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Not So Massively: BlizzCon 2015 (November 9, 2015)

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

BlizzCon 2015 took center stage this weekend, producing a ton of news for Heroes of the Storm, Diablo III, Overwatch, and Hearthstone. Heroes of the Storm held its first ever world championship tournament, Overwatch the rejected free-to-play business model, and we learned that Blizzard is hiring a developer to bring oldschool Diablo II back to life.

Meanwhile, impressive one-to-one scale space game Infinity: Battlescape has just 12 days left to raise around $70,000 on Kickstarter, Destiny players have raised money for charity in a livestreaming event, and Path of Exile hinted that an expansion announcement is on the way. We also read an insightful article on systemic sexism in SMITE's e-sports scene, looked at League of Legends' new social tools and controversial Dynamic Queue, and discovered that Star Citizen's Alpha 2.0 release may be about to land.

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Not So Massively: Cloud Imperium threatens a lawsuit (October 5, 2015)

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

The big story this week is that the ongoing drama surrounding Star Citizen has now reached boiling point as Cloud Imperium Games is now threatening to sue The Escapist Magazine unless its demands are met. Dota 2 players are up in arms over details of the new Fall digital compendium, and player activity has dropped by 16%. We also have some awesome new characters from SMITE and Heroes of the Storm, a hacking rumour from Splatoon, a $70,000 prize pool for mobile MOBA Vainglory, and Jagex's Block N Load is now free-to-play!

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Not So Massively: Martin Shkreli slammed in e-sports; Star Citizen legal letter revealed

Online gaming and e-sports are getting bigger by the day, and there are literally hundreds of popular online games out there that don’t really fit into the MMO category. Join me each week for Not So Massively, where I gather together the top stories from the biggest MOBAs, competitive card games, first person shooters, and other popular online games in one place.

It's been an insane week for MOBAs, as it turns out that Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shrekli (the guy who bought an AIDS drug and raised the price by over 5,000%) recently set up an e-sports organisation with its fingers in both League of Legends and Dota 2. Riot Games banned another professional LoL teams this week and revealed that it's working on a second game, while Dota 2 announced a $3,000,000 tournament in Frankfurt. Derek Smart released letters between himself and the Star Citizen legal team, revealing key details in their ongoing internet drama. Path of Exile also got some nice Alienware prizes for its next series of events, Diablo III banned players who were using an exploit, and Block N Load announced three new characters.

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Not So Massively: HoN's fifth anniversary update; Dota 2 rakes in millions of dollars

Heroes of Newerth received a colossal patch this week to celebrate its fifth anniversary, introducing a new intelligence carry hero, a capture the flag game mode, dozens of events and countless balance changes and improvements. League of Legends revisited two of its oldest champions with a full redesign of Ashe in the works and the recent Ryze overhaul being rolled into Patch 5.8. Upcoming MOBA Sins of a Dark Age got a confirmed free-to-play release date of May 8th following over a year in Early Access. Details of Path of Exile's new Divination Card system coming in its upcoming expansion were revealed.

Dota 2's digital compendium for the upcoming world championship tournament has raked in almost $14 million US in its first few days on sale, and Valve is prepared for it to gross as much as $53.6 million. Star Citizen hit $81.14 million in pre-sales after answering fans' questions on the recently revealed MISC ship hull series. And Jagex's new online FPS Block N Load has now released and is being described by fans as "Minecraft meets Team Fortress 2."

Read on for detailed breakdowns of all the above stories and links to more news from the wider world of online gaming in this week's Not So Massively.

 

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Betawatch: May 1st, 2015

So why isn't Pathfinder Online attracting more players? Goblinworks CEO Ryan Dancey apparently feels that it's a matter of the game's fans not stumping for the game aggressively enough in places that aren't focused around discussing the game. We should also mention that the game is rolling out plans for the next iteration of settlements, but that feels like he's getting what he wants.

Other news from around the betaverse:

You want more? Well, why don't you just jump on past the break to a huge long list of games in testing that we keep past the break every week. We're predictable like that.

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Not So Massively: PAX East 2015 MOBA roundup edition

It's been a huge week for online gaming, with GDC drawing to a close and PAX East being packed full of reveals. We heard from Diablo III game designer Josh Mosqueria on why the game's launch was a failure and what's been done in the intervening years to fix it. League of Legends revealed its new Party Rewards system to encourage people to bring their own friends into games rather than relying on a matchmaking algorithm to put their team together. DC Comics based MOBA Infinite Crisis announced its official free-to-play launch date of March 26th, and Hearthstone announced that its upcoming Blackrock Mountain expansion will start rolling out in April.

Popular Destiny streamer The HM05 was filmed this week soloing the Crota's End group raid instance without firing a single bullet. Futuristic ninja FPS Warframe revealed a trailer for its upcoming Tombs of the Sentient expansion, and Heroes of the Storm coincidentally revealed its Tomb of the Spider Queen battleground. Star Citizen opened the floodgates with an invitation for everyone to try out its Arena Commander and Hangar Deck modules. Overwatch got a tentative closed beta release window of Q3 2015 and revealed its two powerful new heroes McCree and Zarya. And the Minecraft players who have been building a scale replica of the entire Game of Thrones continent of Westeros for the past three years are on their way to RTX 2015.

Read on for detailed news on all the above stories and more from the wider world of online games that aren't MMOs.

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