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Lawsuit accuses Activision and Facebook of partial blame in deadly 2022 school mass shooting

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The 2022 mass shooting that took place at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is one of the most shameful events in the US...
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Betawatch: Dune Awakening is sanding out closed beta invites

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Who here likes sand? If you like sand, this is your week for Betawatch because first and foremost there are reports that Dune Awakening...
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Co-op raiding roguelike Rabbit & Steel celebrates passing 100,000 copies sold

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When you're a solo indie developer, it's hard to know when a game is going to resonate with a potential audience, especially when that...

Helldivers 2 CEO steps down into a lead developer role and outlines his general vision for improvements

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The name of Johan Pilestedt has been one of the more memorable ones for fans of Helldivers 2, particularly for his candid level of...

For Science: Fandom’s survey shows a majority of gamers play to unwind and de-stress

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I know you'll all be shocked to learn that people play games to have fun and chill out, but in the current industry, sometimes...
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MMO Business Roundup: Nexon’s Q1 2024, Microsoft’s AI fiddling, XDefiant’s monetization

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of some MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! This time around, we've got only one first quarter report to...

Amazon Games opens new studio in Romania to support ‘ambitious long-term roadmap’

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As large parts of the games industry contract, Amazon Games is buying the dip and expanding with a new game dev studio in Bucharest,...

Make My MMO: Wagadu’s untimely end, Legends of Aria’s new beginning

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The grave is claiming another Kickstarted MMORPG: The Wagadu Chronicles developer Twin Drums announced in May that it'll throw in the towel on the...

Activision opens a new studio in Poland for work on ‘narrative-based and genre-defining AAA franchise’

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Apparently Microsoft subsidiary Activision thinks now is a good time to open a new studio and put together a team to develop an entirely...

NCsoft Q1 2024: Guild Wars 2 is on one hell of a revenue streak as Throne & Liberty stalls

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NCsoft's Q1 2024 financial report is a tale of two worlds as mobile games continue their decline in popularity. Corporate revenues fell 17% compared...

Beloved Dungeons and Dragons Online dev Quentin Cantor leaves SSG

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The word is starting to get around that Dungeons and Dragons Online recently saw one of its beloved developers depart Standing Stone Games. Quentin...

Dauntless and Fae Farm dev Phoenix Labs has laid off another 100+ people in latest restructure

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I'm sorry to add to the endless parade of bad news today, but this afternoon, we learned that Dauntless and Fae Farm studio Phoenix...
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EG7 Q1 2024: Daybreak still mum on PlanetSide 2, new H1Z1 game hires lead designer

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It's not even been two weeks since Daybreak owner EG7 published its 2023 annual financial report, which of course omitted everything relevant that happened...

Interview: Wayfinder’s AJ LaSaracina on the Echoes transition, launch, and long-term plans

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Following yesterday's surprise reveal that Airship Syndicate is planning to transition the always-online MMO looter shooter Wayfinder into a buy-to-play online-optional title - without...

Ubisoft cancels The Division Heartland in spite of record annual corporate revenues

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There's a big blast of bad news for Ubisoft and everyone else coming out of the company's latest financial report: The company has outright...

Palia studio Singularity 6 has been slammed with yet another layoff round

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Singularity 6, the studio behind beta cozy MMO Palia, is dealing with yet another round of layoffs this week, following a round back in...
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Stop Killing Games opens worldwide petitions and shares a UK government response in update video

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Readers will likely remember that last month we reported on the Stop Killing Games initiative, a grass roots campaign started by YouTuber Ross Scott...

Albion Online has broken its population record again with 358K concurrent players

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Last week we noticed that Albion Online had busted through its peak Steam concurrency numbers, setting a new record for the game on that...
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Square-Enix confirms that layoffs are coming to US and EU employees in June

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Yesterday we reported on Square-Enix's first quarter outlook for 2024, in which it announced among other things that it plans to "rebuild its ...

MMO Business Roundup: Krafton and Roblox post Q1 2024 gains while Unity bleeds nearly $300M

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of some MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! And this time around, it's the Oops! All Q1 Reports edition!...

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