LFM: Massively Overpowered is hiring columnists and freelancers


Massively OP has a crack news team and clever columnists, but our team has always been wee and can’t possibly cover the whole genre given how big it’s grown lately. Let’s fix that! As we’ve been teasing since the holidays, we’re going on the hunt for some MMO specialists to join our crew and pump out solid content for our readers, especially in areas where we’re lacking. Here’s exactly what we’re looking for:

  • A biweekly Elder Scrolls Online columnist (you will be alternating with Larry in Tamriel Infinium);
  • A biweekly or monthly Black Desert columnist (you will be resurrecting our old Desert Nomad column);
  • A biweekly columnist specializing in a broad spectrum of live and upcoming PvP-centric MMORPGs (like Crowfall, Ashes of Creation, Camelot Unchained, and Star Citizen but excepting EVE), potentially expanding to cover PvP in other MMO titles;
  • A reliable freelancer who specializes in not-so-massive multiplayer titles (online shooters, OARPGs, battle royale titles, and to a lesser extent MOBAs, including Fortnite, Apex LegendsAnthem, Destiny, and Diablo, but excepting Warframe and Path of Exile) and can be called on to write occasional features on titles in that area for an MMO-centered audience;
  • A reliable freelancer who specializes in mobile MMOs and can be called on to write occasional features on new titles in that area in our Massively on the Go column (alongside Andrew);
  • A reliable freelancer who specializes in previewing obscure MMOs and multiplayer titles that nobody else is paying any attention to and can be called on to write occasional features on titles in that area.

We’re not opposed to hiring a writer to do multiple columns, of course, so please apply for everything you’re qualified to cover in-depth. (Worth noting here is that we’ve already got additional plans in the works to add brand-new columns for superhero MMOs, sandbox MMOs, eastern imports, Warframe, and Path of Exile, and we’ve just added a new gaming pop-science column, early access column, and RP column, so we’re not hiring for those, although if you’re applying for an open position and think you could also contribute to these, do mention it in your application.)

To apply, you’ll need to have…

  • expertise in and genuine passion for the MMO industry and orbiting genres/games;
  • vivid writing, exceptional grammar, and snappy self-editing skills;
  • a gaming computer, reliable internet, and familiarity with WordPress blogging;
  • work eligibility wherever you’re located (18+), Slack access in your region, and a PayPal account;
  • a phone number and email address where we can reliably reach you; and
  • an understanding of and commitment to our ethics policy.

Please also tell us if you…

  • have experience with a writing style guide, particularly AP;
  • have experience with and access to MMOs on modern consoles;
  • live near a major con city like San Francisco, LA, New York, Seattle, Austin, Boston, Seoul, or Cologne;
  • are willing to attend events to which you’d have to travel;
  • fluently speak any languages besides English;
  • enjoy flexibility during daytime U.S. hours for media events; or
  • have experience with stream, podcast, or video production.

That said, we’re primarily looking for feature writers right now rather than experts in other media. Our team’s diversity is one of its strengths, and we encourage people of all stripes to apply. You don’t need a journalism degree or a professional resume; experience on your own MMO blog is just fine. All writers on Massively OP work remotely, and all articles and streams are paid, with opportunities for additional assignments and pitches.

To submit your application, please fill out our application form (now closed). We’ll ask you for basic contact information, publication links, and statements about your experience and ambitions. We don’t need attachments, images, formal resumes, or excessive formatting. Your application is your very first test at following directions and crafting prose, so please don’t make it easy to toss you into the bin!

There is no deadline; we’ll be reaching out to the strongest candidates as we go, and when we’re satisfied with our pool, we’ll close down the application. Please note that because of the number of applications we receive for call-outs like these, we cannot respond to all submissions, but we are happy to answer broad questions in the comments here.

Good luck, everyone! We’re excited to be expanding!

Update 3/11
Hi everyone! We’re closing down the applications as we think we’ve got more than enough now to make final decisions on columnists and freelancers. We’ll be contacting everyone who applied shortly about the status of their apps!
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