MMO Week in Review: Blizzard’s bewildering business briefing


Blizzard dominated headlines this week as Blizzard counted its best quarter for monthly active players across all of its online games since it started reporting MAUs back in 2018, along with spiking revenues, largely thanks to Overwatch 2, or so we are left to assume without a breakdown. The studio did acknowledge that World of Warcraft’s Dragonflight sales haven’t surpassed Shadowlands sales, though western retention is “higher than recent expansions.” As we noted, we’ll have to wait another quarter or two to grok the full impact of the loss of the whole Chinese playerbase, unless Bobby Kotick goes on TV to talk about it first.

Meanwhile, multiple MMO communities erupted over the GShade malware scandal, and in more meta news, MOP turned eight years old this weekend, on top of the seven years we had at Old Massively in the Before Times. So happy birthday to our team and our community!

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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