Massively OP’s 2020 Awards: Best MMO Event of 2020

    
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MassivelyOP’s end-of-the-year awards for 2020 continue today with our award for Best MMO Event of 2020, which was awarded last year to AdventureQuest 3D for its KORN and Alice in Chains concerts. In previous years, we’ve expanded this award beyond holidays to include studio-led and player-led events across the whole spectrum of the genre. After all, MMOs aren’t just about mega-updates; plenty of online games revolve around dynamic events, competitive tournaments, and social celebrations! Don’t forget to cast your own vote in the just-for-fun reader poll at the very end!

And the MassivelyOP staff pick for the Best MMO Event of 2020 is…

EVE ONLINE’S WORLD WAR BEE 2

Andy McAdams: I’ll be biased here – I really loved one of the microholidays in WoW: the Kirin Tor Bar Tour.

Brianna Royce: I thought EVE Online’s ongoing world war deserved the nod this year, largely because this is an entirely player-directed event, it’s massive, it involves almost everyone in the whole game, it’s dramatic, it actually has an impact on the political dynamics of the server, and CCP has properly capitalized on promoting it for its own benefit. That’s way better than anything a developer could manage top-down by itself. Power to the players.

Chris Neal: Guild Wars 2’s April Fools cats. Gigantic cats. I’m not sure I need to say more. Runner-Up: Fortnite concerts.

Eliot Lefebvre: It’s pretty crazy how EVE has another huge war against The Jerks.

Justin Olivetti: EVE’s WWB2. There are always plenty of carefully crafted developer events, but player events that really take off always are more special. The multi-month World War Bee 2 was an event for the history books and indicative of what virtual worlds are capable of doing if given enough freedom and tools.

MJ Guthrie: AQ3D Battle Concerts and the Dual Universe puzzle event. Although the Battle Concerts began with the inaugural Korn event last year, (and even won the MOP’s best event in 2019), this year’s was even bigger and better, including introducing a really great feature called a trove. With this, as players collect the event cosmetics they added via quest to the trove — a place that acts as a wardrobe allowing players to access each piece without having to take up precious inventory slots. For Dual Universe, the massive system-wide puzzle event was very impressive and intriguing. I really love events that are outside the box and test limits. I’d love to see more creativity and ways to bring people together in events. While not an MMO (and not quite an event like a holiday would be), I’d like to mention Warframe’s Nightwave series The Glassmaker; it, too, broke out of the mold by having us investigate crime scenes and decipher the clues to solve the mystery.

Sam Kash: AQ3D concerts. It’s just too random and amazing.

Tyler Edwards: LOTRO’s Bilbo memorial.

EVE Online’s World War Bee 2 took our award for Best MMO Event of 2020. What’s your pick?

Reader poll: What was the best MMO event of 2020?

  • EVE's World War Bee 2 (47%, 247 Votes)
  • Dual Universe's puzzle event (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Fortnite's We the People panel (0%, 0 Votes)
  • LOTRO's Bilbo event for Ian Holm (10%, 52 Votes)
  • ROBLOX's Lil Nas X concert (1%, 5 Votes)
  • EVE's COVID research citizen science effort (10%, 55 Votes)
  • AQ3D Battle Concerts (3%, 15 Votes)
  • Warframe's Nightwave series The Glassmaker (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Fortnite's Tenet trailer event (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Any of WoW's micro events (3%, 17 Votes)
  • LOTRO's Weatherstock (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2's April Fools cats prank (6%, 34 Votes)
  • Fortnite's Travis Scott concert (3%, 17 Votes)
  • Guild Wars 2's suicide prevention events (6%, 32 Votes)
  • Something else (please do tell us in the comments!) (3%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 457

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How does MassivelyOP choose the winner?
Our team gathers together to nominate and discuss candidates and hopefully settle on a consensus winner. We don’t have a hard vote, but we do include written commentary from every writer who submitted it on time so that you can see where some of us differed, what our secondary picks were, and why we personally nominated what we did (or didn’t). The site’s award goes to the staff selection, but we’ll include both it and the community’s top nomination in our debrief in January.
How does MassivelyOP populate this poll?
Poll options include all events nominated plus a few others we thought should be included.
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Sykes

Biased to a limited set of games I played, but I liked DDO’s hardcore league events. They breathed life into the game for me, and were especially helpful when the pandemic was at its worst here in Shanghai (season 2 ended about the same time that Shanghai contained the virus, and we’ve been fortunate enough to be largely free of it since due to extremely strict measures).

Wow’s anniversary event with the classic Alterac Valley map was particularly good this year. Wasn’t old enough for it to be nostalgic, but it was something I wanted to experience without the slower pace of actually playing classic.

Not an MMO, but Age of Empires 2 would win for me if it qualified. Nearly every month had a new, unique event with unlockable profile icons or client-side cosmetic mods that would change the way units looked. Standouts were the Mongol event with friend leaderboards, battle royale event, and massive tournaments sponsored by Microsoft (Hidden Cup, World Cup, King of the Desert).

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Stephen Montalvo

LOTRO. Aragorn and Arwens wedding. More impressive than even Peter Jackson could make it, and Everyone from 14 years was invited.

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Giggilybits

Didn’t Fortnite have a blackhole event effectively turning off the game for a few days? Now that takes courage.

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Ruby Lancer

The problem with that is that it really wasn’t all that eventful or amazing. It was just a fancy way to cover up them doing server maintenance in prep for their massive update.

In addition, if you’re going to praise them for doing that, then you need to do similar for other MMOs as well. SE did a massive event, even with its own cinematic at the end of it, when they were bringing down the XIV servers at the end of 1.0’s life so that the team could focus all its efforts on remaking the game.

Hell, Blizzard does similar events just about every time they’re ready to release a new expansion!

The only reason Fortnite’s got any attention is mainly just due to the massive popularity the game has (or had depending on how you feel things have gone for it over the past few years), and people just not looking in to see if anything like that had been done before in the genre, just thinking that it hadn’t because of things.

Also, and most likely the ultimate reason, said Black Hole event happened in 2019.

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BalsBigBrother

While non of the artist involved were my jam or even my marmalade (let’s face it BBB you old fart most folks that are your jam are dead.) um where was I? Oh yeah not my jam I do think the concerts in the various games were a cool idea.

The negative to that good is the way the music industry squandered any good will with all the DMCA takedown issued to streamers and so on throughout the rest of the year. You all need to work that sh.. um stuff out because as it stands now everyone is losing.

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Sorenthaz

Sadly the DMCA junk is unlikely to change anytime soon. Not when we’ve got so many older politicians who don’t know any better and then younger politicians who are likely paid off by corporate interest groups.

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Hostagecat

How did you guys even miss out on the annual Gnome Run in wow? Its fun to participate and some folks coordinated with Breast Cancer charities.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

As an ongoing participant in said event for the last 22 weeks, I thank you for your support.