially fueled by your booze. Then it’s OK, as long as you push your lane.

Paragon’s latest… “champions” are heading to the game on April 21st, and they’re a little less conventional than the rest of the gang. Iggy (a little green dude) and Scorch (a fire-breathing lizard) are an unlikely duo that combine alcohol and fire to raze the battlefield. If you have a hankering to safely unleash your inner pyromaniac, then check out the trailer after the jump. The rest of you can safely convene to the Sane People’s Club. Sue brought brownies tonight.

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Giveaway: Snag a Stronghold Kingdoms Global Conflict 2 bundle from Firefly and MOP [All gone!]

MMORTS Stronghold Kingdoms is celebrating five million players this week with the launch of an update that focuses heavily on PvP in the newly expanded playable game world encompassing a whopping 151 countries. That headcount number will no doubt go up this summer when the game expands beyond PC and Max to a mobile client for Android and iOS.

To celebrate the milestone and update in the meantime, Firefly Studios has granted Massively OP 1000 Global Conflict 2 promo codes that will unlock a ton of goodies for your account: 5 Random packs, 1 Super Random Pack, 1 Ultimate Random Pack, 1 Research Pack, 5 Army Packs, 200 Card Points, and 2 x 7 Premium Tokens.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home one of these keys!

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Giveaway: Grab a Jing Wei unlock key from SMITE and MOP (Restocked!)

SMITE’s Escape from The Underworld update just went live this morning, bringing with it new skins for multiple gods, a new underworld arena, and new underworld quests. And we’ve got a SMITE giveaway today to help you jump into the new patch! Hi-Rez has granted Massively OP 4000 keys (all gone!) another 4000 keys that will unlock Jing Wei and her alternate Reborn skin.

Click the Mo button below (and prove you’re not a robot) to take home one of these keys!

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Arizona State University team wins Heroes of the Storm’s Heroes of the Dorm

Four college teams faced off at the Heroes of the Dorm championship, and now one team has emerged as the winner. Heroes of the Storm‘s newest set of champions is the Real Dream Team from Arizona State University, which beat out teams from UCONN, the University of Texas Arlington, and the University of Tennessee. The prize for victory? College tuition for the remainder of the students’ college careers.

Heroes of the Dorm is an annual competition jointly sponsored by Blizzard Entertainment and Tespa, with the dual purpose of advancing collegiate e-sports and selling Heroes of the Storm as a competitive game. This year’s championship was broadcast on several ESPN satellite networks. Congratulations are in order for the ASU students now enjoying their freedom from tuition.

Source: Blizzard press release

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The MOP Up: Demons invade Skyforge (April 10, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This past week Skyforge shared some of the workings behind its worldwide demonic invasion, Diablo II got a surprise patch, the 2016 Olympics welcomed esports, and Saga of Lucimia shed some light on its darkness system. Read up on these stories and more after the break!

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SMITE’s Escape from the Underworld event forges new skins for five gods

SMITE is launching a new event revolving around the addition of new skins — some of them much-wanted by the community — to the game. Titled Escape from the Underworld, the promo will bring shiny new duds for Hades, Arachne, Nox, Hou Yi, and Guan Yu, as well as new art, a smattering of underworld weekly quests, and a bonus round for arena matches.

Hi-Rez Community Manager PonPon told Redditors that more info is on the way: “Will go over it more and in-depth on the Notes show [today]. Items can be bought but some can be unlocked, and there is a collection bonus that requires you to have gotten all the items. That means if you do all the quests there is less needed to directly buy to unlock the full collection bonus.”

That’d be this event right here at 4 p.m. EDT today:

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League of Legends gives Taric a massive overhaul

Taric is back in action in League of Legends, and the hunk might be turning heads with more than his natural good looks. The champion’s “brush up” has resulted in a new look, back story, and improved skills. Taric is now seen as a strong laner who can work very well with other characters, healing and buffing allies during fights.

Taric is not the only aspect of League of Legends’ latest patch that’s drawing attention. There’s a brand-new rotating game mode queue that will spin up on the weekends, offering different challenges every seven days. The first mode that is being released with the queue is Ascension.

There are plenty of other details in the patch notes to pour through, so make sure you read all of the fine print — and then get out there and kick some butt in style!

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The MOP Up: Paragon recruits Sevarog (April 3, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we’ll look at a new hero joining Paragon’s line-up, check out a couple of behind-the-scenes interviews with MMO developers, get prepared for the latest World of Warcraft young adult books, romp around with several action-RPGs, and more!

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The hidden DOTA 2 tournament secrets that Valve doesn’t want you to know!

DOTA 2’s huge annual tournament, The International, is coming to Seattle this August, and tickets for the popular event are going on sale next week.

The International will be held at Seattle’s Key Arena from August 8th through the 13th. Tickets for the tournament have been split up into two types: mid-week (August 8th through 11th, $75) and finals (August 12th and 13th, $100). There are no assigned seats and no VIP tickets this year.

Valve is taking pity on those who can’t splurge on both tickets: “For fans with only the midweek ticket, we’re also providing a free large outdoor viewing area on the Key Arena grounds where you’ll be able to watch the final two days.” The company is also giving away some in-game items during the event to lucky attendees.

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