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The MOP Up: World War II Online divides into two battle fronts

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Even as World War II Online (aka Battleground Europe) kicked off its 183rd campaign this past week, the studio is running a spin-off game...
Eat it, eat it, put it in your mouth and eat it.

Massively Overthinking: The curious cycle of MMO refunds, tutorials, and reviews

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MOP reader Steve recently posed us an intriguing question about the state of tutorials in MMOs and other games - and how those tutorials'...

U.S. Department of Justice investigates Overwatch League over salary concerns

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While Blizzard wants as many eyes as possible on its Overwatch franchise, the studio could probably do without the recent gaze of the U.S....

A slim majority of Acti-Blizz investors approved its ‘say-on-pay’ policy after vote extension

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Score another win for the C-suite. As we've been covering, Activision-Blizzard investors purportedly represented by CtW Investment Group had been agitating to vote down the...
Now my stats are good!

Activision-Blizzard extends contentious shareholder vote on executive pay

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MMO readers will recall that earlier this year, the industry erupted over a public relations fiasco Activision-Blizzard failed to adequately counter: In the midst...

The sun is setting on Need for Speed’s online offerings, Call of Duty Online in China, and multiple SUBA MMOs

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I'd like to say that a roundup of impending sunsets is a first on MOP, but this is 2021, the year Gamigo sunsetted a...

Blizzard is already cracking down on Diablo II Resurrected modders and hackers

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Apparently, Blizzard has decided to crack all the way down on the modding community that's popped up around Diablo II: Resurrected. Following the technical alpha...
Yes, it's really weird to talk about Warlords in the context of a success, for me as much as you.

New Blizzard analysis chronicles the studio’s five-year decline and developer exodus

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The slow decline of Blizzard has been exhaustively covered over the last couple of years, but sometimes, it's more jolting to see it all...

Here’s how Geoff Keighley aims to improve on 2020’s neverending summer of not-E3

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I'm super grateful to all the organizations and games companies that did their level best to provide convention entertainment last summer when the pandemic...

Activision-Blizzard wins a nine year-long patent infringement lawsuit

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Today in "our legal system is absurdist and utterly broken probably beyond any and all hope of repair" news, Activision-Blizzard can now officially claim...
Oh dear.

Activision-Blizzard Q1 2021 financials: Blizzard has lost almost 29% of its overall active playerbase in three years

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Welcome back, my friends: It's time for another Activision-Blizzard investor report, and we're expecting this one to be a ride. Readers will recall that...

Massively Uplifting: Gaming charity endeavors support vets, autism, and AbleGamers

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While still sneaking some spring snow in (bad weather!), April also showered us with some uplifting moments and goodness. Warm fuzzies are far better...

Activision-Blizzard is halving Bobby Kotick’s exorbitant salary and bonuses

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Activision-Blizzard's Bobby Kotick made headlines back in March when on the same day the company was going through its (at least) fourth round of...

Activision launches lawsuit against indie game dev over Warzone trademark

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RPS has a juicy piece up this week on a lawsuit Activision is waging against an indie game developer that should probably prompt Activision...

The MOP Up: Skyforge takes Switch players to the moon

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Earlier this year, Nintendo Switch users were treated to a full-fledged MMORPG with the launch of Skyforge on the platform. Now, Skyforge is taking...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 314: Blizzard’s a hot mess

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Justin and Bree discuss LOTRO's Wildwood, Astellia, SWTOR's next big thing, Magic Legends, and the Activision-Blizzard layoffs, with adventures in WoW Classic, Elder Scrolls Online, SWG Legends, and City of Heroes, plus mailbag topics on the hot mess known as Blizzard.

Blizzard admits to more layoffs, starts up alumni network

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Last week, Blizzard Entertainment began laying off 190 employees, 50 of whom reportedly came from esports and live events. Now we know which other...

Activision-Blizzard has laid off another 190 employees as Kotick could rake in an extra $200M

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Don't look now, but Activision-Blizzard just laid off another batch of people. According to a Bloomberg report, the company has slashed just under 190 jobs,...

Blizzard is definitely working on a Warcraft mobile game, studio artist says

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2020's deficiencies have continued to spill into 2021, so we'll let it slide if you've forgotten that just two and a half weeks ago,...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 308: FFXIV’s endings and beginnings

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Justin and Bree discuss Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, Skyforge, Blizzard and NCosft financials, Stadia, and PSO2, with adventures in WoW Classic, LOTRO, ESO, SWG Legends, plus mailbag questions on MMO dungeons and juggling MMOs.

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