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Important to MMO players primarily for its relationship to Blizzard aka Blizzard Entertainment.

Unions in Europe call on Blizzard employees in France to strike against the closure of the Versailles office

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Last week we had reported the unfortunate news that Blizzard would be shutting down an office in Versailles, France, displacing 285 employees who...

Riot Games is shuttering its Sydney, Australia, office as it sunsets its Oceanic Pro League

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Activision-Blizzard isn't the only company shuttering overseas holdings this week, it seems: Riot Games is closing one down too, this time the company's Sydney,...
But no badger.

Activision-Blizzard is reportedly shuttering its Versailles, France, office

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Activision-Blizzard is apparently closing down one of its offices, specifically the one in Versailles, France. The news comes from Bloomberg, which this morning...

The MOP Up: Life Beyond beefs up building

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Life Beyond's recent patch is a spot of good news for budding builders: "With this release, buildings get free energy so you don't...

Activision takes heat for poor female representation in its games over the last decade

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If for some reason you're not already annoyed enough with Activision-Blizzard right now, GIbiz has a new piece up that digs...

EA shareholders overwhelmingly reject excessive executive pay in latest vote

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Remember back in June when investment accountability group CtW was agitating against Activision-Blizzard's corporate finances, arguing that Bobby Kotick is grossly overpaid and...
This is what we were really missing.

New executive order could ban US transactions with Tencent – potentially bad news for gaming [Updated]

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File this one under "I was about to go to sleep when the internet erupted in an absolute panic over Tencent": Late this evening,...
Everything hurts.

Blizzard staffers confirm ‘honor point system,’ further exposing the company’s wage disparities

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This week we've been following Bloomberg's reports on Blizzard employees' attempts to secure pay and equitable pay for the gaming industry. Early...
But no badger.

‘Our mentors are leaving in droves’: Blizzard staff are organizing to demand better compensation

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Yesterday, we covered Bloomberg's report on how Blizzard employees were circulating a spreadsheet of their wages and raises in an effort to determine...

Activision-Blizzard Q2 2020: Year-over-year revenues are up for the first time in six quarters

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We're back with another dip into Activision-Blizzard's financials, this one Q2 2020, the first report since shareholders lambasted the company for excessive executive...
Swing and a hit, but also a miss.

Blizzard staffers agitate against poor worker pay as Activision-Blizzard rakes in billions

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Blizzard's labor practices have been under scrutiny over the last couple of years, propelled in large part due to mass-layoffs at the top...

Call of Duty gamers ignore pandemic-related safety orders at unofficial esports gathering

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I never got the impression that some players of Call of Duty are a particularly compliant bunch, and that assumption was not helped...
Sky sky sky

Vague Patch Notes: No Man’s Sky is the real reboot success story

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Whenever an MMO of any type has a launch that resembles the Nedelin catastrophe, people start talking about what the studio should do...

EA shareholders criticize ‘exorbitant’ executive pay, slam ‘payoffs for layoffs’

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Over the course of June, we covered attempts by Activision-Blizzard shareholders to agitate against the company's "Say-on-Pay" policy, which critics say effectively overpays...
Destined even further.

Former Bungie composer Martin O’Donnell calls the deal with Activision ‘bad from the start’

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The former Bungie composer Martin O'Donnell has spilled some pretty serious tea regarding the partnership with Activision, calling the deal "bad from the start"...

Activision-Blizzard shareholders say nay votes constitute ‘rebuke’ of company pay practices

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Earlier this month, we covered moves by Activision-Blizzard shareholders and long-term investor watchdogs to agitate voting against the company's "Say-on-Pay" policy. Critics argued...
This is what we were really missing.

Blizzard and Bethsoft donate for racial justice, Riot parts ways with troubling exec, and Raph Koster writes a song

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We've got a few more gaming-related Black Lives Matter stories to share this morning. Riot Games: First up, yesterday we reported that Riot...

MMO Business Roundup: Paradox signs union agreement, shareholders slam Activision-Blizzard

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Welcome back to another quickie roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent gaming industry business news. Activision-Blizzard is under fire yet again for its corporate management,...

Gaming events and patches are delayed, games taken offline to support Black Lives Matter protests

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The PC Gaming Show that was scheduled for Saturday has been postponed a week, PC Gamer announced last night. It'll run June 13th...

GeForce NOW lets game publishers opt-in, Guild Wars 2 and Albion Online decide to opt-out

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The stumble-stepped release of Nvidia's cloud-based games service GeForce NOW is having another wobbling point. Nvidia has elected to let game developers and publishers...

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