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Hearthstone applies balance adjustments to Battlegrounds, Duels, and several of its latest cards

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With Hearthstone's March of the Lich King expansion now almost two months old, the devs of the online CCG have had time to take...

World of Warcraft 10.0.7 returns players to the Forbidden Reach, proliferates the Monk class to more races

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Yesterday, we speculated that with Activision-Blizzard's Q4 financials looming and bad news for Blizzard happening pretty much every day now, we'd likely start seeing...
All things go, all things go.

World of Warcraft Classic now lets Oceanic PvP players queue with the Americas

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There's nothing worse than sitting in a long queue for an activity, and Oceanic PvP players of World of Warcraft Classic have had to...
Cool out.

World of Warcraft preps the Trading Post, begins the Storm’s Fury event, and tweaks classes in latest patch

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Today marks the day when World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is getting its first post-launch patching, and while it might not be teeming with top-flight...

Blizzard’s Proletariat ends bid to unionize after unionbusting tactics succeed

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Activision-Blizzard's latest efforts to head off worker unions were apparently successful: Union group Communication Workers of America has ended its bid to launch a...
Fine, whatever.

WoW Classic just lost its team lead Brian Birmingham over Blizzard’s toxic evaluation system

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Blizzard has apparently opted to pick yet another pointless fight that makes it look absolutely terrible, this time with well-liked World of Warcraft Classic...

Diablo Immortal maps out new class, narrative quests, fishing, and new competitive mode for 2023

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If you're invested (hopefully not too monetarily) in Diablo Immortal enough that you're looking forward to more content to the mobile ARPG, then you'll...
I'm horny for money!

Class action law firm probes Diablo Immortal over false advertising claims

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This is a story about a gem in Diablo Immortal known as the Blessing of the Worthy, an item that could only be found...

Halo Infinite and Elder Scrolls Online teams were hit by Microsoft’s 10,000-person layoff

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Yesterday's Microsoft layoffs were just as bad as anticipated - 10,000 jobs slashed in one day - and it gets worse for gamers, as...
Mad fake mode.

NetEase slams Blizzard China’s last-minute WoW proposal as ‘brash, unseemly and commercially illogical’

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Earlier this week, Blizzard China took to social media to suggest to Chinese World of Warcraft players that NetEase is to blame for the...

Microsoft buyout faces pushback from the UK as Google and Nvidia express concerns about the deal to the FTC

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The billion-dollar buyout of Activision-Blizzard from Microsoft was likely never going to be a smooth transaction, but we suspect all parties involved weren't expecting...

Blizzard claims NetEase rejected a license extension to keep Chinese games (including WoW) up another six months

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When Blizzard and NetEase announced the dissolution of their long-running publishing partnership in China - and the sunset of almost all of Blizzard's games...

Diablo Immortal launches a Lunar New Year event and adds a slew of new legendary items

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The latest patch for Diablo Immortal is something of a tale of two foci. On the one hand, the update is marking the Lunar...

NetEase lays off staffers who were working on Blizzard games in China

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Lest we forget, the falling out between NetEase and Blizzard has a toll greater than either company's bottom line; it also saw a human...
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Workers at Blizzard-owned Proletariat say management refused its union and is ‘forcing’ them to go through NLRB voting

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At the tail end of December, we reported that Blizzard-owned studio Proletariat was forming a union known as the Proletariat Workers Alliance. The announcement...

Microsoft buys a fluffy ad that talks up CWA unions and tries to smooth things over with the FTC

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You could assume that Microsoft's PR department is working extra hard after the company raged in legalese at the Federal Trade Commission when you...
OW MY FOOT

WoW Dragonflight PTR datamining pinpoints account-saving features for Chinese players

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Last month we reported on potential next steps for Chinese World of Warcraft players who were being left in the lurch as a result...
Popcorn appropriately.

Microsoft walks back constitutional rights complaints in re-filed response to FTC antitrust lawsuit

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Microsoft caused plenty of eye rolling and head shaking when it filed its response to the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust lawsuit, claiming among other...

Massively Overthinking: Hopes and fears for MMOs in 2023

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As 2022 drew to a close, we spent our Massively Overthinking roundtables discussing our predictions for 2023 as well as our goals. Now, we're...

FTC and Microsoft confirm a lack of ‘substantive’ settlement talks as UK regulatory body extends its investigation

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There have been a couple of small but no less important steps in the continuing story of Microsoft's buyout of Activision-Blizzard. We begin with...

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