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1998 MMORPG Tibia announces that it’s opening Oceanic servers – with caveats

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One of the oldest continually operating MMORPGs on the market is embiggening its scope and reach this month. Tibia's devs announced on April 1st...

A multiplayer Bluey videogame is coming to PC and console in November, and your kids want it

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A few weeks back, I mentioned in MOP's work chat that my kids have been obsessed with some random Aussie kids cartoon about dogs....

Australian parliament proposes ratings changes to games with lootboxes and ‘simulated gambling’

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It appears that the Australian parliament is looking to make some moves against games with lockboxes, or at the very least a half-measure: The...
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...
Mature, intelligent decisions.

Australian lawmaker proposes bill that would classify games with lockboxes for adults only

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There is at least one lawmaker in Australia who feels very strongly about the matter of gaming lockboxes, apparently. Andrew Wilkie, an independent member...
Unified.

Activision-Blizzard is walking out again, Australia’s game industry unionizes

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Activision-Blizzard's workers are continuing to mobilize: Following the mass-layoffs at Activision's RavenQA over the weekend, Raven workers staged a walkout yesterday, and now they're...
May foulness attend thee.

Australian MP plans to introduce a bill banning lockbox sales to minors

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You may remember back last year that there was some noise made in Australia about banning the sale of video game lootboxes to people...
THIS IS YOUR NEW GOD, CHILDREN

Epic v Apple: Australian antitrust case allowed to resume thanks to an overturned ruling

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While a lot of our previous reporting has naturally been focused on the antitrust case unfolding between Epic Games, Apple, and Google here in...

Epic is suing Apple in Australia over Fortnite as Apple halves its profit cut from indie devs

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You might think Epic Games' primary business is video games or video game engines, but as it turns out, it's fast becoming "filing lawsuits."...

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,...

MMO Business Roundup: Gamers have launched a new class action gambling lawsuit against EA

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and online games industry news. There's a new class action in town, and EA is the target. Plaintiff...

Australian retailer admits to misleading customers about refunds for Fallout 76

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Remember when Fallout 76 first hit the scene with all of the grace of a hippo being air dropped without a parachute? At that...

Lootbox regulation recommended by Australian parliamentary committee

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While words and recommendations can certainly be considered equal to vapor, the fact that Australia's parliament appears poised to make moves against lockbox monetization...

EVE Online’s charity campaign to support victims of Australian bushfires is now live

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Last week, CCP Games announced that it was reviving its PLEX for GOOD campaign specifically to raise funds for victims of the Australian bushfires...

EVE Online will run a PLEX for GOOD charity campaign to support victims of Australian bushfires

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On this week's Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I answered an email from an Australian reader (hi Jack!) and mused on how odd it...

EVE Down Under: CCP drops EVE Online’s Invasion expansion trailer

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CCP Games is out in force in Australia right now for the third leg of the EVE World Tour, and the topic of choice...

Elder Scrolls Online launches Wrathstone DLC on console, rejects Oceania megaserver

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Console players were finally able to jump into Elder Scrolls Online's new Wrathstone DLC yesterday, and some PlayStation 4 players found they had to...
We never like these things.

International regulators co-sign declaration to investigate lockboxes and skin gambling

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If you thought Belgium and The Netherlands were going to keep on standing alone in the fight against lootboxes, you were very much mistaken,...
Let the wrong ones in.

Australian courts deny Valve’s final appeal in Steam consumer protection case

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Looks like Valve is really going to have to pony up in that four-year Australia consumer protection case, which finally drew to a close...
No, you can't be quite this evil.

Aussie courts have fined Valve $2.16M US over its refund policies

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Recall that back in November, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) demanded a $2.16 million US ($3 million AUD) fine from Valve following...

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