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Artifact’s playerbase is already dropping fast, just like the value of its cards

It was years ago that Magic: the Gathering fans learned a very simple fact about collectible card games: Cards are toys, not investments, and...
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ZeniMax and Oculus have finally settled their multi-year lawsuit – out of court

When John Carmack and ZeniMax settled their long-running legal dispute earlier this fall, we noted that the companies were continuing to appeal how...
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Dauntless corrects the height of its CE statue and apologizes for the error

Bad news, Dauntless fans; if you're getting the game's Collector's Edition, your Pangar statue will not be as expected. By which we mean it...

Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Best MMO Business Model of 2018

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for the MMO with the Best Business Model, which was awarded jointly to World...
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now being review-bombed on Steam

We all know how Valve (owner of Steam) hates moderating things, right? Especially down to more or less fighting review bombing simply by telling...

China’s Online Games Ethics Committee lifts year-long ‘freeze’ on game licenses but bars multiple games

As MMO players will recall, in March of this year, the Chinese government put a freeze on reviewing and approving video games for...

Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Biggest MMO Surprise of 2018

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for the Biggest MMO Surprise of 2018, which is a new meta-award for MOP...

The International Olympic Committee casts doubt on the inclusion of esports at the Olympics

The tug-of-war over whether esports should be included at the Olympic Games is becoming its own sport. In 2017, statements from the Paris...

UK parliament committee will investigate addictive tech, lootboxes, and harmful gamification

Given that UK researches this year found a "relationship between problem gambling and the use of loot boxes" as well as determined that...
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South Korea now has a law criminalizing the act of boosting in online games

Let's say you really care about your competitive rank in a video game, but you don't have the time to actually practice and get...

Anthem player learns why you don’t break NDAs. Or why you don’t use Origin. It’s one of those.

With the line between live and beta in online games blurring more and more by the year, it's no wonder some folks have gotten...
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Former Square Enix America CEO advises Bethesda and Blizzard to learn from Final Fantasy XIV

If you somehow managed to miss the news (perhaps due to extended undersea exploration missions or an archaeological adventure in the jungles of South...

EVE Evolved: How could Project Nova live up to its true potential?

I think it's fair to say that EVE Online developer CCP Games hasn't had much success when it comes to avatar-based gameplay....

Make My MMO: Legends of Aria’s rocky early access, Ashes of Creation’s Apocalypse

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, Legends of Aria rolled into early access after postponing its Steam-specific early access into the new...

Anthem doesn’t need whales to succeed, says BioWare’s Mike Gamble

It's fairly common knowledge that many games with microtransactions tend to rely heavily on big-spending "whales" to keep their finances in the black and...
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Betawatch: Legends of Aria pushes back its Steam early access

It's been a week of some speed bumps for Legends of Aria; after it reset progress with its karma system ahead of its...

Daybreak has suffered another round of layoffs, between 60 and 70 people

It's Friday afternoon, which often portends bad news. Tonight, we're looking at more Daybreak layoffs. Massively OP understands that between 60 and 70 people may have been affected. Former SOE/Daybreak President John Smedley acknowledged the news on Twitter with a little bit of shade thrown in for good measure. The H1Z1 team working through NantWorks also tweeted its condolences.

A judge has dismissed another chunk of Crytek’s Star Citizen engine lawsuit

Happy Christmas, Cloud Imperium. MOP readers will recall that almost exactly a year ago, Crytek sued Star Citizen developer CIG, alleging that CIG infringed...

Ask Mo: The hits and misses of Massively OP’s 2018 predictions

As we do every year, today we're going to peek back at the horrifying outcomes of last year's MOP staff predictions for the genre and the games within it to determine how well we did. After all, what would be the fun of making predictions if we couldn't giggle over our guesses a year later? So did we nail it or fail it? And did you fare better? Let's find out.
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now free-to-play with a new battle royale mode

Gosh, the mighty have fallen when it comes to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The game isn't hemorrhaging players like certain other titles, but it...

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