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Major studio known primarily for World of Tanks and its sister games.

SuperData February 2017: World of Tanks perks up, Hearthstone is sinking

Happy SuperData day! That's the monthly holiday when we pore over the market analysis report, freak out over something doing well, freak over something doing poorly, and then fight over definitions, the evils of trusting paywalled science, and why more MMOs aren't on the current list. This round, there's lots to bicker over -- but also some bits to celebrate in the February 2017 charts of top-grossing game titles.

On PC, while League of Legends, Crossfire, and Dungeon Fighter Online continue their top-three dominance, the rest of the roster has seen a bit of a shake-up, as Overwatch has fallen from #4 to #6 and World of Tanks has pushed past it as well as World of Warcraft. WoW's status is a tad confusing; last month, SuperData began reporting Western and Eastern WoW separately, even though it does not appear to be doing that for any other game. This month, it's omitted the West/East tags but still has two entries for WoW, so we're left to assume to top one is still West as it was last month.

On console, ARK: Survival Evolved has fallen from its #4 spot to #6. As always, we point out that ARK: Survival Evolved has yet to formally launch, and it's absurd that it's on this list at all, but fools and their money and all that.

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World of Tanks players raised cash for kids during last year's War Child campaign

Wargaming announced today that World of Tanks players raised a huge sum of money for children in need last year. Last summer, the video game giant teamed up with War Child, a UK-based charity that focuses on children affected by local and global political conflict, to raise money for that cause.

"Late last year, Wargaming partnered with War Child for their Armistice Campaign. Players of World of Tanks were able to buy special emblems and packages to help raise money for children affected by conflict all over the world, with 100% of Wargaming’s share going directly to charity. Thanks to the community’s help and generosity, a donation of $84,800 went to War Child UK. Wargaming would like to thank all the players who donated to this great cause as every single penny raised was from the community."

Hear, hear and well done. Never let it be said that gamers have no heart!

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Wargaming on World of Tanks, Warships, and Planes development, plus the Dolph Lundgren commercial

Even successful online games like World of Tanks can be subject to critical mistakes and community backlash. Talking to Polygon, Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi admitted that arrogance and a Russian-centric team contributed to a near-disaster with its Rubicon update a few years back. Additionally, the studio mandate to carbon-copy World of Tanks' format ended up hurting the development of World of Warships and World of Warplanes.

Kislyi said that once the studio owned up to its faults and identified the key problems, it began to make changes. The studio started hiring more international employees and paid better attention to what its community was saying. "This took years for us as a company to come to this understanding of this necessity [of this change], and to make it," he said.

The big focus for 2017, Kislyi said, was to shore up World of Tanks and make it into a better game overall. Wargaming is also allowing Warships and Warplanes more leniency to develop according to their individual strengths and unique properties.

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Tragedy strikes during World of Tanks livestream

This is the sort of story that we never like seeing here at Massively OP. During a 24-hour charity livestream, a World of Tanks Twitch player left the room for a short break and then apparently passed away while off camera.

Polygon reports that the police arrived at the home of 35-year-old Brian Vigneault, where they found him unresponsive. Fans discovered that this happened when a police detective used Vigneault's Discord chat to inform the community about his death. Vigneault had been well-known for his frequent charity livestreams and in fact had been participating in one when he died. There was no cause of death stated; though the death was being investigated by the homicide unit, the department said there was no reason to suspect foul play.

Wargaming issued a short statement in response: "Wargaming is saddened to hear of the loss of streamer and tanker Brian Vigneault, AKA 'PoShYbRiD,' a devoted player of World of Tanks and contributor to the Make-A-Wish foundation. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Source: Polygon

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The MOP Up: Free tanks for all! (February 12, 2017)

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 have stories and videos from H1Z1, Gloria Victis, Diablo 3Path of ExileRiftStar RaidersGiganticLineage MLeague of LegendsFish Island 2Wild Buster OnlineHeroes of Incredible TalesWorld of TanksGod Eater OnlineClosers Online, and Star Citizen, all waiting for you after the break!

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World of Tanks had a superbowl commercial, and it's... something else

So there was a World of Tanks commercial during the Superbowl. That's a thing that actually happened. And you can watch it just below, if you want to. And then you can scroll back up here, because... well. All well and good for the commercial to exist, yes, but then you have to consider what's in the actual commercial.

On the one hand, it's telling about how ubiquitous video games have become in 2017 that a commercial for one can be shown during the Superbowl. It's kind of surreal, on some level. This is now a mainstream hobby, even when it comes to online-only games like World of Tanks. On the other hand... well, look, just jump on down and watch the actual commercial. There's no better way to explain it. It's short, you've got time.

