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The Daily Grind: Do you have a ‘port in the storm’ MMORPG?

Yesterday, we covered the news that Elder Scrolls Online is actually implementing queues and adding more capacity and new hardware to handle what...

MMO Business Roundup: Funcom financials, NetEase, Improbable’s BioWare roots, and a real-world battle royale

Welcome back to another MMO business roundup! Business business business! If you've been watching Funcom's financial reports since 2017 or so, you know that...

Blizzard bribes female employees to track their sex, pregnancy, and moods

Big Brother was so 1984. Now in 2019, it's all about Big Blizzard. Read this report over at Games Industry based on a...

Daybreak devs address the Z1 Battle Royale turmoil, vow ‘minimal disruption’

It's been a rocky week for Z1 Battle Royale, as developer NantG laid off a number of its staff before
All these PLAYERS wanting to DO STUFF!

Sea of Thieves on transitioning a live service, plus the Arena mode reveal

You know what's wild? When players buy an online game, they want stuff to do in that game. Not just one or two things...

Neowiz’s Bless studio is dissolving and merging back into Neowiz

It looks like Neowiz Bless Studio -- developer of Bless Online, if that wasn't immediately obvious -- is returning to the mothership, so...

Turbine founder Johnny Monsarrat reminisces about the early days of MMO development

It's good now and again to take a look back at how things used to be to really appreciate where we are now, and...
But seriously, what's Damien's deal this week?

Saturday Night Live takes a jab at The Division 2’s love of talking at you

Sometimes you just can't get an NPC to shut up in a video game. Sometimes you can't get multiple NPCs to shut up. And...

Black Desert has 18M registered players as Pearl Abyss counts $1B gross sales

If you're still reeling over the news that Black Desert is unceremoniously deleting its battle royale mode, Shadow Arena, from the game...

EVE Online has banned a CSM member (and real-world politician) over an NDA breach and insider trading

Who wants some EVE Online political drama to cap off the afternoon? CCP Games announced today that it has removed a member...

Kakao is permanently killing off Black Desert’s battle royale mode, Shadow Arena, this week

Dang, this was not the outcome we were expecting here: Kakao has announced it is outright sunsetting Black Desert's Shadow Arena mode. On...

MMO Week in Review: The myth of the BioWare magic

If you were hoping that if BioWare just kept its head down and buffed up Anthem, it could avoid the trainwrecks of...
It's right there.

The Daily Grind: What gives you cause to forgive MMO studios or publishers?

There are a lot of reasons people have to dislike NCsoft as a publisher. But oddly enough, if you're a fan of WildStar who has...

Make My MMO: Oath is the latest MMORPG to launch on Kickstarter

This week week in MMO crowdfunding, a new Kickstarter contender has entered the ring! The game is called Oath, and Ready-Up Studios is...

Valve and ZeniMax are among the publishers under EU investigation for illegal geo-blocking

A number of major games publishers are under a spotlight cast by the European Commission for breaking EU competition rules. Valve, ZeniMax, Bandai Namco,...
I'm fine. We're fine. This is fine. Everything's fine like wine.

Betawatch: Ashes of Creation shares notes on nodes

The developers behind Ashes of Creation aren't about to let a little thing like delays prevent them from telling you a bunch...
I HAVE COME AFLAME

NantG says it’s handing Z1 Battle Royale back to Daybreak – it’s not sunsetting, but there were layoffs

Yesterday, we broke the news that Z1 Battle Royale looked to be in serious trouble based on developers stating publicly that they'd been...

Lawful Neutral: The future of MMO game design in a streaming gaming world

It’s been an interesting few weeks for gaming. We saw the announcement of Google’s game streaming service, Stadia, and then Apple’s subscribe-to-access game...

Massively Overthinking: If an MMO item is buyable with gold, does that excuse its presence in the cash shop?

This week's Overthinking topic comes from longtime MOP reader and commenter Sally Bowls. It's about monetization, but it's a nuanced argument we don't...

Rumor: Z1 Battle Royale, H1Z1’s PC version, seems to be in big trouble as devs confirm layoffs

Note: We'll be updating this piece at the end with the latest, and we've also put out a second piece here with NantG's...

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