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The ESA says a crapton of game companies are finally embracing lockbox transparency

Under pressure from no less than the US Senate, the FTC held the first of its planned video game monetization workshops today, and...

US Federal Trade Commission outlines the agenda for a lootbox-related workshop on August 7

Conversations, studies, and outright rancor over video game lockbox practices have caught the notice of several world governments as readers of MOP already know,...
A bunny must jump.

Square-Enix Q1 2019 financials: Final Fantasy XIV helps drive revenue spike

One brings shadow, one brings the light, but Shadowbringers itself brings great financial results. The results for the first quarter of the financial year...

Working As Intended: We’re all full up on moral panics right now, but thanks

It's no great secret that MMORPG fans fall toward the middle of the age spectrum, given the history and peak of our genre. This...

Nexon’s PC and mobile consolidation ends up with employee layoffs after all

It looks as if rumored efforts to merge PC and mobile divisions weren't just rumors, and according to Gamasutra, the company has...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG boasts the most outrageously oversized weapons?

Last week, an old friend of my family (who happens to be an amazing photographer) uploaded a fab shot of a statue of...

Nexon aims to fully acquire Patrick Söderlund’s Embark Studios with a stock buyout

On the heels of multiple financial news bursts, Nexon has decided to spend money on a studio once again. This time the cash splash...
No, you don't get to be awful here.

Roblox celebrates 100 million monthly users with a special shoulder accessory

We all know that Roblox is one of those games that no one seems to know anyone who's actively playing even as it...

Researcher stomps the ‘lockboxes are Kinder Eggs’ defense into paste

Most if not all of us pretty much felt the same way Dr. Daniel King, senior research assistant from the School of Psychology at...
Be here now.

Make My MMO: City of Titans devs release lore novel, Ship of Heroes talks character creation beta

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Kickstarted City of Heroes spiritual successor City of Titans released a novel penned by Jack Snyder from Missing...

LOTRO Legendarium: A timeline of Lord of the Rings Online from 1994 to 2019

When I wrapped up writing my previous LOTRO column on the game's first year of live operation, I felt that I had left...

NCsoft Q2 2019 financials: Guild Wars 2 may be eyeing a mobile version (again)

Those with long memories might recall that way back in 2010 prior to Guild Wars 2's launch, ArenaNet made a (small) bit...

The Daily Grind: Which MMORPG offers the best farming and gardening experience?

Not gonna lie, I really like farming in MMOs. No, not the grindy kind of farming, just the actual process of farming crops on...
Huh.

Betawatch: Astellia has giveaways, features, and loyalty for its second beta

Gosh, Astellia is going hard on its beta testing, isn't it? Like, almost to a surprising degree. Sure, you sort of expect

Red Dead Online teases new roles as watchdog group questions Rockstar’s tax history

Red Dead Online has been a bit of a non-entity this year, contrary to our hopes anyway. The MMO-ish version of Red Dead...

Massively Overthinking: Thoughts and predictions on Guild Wars 2’s next big thing

Last week, Guild Wars 2 put an end to the whining about info droughts by promising a big reveal of living story...
Well, this blows.

Leyou states it has plans for both Transformers Online and Civilization Online

Remember Leyou? It's the same company that's working on a new Lord of the Rings title in concert with Amazon, you know. Turns out...

Exposé tracks how one dude fudged a whole company and swindled 25 devs over an MMO

MMO players aren't the only people who get scammed by games that sound too good to be true. Kotaku has a piece up...
Walkers?

Riders of Icarus changes publishers as Nexon’s contract for the game runs out

Apparently, it has been three years since Riders of Icarus arrived in North America, but apparently that time also represents the end of...

Alpha MMO battle royale Mavericks has been canceled as its company enters bankruptcy

Mavericks is toast, I'm sorry to report this morning. GIbiz caught a notice posted on the website of the game's company, UK-based...

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