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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...
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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...

Lawful Neutral: What’s China really worth to the Western gaming industry?

You know what we never talk about these days? China and video games! We should do that more. For example, did you know that...

Lawful Neutral: Endorsements, disclosures, and the games industry

Infomercials are the worst. There's nothing quite as infuriating as turning on the TV only to find a 30-minute commercial about how people can't...

Mavericks’ abrupt July sunset was preceded by a revoked SpatialOS loan

Remember back in July, when Automaton Games announced it was shutting down Mavericks, a "massive" battle royal that was aiming to put 1000...

Harvard Business Review uses EVE Online corps for a study on country of origin and company structure

When the Harvard Business Review wanted to run a study on how people's place of origin affects how they structure a company, it homed...

Lawful Neutral: Examining Ashes of Creation’s controversial referral program

I have a really hard time taking anything seriously that refers to money as "bucks." You'll recall that I opened the Lawful Neutral...
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Lawful Neutral: The long fall of Project Copernicus’ 38 Studios

There are some MMO stories that are just unbelievable. They are so warped convoluted and confusing that we think there's no possible way it...

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