MMO Business Roundup: Fractured Space, Runic Games, Michael Jordan esports, Epic investment, and the China problem

    
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Welcome back to another quick trip through some of the week’s business bits and bobs.

First up, some bad news. Edge Case’s gorgeous F2P MOBA Fractured Space is ending development and essentially going into maintenance mode “for the foreseeable future.” The good news? It’s gone truly free and the team has fully removed premium currency from the game. (via RPS)

Wondering what happened to the folks from Runic Games after Perfect World closed them down? Eight of them have apparently founded Monster Squad, secured funding, and aim to publish a co-op title that involves players early in development.

ESPN reported this week that NBA legend Michael Jordan invested a chunk of his fortune in Team Liquid parent company aXiomatic – yes, that’s real sports stars investing in e-sports, folks.

Fortnite studio Epic Games has picked up even more money to swim around in: $1.25 billion in venture capitalFortnite’s also got branded Nerf guns coming.

Finally, Bloomberg noted that the games release situation in China is looking worse, not better. MMO readers will recall that Chinese regulatory agencies had all but stopped approving new games for release in the country, both domestic and foreign. Now, it appears even the limited “green channel” approval system has been closed.

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ARussles

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flyingltj

I still don’t care about esports.

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Cyro-Nydd

Good. Catering to Chinese censorship has been a major bottleneck in games and cinema creativity lately. While I feel sorry for my Gamer contemporaries over in China, I’d be happy if creatives can continue to create, unfettered by weird rules forbidding the mention of magic or the representation of bony undead races. Those that remember the Undercity bakery debacle will know what I mean.

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donvweel

Fractured Space is a good game that deserves to be more popular, like most space games is a little difficult to get started.

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Cypher

Agreed, its the only game of this type that I actually enjoyed… though I didn’t really equate it with a MOBA, more a team deathmatch space shooter a’la world or warships… unless that’s a MOBA too… either way, it’s actually pretty good. Might have to try Dreadnought as an alternative.

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Sorenthaz

Also not gonna lie, that Fortnite Nerf gun looks pretty meh compared to the Overwatch stuff that’s been teased. ‘course I guess the Fortnite ones are aimed at younger kids so they’ll be happy with anything that has Fortnite’s name on it.

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Sorenthaz

Rick Fox is the owner of esports organization Echo Fox and Shaq is one of the big names behind NRG, so basketball stars investing into esports isn’t anything super new.

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Randy Savage

Michael Jordan is a notorious gambler, so yeah.