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MMO Business Roundup: Steam Game Festival, My.Games, Taipei Gameshow, Niantic, and RazerCon

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and gaming industry news relevant to the MMO-playing audience. Steam Game Festival: Yes, another online event! The "autumn...
Hey, that's nice.

MMO Business Roundup: Guild Wars 2 voice acting, EVE Online mental health, Good Game, and more

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO - and MMO-adjacent - industry news! Guild Wars 2: If you've been bummed about Guild Wars 2's...

MMO Business Roundup: Fortnite iOS’s lost parity, Halo Infinite’s debunked rumors, Funcom’s movie

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent (mostly adjacent today) industry news. Fortnite iOS players who don't read the news are...
Engagement.

The Daily Grind: Are you anxious about the Funcom acquisition?

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I read the news today, oh boy. Tencent has bought out all of Funcom's stuff. This is pretty significant; it's yet another...

Lawful Neutral: No really, who owns Jagex and RuneScape?

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RuneScape is one of those games that always seems to fly under my radar. It's not intentional, and I don't have anything especially...

EA shareholders criticize ‘exorbitant’ executive pay, slam ‘payoffs for layoffs’

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Over the course of June, we covered attempts by Activision-Blizzard shareholders to agitate against the company's "Say-on-Pay" policy, which critics say effectively overpays...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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