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Reddit protest sees /r/gaming lock its doors

Remember when you were in your first raiding guild, and it was nothing but drama from start to finish on your guild forums because no...
Rank 17! I am SO important to the world!

Blizzard and Netease partner for a Chinese release of Overwatch

You are probably not terribly worried about whether or not Overwatch is going to get a Chinese release for the same reason that...
You can buy me!

The demographics and realities of selling games on Steam

Steam is one of those things that we think of as almost ubiquitous as a gaming platform. You can buy many MMOs on it, it...
Making you not concerned with the other person's expenditures on the game would actually be novel for physical card games, too.

How Hearthstone challenges mobile free-to-play assumptions

Hearthstone is a successful title on phones and tablets. It's successful all around. And yet if you look within the field of mobile...

Crowfall preps core combat test, commits to raising $1M from additional investors

With a large roster of potential classes, how will Crowfall balance it all? By starting small, of course. The devs wrote a new...

The Daily Grind: How would you run an ethical MMO cash shop?

Today's Daily Grind topic comes to us in a roundabout way from Kickstarter donor Le Entrepreneur, who asks, Why do MMOs use cash shops they...

WildStar is going free-to-play this autumn

Critics, current players, former players, people who had briefly heard about the title from friends and family - a lot of people didn't think...

CCP Games buys back $20m in bonds, drops Legion trademark

News is circulating in the EVE Online blogs and forum that developer CCP Games has just bought back $20 million in publicly...
Take the high road in the high tower.

Crowfall’s store is (partly) up and running

You have not played enough of Crowfall to form an opinion on how it plays. You haven't. It isn't playable yet. But that...
Ultimate pens.

The Daily Grind: What MMO has benefited the most from free-to-play?

Back in the day, it used to be a running joke among the staff about which game would go free-to-play next. We don't make...
Money

Top 25 companies accounted for 65 percent of 2014’s $83.6 billion games market

Twenty-five companies accounted for 65 percent of the $83.6 billion games market in 2014, according to a report at Newzoo. Leading the pack was...
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NCsoft West lays off Austin support staff

NCsoft West has laid off a number of support staff and is moving its customer service operation to a third-party provider, according to Polygon....

OnLive shutting down, sells Sony some of its assets

The OnLive cloud gaming service is shutting down, and the firm has sold Sony some of its assets, according to a dev blog. The...
It's ominous, that's the point here.

NCsoft and Nexon meet to discuss financial issues

Relations between NCsoft and Nexon are not exactly comfortable at the moment; you may remember that it's been only a few months...
Oh, there's going to be so much chopping.

Investment firm sees a dark future for WildStar, bright hopes for Guild Wars 2

Korean investment firm KDB Daewoo Securities is not predicting a rosy future for WildStar, although it still is recommending NCsoft as a...

Director of Design Chris Whiteside leaves Guild Wars 2

Former Guild Wars 2 Director of Design Chris Whiteside has left ArenaNet to pursue other opportunities. While on a long roadtrip, Whiteside...

PlanetSide 2’s Clint Worley departs Daybreak

Former PlanetSide 2 Executive Producer Clint Worley has left the team and studio, according to a brief announcement by him on Twitter. It...

Working As Intended: ‘Multiplex monotony’ and the death of the mid-budget MMORPG

Back in December, film editor and author Jason Bailey wrote a piece on Flavorwire called How the Death...
Any Kill Bill references you want to make here may or may not be apropos. It's a fine line.

The Daily Grind: Are you optimistic about WildStar’s future?

I'm sure this won't serve as a grand surprise to anyone reading this, but I've been thinking a lot about the future of

NCsoft buys Netmarble stock to block hostile takeover by Nexon

How do you prevent a hostile takeover? In NCsoft's case, you buy something. Specifically, you buy a large portion of shares from...

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