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The Daily Grind: What are your expectations from buy-to-play MMOs in 2019?

Because I am old I still remember the halcyon days when the original Guild Wars shocked the world with its plan to serve as...
YOU THINK THIS IS A GAME?!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now free-to-play with a new battle royale mode

Gosh, the mighty have fallen when it comes to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The game isn't hemorrhaging players like certain other titles, but it...

Saga of Lucimia’s creative director debates the merits of MMO business models

The debate over MMO business models is constantly ongoing: There are those who swear by monthly subscriptions, those who prefer strictly free-to-play, and those...
All according to keikaku or something

Surprise! Shroud of the Avatar is now officially free-to-play

Have you taken advantage of the fact that Shroud of the Avatar has gone free-to-play yet? Or are you staring at that with...

The Daily Grind: Have you tried more MMOs now that almost everything is free-to-play?

It feels like a long time ago now (because it was about a decade) but I still vividly remember when Dungeons & Dragons...

EVE Evolved: Two ways that EVE Online’s monetisation could be expanded under Pearl Abyss

When Pearl Abyss bought out CCP Games last week, the overwhelming message to EVE Online players was that it would be business...
awesome show great job

Valve’s Artifact will feature no moderation and no cards earned through play

Oh boy. If you've avoided hearing about Valve's upcoming digital card game, Artifact, you might want to take a look at the latest...
Rewarding.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds plans longer embargos for its crates on the Steam market

Getting a crate in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is meant to be a reward for the player, but it's also frequently meant something to resell...

Champions Online puts subscription switch on hold in light of player disapproval

So, as we reported Friday, Champions Online was on deck to lose its subscriptions just like Star Trek Online. Except that as...
Zorp.

The Daily Grind: What would (or already did) convince you to buy an MMO lockbox?

Look, we know, none of the people reading this right now like lockboxes. And, you know, for good reason. But despite that dislike, lockboxes...
Look sharp!

Ashes of Creation adds monthly time-limited pre-order packages to the tune of $500

Good news, Ashes of Creation fans, you can now give the development team more money! The team has rolled out new pre-order...
money money money

Ubisoft investor presentation highlights the profit benefits of ‘games as a service’

Have you wondered why it is Ubisoft is so dedicated to putting out a continual string of games as a service, even its ostensibly...

The Daily Grind: What MMO will be the next to change up its business model dramatically?

You may not like it, but the vast majority of MMORPGs are free-to-play or buy-to-play as of 2018. EVE Online went free-to-play at...
Boom?

EVE Online’s Arms Race update offers more ships to free players today

Before you get too excited, let's note that today's update for EVE Online is not simply handing out ships like space travel-shaped candy....
Proud?

EA drops the costs of heroes – and reward payouts – in Star Wars: Battlefront II by 75%

Don't be too proud of the barrier to entry you've constructed; the ability to make in-game unlocks incredibly expensive is insignificant next to the...
SUPER, ALL GOOD

Activision secures patent for software to trick you into buying cash shop stuff, seriously

Hey, gang, this is absolutely wonderful. Activision has filed and been granted a patent for software designed to push you into buying cash...
There has to be money here somewhere.

SuperData CEO discusses the money problem of e-sports

Whether you're a big fan of the e-sports scene or you would be quite happy never hearing about it ever again, you are no...

EVE Evolved: What’s the deal with EVE’s PLEX changes?

This week CCP Games announced that some big changes are on the way for PLEX in EVE Online. The PLEX or...

EVE Evolved: Alpha Clone economics, bragging rights, and restrictions

Yesterday at EVE Vegas 2016, developer CCP Rise held us spellbound with tales of his recent misadventures in EVE Online recently...
Bang bang, you shot me down.

Daybreak is cutting out game cards

If you're a big fan of buying game cards for Daybreak's various online offerings, you should go snap them up now before they're...

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