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Betawatch: Guild Wars 2 continues its End of Dragons beta events

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It's been many long moons since Guild Wars 2 was really in beta, and if you were here when that happened... well, you're me....

Playable Worlds’ Raph Koster on why avatars traipsing across the metaverse are a major tech challenge

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Virtual worlds... how the eff do they work? Playable Worlds' Raph Koster has an idea or two, and he's dishing them out in a...

TitanReach’s angel investor says he funded it because the team is ‘passionate, hard working, and lucky’

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The latest weird chapter in the saga of TitanReach's development has been the game getting fully funded with no strings attached by a single...

Meet the Japanese esports team that’s composed of players age 66 to 73

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If you think that the twitch motor control and quick thinking of esports play means that people of a certain age are out of...
Like a boss.

Final Fantasy XIV is why Final Fantasy XI didn’t get a PlayStation 3 port

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If you're wondering why you never got a version of Final Fantasy XI to play on the PlayStation 3 (back in the years when the...

Riot hires Witcher 3’s lead quest designer for its MMO, imposes stiffer AFK penalties in League of Legends

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This news post is basically a grab bag of tidbits from Riot Games' projects. That's the lede. That's all the lede you're getting. I'm...
No screenshots yet, obviously.

Playable Worlds’ lead QA engineer on the industry’s problematic ‘godlike status’ for devs

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Playable Worlds, the outfit headed up by MMO designer Raph Koster and promising both a sandbox MMORPG and the metaverse, has a developer profile...

Fortnite might not be back on Apple’s app store for five years – or longer

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You know how kids' soccer teams line up after a match to give each other high-fives and "good games" in a show of sportsmanship?...

Riders of Icarus has apparently sunsetted its only Russian server

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Pour one out for Riders of Icarus aka Icarus Online, which apparently sunsetted its Russian server this week. As MMO Fallout first reported, the game...
Oh my.

Activision-Blizzard is now being investigated by four state and federal regulators as its top legal VP departs

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Yesterday, we covered the news that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is now investigating Activision-Blizzard in the wake of its ongoing sexual harassment...
FRUIT. FRUIT. FRUIT.

The Daily Grind: Is Blizzard right to ‘desexualize’ art in World of Warcraft?

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Last week, there was a big social media hubbub over World of Warcraft, as Blizzard quietly changed out a pair of obscure paintings in...
Not that kind of prison, silly!

The feds are now investigating Activision-Blizzard as the SEC subpoenas execs including Bobby Kotick

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Early on in our coverage of the Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit scandal, we noted that the company's response took some ineffective swipes...
Here we go with this nonsense again.

TitanReach plans its comeback after suddenly receiving full funding from a mysterious benefactor

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Apparently, some beneficent soul descended upon Square Root Studios' TitanReach and saw fit to bring the game back up from the dead. After the...
Traveling not.

Betawatch: Book of Travels begins teasing early access, again

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In the long saga of Book of Travels doing almost everything other than actually entering its promised early access state, this week marked an odd...

MMO Business Roundup: Discord’s funding, Bungie’s lawsuit, and harassment in online gaming

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business news. Discord: Investors love dumping money into Discord, and they're continuing the trend, as the...
Fired.

Kingdom Under Fire 2 is shutting down in October

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It's almost time to wave farewell to Kingdom Under Fire 2; publisher Gameforge has announced that the title will sunset for good on October 26th,...

Ashes of Creation snags former Elder Scrolls Online lead writer as new senior narrative designer

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It would be easy to assume that Ashes of Creation will be thin on lore owing to its PvP sandbox nature and its main...

Raph Koster’s plan is to build the metaverse tech, build a sandbox MMORPG on it, then open it all up

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If Raph Koster's metaverse talk has you more confused than before, then don't worry; his new more technical blog is going to scramble your...
All is vanity.

Conan Exiles is cracking down on toxicity and sploits on official servers

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Funcom appears to be cleaning up the Conan Exiles official servers, as this week it announced a change to its terms of conduct. It specifically...

Amazon Games hired a former Ubisoft Toronto boss to lead its new Montreal studio

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Amazon Games announced today that it's picked a new leader for its new Montreal-based studio: Alexandre Parizeau. If that name sounds familiar, it's because...

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