MMO Week in Review: Blizzard loses 18M players, Mad World fumbles its launch


Blizzard dominated the MMO headlines this week, though not really for good reasons, as UK regulators blocked Microsoft’s Activision-Blizzard buyout and the company rushed out its financials to counter stock hits. Unfortunately, the numbers weren’t good for Blizzard, as its revenues looked good only against Q1 2022 (which was its worst quarter in over a decade) and it lost 40% of its monthly active users – essentially wiping out all the gains of the last nine months. The mess prompted World of Warcraft players to wonder what the heck Blizzard can do to pull the game out of its slump.

Meanwhile, Mad World stumbled at its launch, Aion Classic Europe finally arrived, Throne & Liberty appeared to have confirmed its delay, we examined New World’s first season in detail, and another MMO studio earned boos for swapping forums for Discord.

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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