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Who really owns RuneScape? A new Chinese lawsuit in the UK is poised to find out

Ah, remember 2019? Such a terrible year, made good only in hindsight. Throughout that year, we wrote about how RuneScape developer Jagex was...

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

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,...
It lurks.

MMO Business Roundup: Tencent facial recognition, Chinese gaming regulation, anti-cheat, and hackers

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news bits that just didn't fit in anywhere else. First, Tencent has spent part of...
Everything is fine! No, really, this time we mean it!

Fallout 76 clarifies that seasons will be free, with some potential Fallout 1st bonuses in the future

If there's one thing that Fallout 76 does remarkably well, it's making people angry about the way the game is monetized, all the way...

MMO Business Roundup: Guerilla Collective, PlayStation Studios, XLGAMES’ new MMO, ChinaJoy, and NCsoft’s baseball team

Welcome back to another roundup of business stories relating to MMOs - or adjacent to them. Adjacentness! Funcom: The Norwegian MMO company will be...

Lawful Neutral: Leakers, trade secrets, and lawsuits in the online gaming world

In recent years, you might have noticed a new type of lawsuit coming out of game companies, as some of the more litigation-happy studios...

Star Citizen studio Cloud Imperium just picked up another $17.25M from investors

Looks like Star Citizen and Squadron 42 company Cloud Imperium just got a bit more rope, as its investor groups have...

Lawful Neutral: Cheating, copyright law, and the WoW Glider lawsuit

I have fond memories of using the Game Genie on my NES. To my seven-year-old self, it was a godsend. So many Nintendo...
I've got a lot of problems with you people!

The Daily Grind: What would tempt you to buy something in an MMO when you hate the business model?

Longtime commenter and friend to man and beast alike Danny Smith mentioned recently that there's a rumor of Blizzard putting World of Warcraft allied...
This is what you are.

The IRS deleted guidelines citing Fortnite’s Vbucks as virtual currency like Bitcoin

Every so often you just get to see a news story and think to yourself that this is going to turn into a major issue...
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Lawful Neutral: Examining the infamous MMO lockbox, 2020 edition

I have a soft spot for paranormal horror. I love movies about demons, ghosts, hauntings, possessions. There's one particular movie from the early aughts...
Marketing!

Vague Patch Notes: How to read games industry investor reports as a player

The old adage goes that diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock. By extension, marketing is the...

MMO Business Roundup: Stadia, Coronavirus, E3, VR, EVE Fanfest, Discord, and WOTC’s BioWare devs

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! Stadia: Google has responded to the uproar over its poor communication with the...

Lawful Neutral: Examining DDoS attacks and their impact on MMOs

When I was younger, used to play with LEGOs with my cousins all the time. We'd spend time creating huge houses and vehicles that...

Lawful Neutral: Examining the ArcheAge class action lawsuit – and what it means for gamers

Gamers threaten lawsuits a lot. Most of the time they threaten lawsuits over things that aren't really something they can sue over, usually due...

SuperData says the premium games market took a ‘gap year’ in 2019

If you tire of all the end-of-the-year content and roundups on our site and many others, then you're not going to like SuperData's either,...

Lawful Neutral: A look back at the MMO industry’s law dramas of 2019

It's hard to believe that 2019 is almost over. Not necessarily unwelcome, but hard to believe. 2019 has been a year in more ways...

Lawful Neutral: When Marvel sued NCsoft over City of Heroes

One of the biggest MMORPG genre stories over the last year has been the ongoing saga/drama around the bizarre but very much welcomed rebirth...

Superdata says in-game spending is down thanks to gamers’ leeriness of monetization schemes

This news will very likely elicit replies of "well, duh" from many, but now there are numbers from Superdata to back it up:...
The new place.

FFXIV Shadowbringers boosted Square Enix’s financials, Nexon sees 24% YOY revenue drop

Let's talk about money, shall we? The first week of November is always inundated with the last big fiscal report of the year for...

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