This year, we’re taking a time-machine back through our MMO coverage, month by month, to hit the highlights and frame our journey before we head into 2016.
Two stories dominated July 2015.
After Daybreak CEO John Smedley called out a Lizard Squad e-thug convicted of thousands of crimes — including the crime of making a terrorist threat on a plane Smed was on in 2014 — Daybreak itself was slammed with DDoS attacks, ultimately leading Smed to nuke his social media accounts and step down as CEO. Tributes flowed in his wake.
And then there was “Internet Warlord” Derek Smart, who kicked off the month by throwing punches at Star Citizen, presenting a list of demands to Chris Roberts, getting booted from backerdom, and then upping the ante by demanding Roberts resign in what has become the industry embarrassment of the year.
In happier news, July was also the month we opened our Marvel Heroes guild. Read on for a look at the best stories and articles of July 2015.
TOP NEWS STORIES OF JULY 2015
Smed calls out Lizard Squad e-thug convicted of 50,700 cybercrimes
Smedley isn’t backing down from tough talk about hackers
Daybreak slammed with apparent DDoS attack [Updated]
John Smedley relinquishes his post at Daybreak
Derek Smart says Star Citizen, ‘as has been pitched, will never get made’
Derek Smart calls for FTC investigation of Star Citizen’s finances, presents Chris Roberts with list of demands
The war of words between Derek Smart and Star Citizen continues
Derek Smart demands Star Citizen’s Chris Roberts resign, fronts $1M for audit
Roberts calls b.s. on Star Citizen’s feature creep police
Star Citizen dismisses ‘feature creep’ concerns, declares Star Marine has NOT been canceled
Final Fantasy XIV previews Alexander, claims 5M all-time subs
Mark Jacobs explains Camelot Unchained’s beta delay, confirms game title [Updated]
WoW’s last major Draenor raid is Hellfire Citadel
WildStar’s devs spill more on F2P transition
Reddit protest sees /r/gaming lock its doors
Daybreak overrules EverQuest progression server vote
Trion: Devilian has ‘all the features of your dream ARPG’
TERA is going berserk with its new update and new class tease
Former WildStar dev Stephan Frost is now WoW’s design producer
Cabal 2 launches right here, right now
The Warcraft movie might become a trilogy
RaiderZ is shutting down in August
ArcheAge’s skill queues lead to near-instant kill exploits [Updated]
Black Desert video review rips MMO beta as a ‘shallow game’
Revival’s Gonzalez: ‘This is a passion project and not a money grab’
Pro e-sports player admits using performance-enhancing drugs, says doping is widespread
Guild Wars 2 confirms the last Revenant legend is Shiro Tagachi
Playable Togrutas confirmed for SWTOR Update 3.3
Skyforge soft launches after technical issues
Guild Wars 2 confirms the Elementalist’s Tempest elite spec
Guild Wars 2 is up, WildStar is down in NCsoft’s 2015 Q2 financial report
FAVORITE EDITORIALS OF JULY 2015
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