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The MOP Up: Guardians of Ember's iron heroes (February 5, 2017)

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 have stories and videos from Path of Exiles, Heroes and Generals, Age of Wushu 2, AionOverwatchGuardians of EmberWorld of TanksThe Black DeathAllods OnlineSkara, all waiting for you after the break!

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World of Warships gets guilds and new XP system, World of Tanks gets movie vehicles

World of Warships is rolling out its big 0.6.0 update today, complete with a ton of new commander skills, a new guild system called clans, graphical tweaks, balance changes, and its new XP type and scaling system, which you should definitely read up on, as Elite Commander XP and Free XP aren't spent the same way.

"Right now, every Commander has a maximum XP value. No Commander in the game can earn more XP than the amount of XP needed to earn 19 Skill Points. To become an Elite Commander, the Commander must earn the maximum amount of XP -- enough to earn 19 Skill Points. All XP earned over that value becomes Elite Commander XP. Elite XP is a new type of in-game currency. Elite XP does not accumulate on any single Commander but is stored in a common pool of Elite Commander XP on your account."

Meanwhile, over in tankland, Wargaming is touting the World of Tanks console re-addition of the Tiger 131 and Sherman Fury, both of which you've probably bumped into before if you ever saw the Brad Pitt-led movie Fury.

Videos for both updates are below!

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World of Warships will add 50 new ships this year

"A new journey lies ahead of us."

Wargaming is not dwelling on its accomplishments from last year in World of Warships; it has a laser-sharp focus on its goals for 2017. Britain's fleet will receive two new branches of ships, which will be part of the 50 additional seafaring vessels to the game by the year's end. Other ship branches, like Soviet destroyers, are slated for changes and revamps.

Legendary commanders is a new feature in the works, stemming from the studio's odd experiment with Steven Seagal last year. Players will be given more options, such as selectable command skills, new types of armament, and earnable ship upgrades.

Get your captain's briefing in the video below!

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Massively OP's Weirdest MMORPG Stories of 2016: That World of Warships Steven Seagal thing

We're counting down Massively OP's weirdest MMORPG stories of 2016!

Coming in at #2 in our countdown is that whole World of Warships Steven Seagal thing, detailed in a couple of different articles we got stuck writing this past summer.

Wargaming basically signed actor and dojo master Steven Seagall as a promotional figure, dubbing him a "personal Heroic Battle Advisor" for World of Warships, which is actually not a terrible game and doesn't deserve this, truly. It sort of sounds like a funny joke, like teaming up with budget Chuck Norris to sell cash-shop items, except it doesn't really come off that way -- maybe it's lost in translation. In the promo video, Seagal goes from uncomfortably touring the studio to playing a ukulele to deadpanning that The Missouri is his favorite battleship -- "because I was on The Missouri." That he was on The Missouri in a movie is never actually vocalized. Bizarre indeed.

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Dolph Lundgren promotes World of Tanks' Swedish lineup

Not content to let Steven Seagal hog all of the celebrity spotlight for Wargaming, former action star Dolph Lundgren has entered the scene to promote World of Tanks' new Swedish vehicle lineup. Lundgren will make an appearance as the game's "Swedish tanks ambassador" at Saturday's Wargaming Fest in Moscow.

Yes, because this is a strange industry, this franchise is now turning into The Expendables 4.

The Swedish tank and tank destroyer line up makes Sweden the ninth nation represented by the tank battler. There's a lot more coming to World of Tanks this month, including remastered sound effects, improved premium tanks, holiday ops (with presents!), and even a new year blitz. We've got the full video lineup for you after the break.

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World of Warships enters choppy waters with arguably test-to-win reward ship

What do you know about the USS Alabama? "It is a boat" is a perfectly acceptable answer in this context because that is correct! It is almost certainly a boat, and it is a boat that's causing quite a lot of trouble in the World of Warships community based on its means of acquisition. The short version is that it's being given out to select supertesters, players who dedicate an enormous amount of time and effort to testing the game's patches and offering feedback.

Why is this controversial? Well, it's a really good boat. Like, "very competitive in high-end gameplay" good. And there's no way to get it outside of dedicating a great deal of time to being a supertester and then getting selected to be given the boat, which also has an enormous amount of hull detailing (very important if you're the sort of person who knows about boats). In short, it's a really powerful boat that's more or less inaccessible for most players and only goes out to a very limited subset of players. That's... kind of unpleasant, yes? And it does nicely explain the boat controversy.

Source: Official Forums; thanks to JC for the tip!

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The MOP Up: The worst Overwatch players ever (December 11, 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 were fascinated with the inspiring tale of two Overwatch players who wanted to be the best at being the worst in the game. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from Wizard101Final Fantasy XI, Conan Exiles, and more, all waiting for you after the break!

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