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Death threats against Square-Enix management employees force the company to cancel tournaments in Japan

There seems to be a rather alarming trend of people threatening horrible things to employees of Square-Enix. Hot on the heels of threats made...

Activision-Blizzard hires two new corporate employees

The corporate offices of Activision-Blizzard are welcoming two new faces in the form of a new chief marketing officer (which sounds like an ad...
One last round.

Betawatch: World of Warcraft: Classic wraps up its testing time

There's one last round of testing for World of Warcraft: Classic in the bank, one last chance for everyone who wants to...
WHAT THE NOW

Lawful Neutral: The long fall of Project Copernicus’ 38 Studios

There are some MMO stories that are just unbelievable. They are so warped convoluted and confusing that we think there's no possible way it...
My expectations weren't that I would be jumping into this right away, but...

The Soapbox: No, the MMO genre is not dead – but it could use a little positivity

One of my favorite idioms is "dead as a doornail." It always reminds me of the time I got sent out of my 10th...

Here’s how Discord says it’s been addressing toxicity and spam

It's nearly impossible to be a gamer in 2019 and not be at least familiar with Discord, the ubiquitous chat program that's replaced, in...

Massively Overthinking: The first 10 minutes of an MMO

So here's the thing about Elder Scrolls games: Most of them start out with the same hook. From Morrowind to Oblivion to Skyrim, you...
We never claimed to be saints.

Anthem and BioWare lose lead producer Ben Irving

Man, it's not been the best year for Anthem, has it? BioWare's multiplayer shooter certainly underperformed and seems to be slipping into obscurity...

Space colony MMO Seed raises $22.3 million with help from LEGO (seriously)

If Scrooge McDuck piles of money are enough to get you excited about the possibility of developing games, then jump into the moneybin that...

Leaderboard: Does the ESA’s new transparent lockbox policy go far enough?

Last week, just as the FTC's video games monetization abuse investigation got underway, the ESA announced that many of the major and minor games...

Former Riot devs form well-funded Singularity 6 to build a ‘virtual society’ MMO

MMOs are dead, huh? No less than the likes of ex-Riot Games devs say not so fast. New(ish) studio Singularity 6 - led...

Former 38 Studios boss Curt Schilling contemplates run for Congress

You folks remember 38 Studios, right? The studio at the heart of one of the most scandalous fiascos in the whole MMO genre?...

DayZ will be censored globally over Aussie ban, and nobody will say it’s because drugs, but it’s probably because drugs

Remember last week when we mentioned that DayZ was running into regulatory problems down under? The reigning Australian games rating board - the...

The Daily Grind: Is the MMO genre dead or dying – or something else entirely?

PC Gamer made waves across the MMO genre this week with an article provocatively titled "For MMO diehards, there's only one conversation: is...

MMO Business Roundup: Threats on Square Enix, Netmarble’s weak Q2, and Steam’s Workshop scammers

Welcome back to another roundup of business tidbits relevant to the MMO industry! Square Enix: First up, another edition of why we can't have...
Huh.

Zenith is a new SpatialOS cyberpunk VR MMORPG – and its Kickstarter just went live

Here's something new for fans of gaming with a headset: Zenith, a VR MMO in development right now from Ramen VR, aiming...

The APA rejects link between video games and real-world violence

We're probably preaching to the choir with this one, but did you know that there is still no proven link between video games and...

The 2015 ArcheAge lawsuit finally nears a conclusion in the form of a settlement agreement

Lawsuits can be pretty long, but this one was a doozy. Let's review: In 2015, several ArcheAge players filed a class action...

Q2 2019 financials: Black Desert’s Pearl Abyss rakes in huge profits, builds six new games

You read that headline right. Six. Pearl Abyss has had an absolute banger of a second quarter according to its most recent financial...
And this fad can end any time now, I'm not going to lie.

Fortnite hit with data breach lawsuit, Fortnite champ is swatted live on stream

Epic Games and Fortnite are not having the best week. First, according to Polygon, the company's been hit with a class-action lawsuit...

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