MMO Week in Review: The NetEase-Blizzard fireworks show

This is both awesome and an illustration of what's wrong.

World of Warcraft players got an extra dose of fireworks for Lunar New Year this week as NetEase clapped back at Blizzard, which apparently offered to extend the Chinese WoW license at the very last minute and then pouted when NetEase said no, having already laid off the team and destroyed its Warcraft orc statue. Unfortunately for the players, that means Blizzard’s games sunset tomorrow.

Meanwhile, we peered at Tencent’s WoW clone Tarisland, giggled at the latest War Thunder military docs leaks (plural), dipped into Final Fantasy XIV’s Gods Revel, Lands Tremble, mourned job losses for thousands of industry workers, and observed Ubisoft’s workforce prepare to strike following the company’s latest fiasco.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday (since 2010!) in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!



Every week, get caught up on the MMO genre’s latest news and Massively OP’s best content in our MMO Week in Review! Want more roundups of content? Try Friday’s Betawatch for MMO testing highlights, Saturday’s Make My MMO for MMO crowdfunding updates, and Sunday’s The MOP Up, which mops up all the bits of news we didn’t cover anywhere else.
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