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Xbox’s Phil Spencer insists Microsoft’s mass-layoffs position it for future growth, somehow

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Everyone just loves Phil Spencer these days, right? Oh, right, all the layoffs. Probably not, then. But according to a recent interview with Game...
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Microsoft’s layoffs will result in over 800 cut Activision-Blizzard jobs in March

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As Microsoft workers reel from news of impending mass-layoffs of 1900 employees, we've received more clarity on which specific Activision-Blizzard teams are being slashed...

Activision faces $680M lawsuit from Call of Duty esports pros over allegedly monopolist tourney terms

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The way in which Activision has been managing its esports tournaments for Call of Duty is now undergoing legal scrutiny, as last week saw...
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Blizzard is laying off over 126 people from its support center in Ireland

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The massive culling of 1,900 workers by Microsoft looks to have had a significant global impact, as Ireland's minister for foreign affairs Michéal Martin...

Diablo IV lands on Xbox Game Pass March 28, Sea of Thieves will expand to PS5 and the Switch

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During the much-touted Xbox podcast this afternoon, we learned not just that only four Xbox titles will be set free for other consoles but...
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Microsoft insists Activision-Blizzard was planning on mass layoffs before the merger

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As we've been covering, earlier this week the FTC filed a complaint to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, alleging that Microsoft misrepresented itself...
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Former Overwatch 2 lead vfx artist calls out Blizzard for deceptive promotion and pay behavior

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Workers and former workers at the various substudios at Activision-Blizzard have been calling it out as an unpleasant workplace for a while now since...
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FTC files a complaint against Microsoft following Activision Blizzard layoffs

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When Microsoft outlined its plans for what would happen following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, one of the things that the company stated was...

Obituary: Former Free Realms creative director Laralyn McWilliams has passed away

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I'm sorry to report this morning that game developer Laralyn McWilliams has passed away at the age of 58. MMO fans will remember her...

MMO Business Roundup: Krafton likes AI, Call of Duty moderation, and German lockbox regulation push

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. We've got a lot to cover, so let's dive right in. Krafton pushes AI...

Wayfinder studio Airship Syndicate is laying off a dozen staff as execs reduce their own pay

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If you've seen the rumors on Twitter this afternoon that Wayfinder's team is suffering layoffs, well, I'm sorry to report that they're true, and...
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Johanna Faries is the new president of Blizzard following Mike Ybarra’s ouster

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Following last week's layoffs, it didn't seem likely that the potentially frozen throne at the head of Blizzard Entertainment would remain vacant for long....

What we knew about Blizzard’s now-dead survival game, Odyssey

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The history of Blizzard's game development includes a graveyard full of titles that never made it to launch, including the likes of Starcraft Ghost,...
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Microsoft lays off 1900 workers: Blizzard sheds Mike Ybarra, its survival game, and its customer support in one day

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We've updated this story at the bottom with some of the latest news that has come forth about the scope of the layoffs and...
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Former Activision-Blizzard exec files lawsuit that alleges the studio fired him for being old and white

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Discrimination can certainly take a wide assortment of forms, but the culture that has been fostered within Activision-Blizzard has mostly been one that threatens...

Following Bobby Kotick’s exit, former ABK devs call out his toxic management and Overwatch 2 sabotage

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Now that Bobby Kotick has floated away from Activision-Blizzard on a doubtlessly diamond-encrusted platinum parachute, some former developers at Blizzard are feeling confident enough...

Bobby Kotick finally departs Activision-Blizzard next week, but Microsoft will keep some of his execs

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Bobby Kotick - a man who somehow hung onto his job even after The Wall Street Journal published the revelation that he'd threatened to...
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QA employees accuse Activision-Blizzard of a ‘soft layoff’ after studios mandate a return to offices in January

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Activision-Blizzard is once again electing to mistreat its QA employees according to a statement from the A Better ABK proto-union, which accuses the company...

Activision-Blizzard settles its 2021 California Civil Rights department lawsuit for $50M

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Who here wanted one final reminder before the end of the year that we live in a cursed capitalist hellscape where justice can be...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO predictions for 2024

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It's time once again for the MOP staff and readers to engage in our favorite end-of-the-year MMO: collectively guessing what's going to happen next...

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