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PlayStation 5 launch is officially the biggest console launch in history

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The PlayStation 5 has a lot to recommend it. It has backwards compatibility with a good library of games. It's rather nice to look at....
Work on a team.

Square-Enix announces a permanent program allowing employees to work from home

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Like many companies, Square-Enix had to embrace work-from-home options earlier this year to deal with lockdowns across Japan. It appears those programs were considered...

Mechwarrior Online’s Piranha Games is being bought out for $24M+

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If you were a bit surprised to see MechWarrior Online perk back up this fall after a long period...

CIG recruits Turbulent to open a new Montreal studio and build new star systems for Star Citizen

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Star Citizen developer CIG already has studios in the US, UK, and Germany. What it didn't have was a studio in Montreal, Canada,...

Fortnite’s new subscription option is a $12 monthly program called Fortnite Crew

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Earlier this month, we covered a leak that seemed to suggest Epic Games was once again reviving its plan to implement a subscription...
Are you, like... doing all right?

NCsoft Q3 2020: Guild Wars 2 just had its best revenue quarter in two years

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Let's get the best news for western players in this NCsoft financial report out first: Guild Wars 2 just saw a bit of...

We’re years away from an open beta for Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings MMO

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How far away is the next Lord of the Rings MMORPG? Years, fam, so get comfy where you are. The news comes via Wccftech,...
Do you... want to hang out, man?

Pantheon mourns the loss of technology lead Kurt ‘Molad’ Habetler

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A dark cloud has once again settled over Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen. Yesterday, Visionary Realms announced that it recently lost one of...

Twitch begins beta testing ‘multiplayer ads’ as the company’s co-founder leaves for his ‘next adventure’

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Twitch, as a business, is powered by ad revenue. It's a fact that viewers have to live with when watching their favorite streamers....

Roblox goes public on the stock market with an IPO filing, confirms it’s operating at a loss

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The massively popular online game-building game Roblox is going to toss its hat into the stock market ring. The company has officially...

In a year of low content, Rockstar wants Red Dead Online to feel like a ‘second life’

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When you hop into Red Dead Online, do you feel like a cowboy? That, apparently, is the hope, at least according to new...
Come home.

Superdata’s October 2020 report: Genshin Impact makes big bank, WoW is on the rise

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Congratulations are in order for Genshin Impact, which became October's highest-grossing title. In Superdata's new report, the crossplay title is deemed "an...

The Daily Grind: Do you follow the work of specific MMO developers?

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If you've been around the MMORPG genre a while, you start to realize that specific developer names pop up again and again. Some of...
Whee and such.

Betawatch: Blankos Block Party begins private beta with a fresh hotfix

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You never forget your first... hotfix. What did you think we meant? Blankos Block Party has gone into its first private beta,...
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Skyforge is playable on the newest console generation via cross-generation play

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Were you considering picking up a PlayStation 5, but didn't want to lose your progress in Skyforge? That's... kind of an odd decision, but...

New survey points to increase in hate and harassment in online multiplayer games

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The behavior of people in online games does not appear to be improving for the better. According to national survey results from the...
Who taught you math?!

Activision-Blizzard lays off more support staff, this time in the Asia-Pacific region

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(This piece has been updated with Blizzard's confirmation and an updated headcount of those affected.) UK publication MCV/Develop is reporting today that the global redundancies...
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is seemingly cracking down on orgs and ‘politics’ in-game

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Back in October, we reported on a move by Joe Biden's presidential campaign to create an island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons,...

MMO Business Roundup: Twitch affiliate mess, NFL esports, Skull & Bones boss ousted

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and games industry news relevant to our interests. First, Twitch is making waves - the bad...

For Science: Gaming is good for you, actually, suggests new Oxford study

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A new University of Oxford study published this week suggests that there's a "positive relation between game play and well-being." The paper itself hasn't...

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