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Massively Overthinking: MMOs as distraction vs. culture

Earlier this month, there was a fascinating conversation swirling around a Gamasutra article by Bryant Francis, specifically a quote from game dev Patric Mondou. "We're...
I probably don't exist.

MMO Business Roundup: Gaming inclusion, Peria Chronicles, Google, and PUBG’s Brendan Greene

Welcome to another fast roundup of MMO-related business news! Bookmark this research study so that if ever the loud angry gatekeeping trolls of gaming...

Jagex picks up EVE Online vet Nathan Richardsson, is still working on multiple secret MMOs

If you've been reading Massively OP for a while, you're not going to be surprised whatsoever to once again hear the news that Jagex...
Oh, yeah, this is fine. It's fine. It's fine! This is fine.

Tencent introduces strict rules for streamers playing its games

Good news for Chinese streamers, as gaming giant Tencent has introduced a new set of rules about what streamers can and cannot...
The price isn't nice, though.

China puts a freeze on new game approval (again)

You might recall that 2018 proved to be a mess for studios trying to get their new games approved for the always-lucrative Chinese market....
The krogan, forever charging.

Apex Legends: 16k bans, content cadence, mode leaks, and Apex Construct’s not-so-lucky break

EA's surprise hit Apex Legends hasn't slowed down since its stealth launch earlier this month, in spite of worth contenders in the field...

The MOP Up: TERA and PUBG combine unholy forces

TERA sent out a press release this week confirming the end of the world: "Finally, the dream collaboration between TERA and PUBG...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard of: Tales of Wind, Era of Legends, and Darksburg

Welcome back to another run-down of MMOs and other online games you've probably never heard of. We love doing these! Here's some stuff...

Tencent and Netmarble might team up to buy South Korean MMO giant Nexon

It's time for another round of our favorite gameshow, WHO'S BUYING NEXON THIS WEEK? I'm your host, Bree Royce, and with me today playing...

Nexon had a record-high 2018, but it’s got only mobile titles coming westward in 2019

If you were hoping for some eye bleach after the financial reports from Blizzard and NCsoft yesterday, then I'm sorry - Nexon...

Activision-Blizzard posted another record-high quarter and year, layoffs begin anyway

Activision-Blizzard's financial reports have been rather dull affairs for MMO gamers over the last few years, ever since the company stopped reporting World of...
Oh great.

That ancient ArcheAge consumer lawsuit against Trion reveals possible rebrand

Over the last couple of years, we've been covering a player-led lawsuit against Trion Worlds. Back in 2015, three gamers alleged that Trion...

MMOs you’ve never heard of: Swordsman X, Grounds of Glory, Dekaron, KAL Online, and Apsis Online

Howsabout another fun roundup of MMOs and other online games you've never heard of - or have totally forgotten about? Let's do it. Were...

NetEase joins Tencent in move for ‘anti-addiction’ curfews on Chinese mobile gamers

NetEase has once again become a household name for gamers thanks to its partnership with Blizzard on Diablo Immortal and many other titles, but...

RuneScape dev Jagex is up for sale by its struggling Chinese owners after posting record high year

Remember a couple of years back when RuneScape company Jagex was bought out by China's Shandong Hongda, a company known primarily for...
Of course, you can argue that the lack of BfA is actually a positive.

China’s third round of game approvals still omits Tencent and NetEase

There are a lot of game companies in China, but Tencent and NetEase are the two titans with huge stables of titles, numerous online...

Steam is rolling out better store discoverability, mobile chat, and library improvements in 2019

Valve is surely feeling a bit frazzled over Epic and Discord's power plays in the last few months, but you wouldn't know it from...

Blizzard and Netease will be cranking out games together at least until 2023

Chinese gaming giant Netease has popped up in the news over and over this past year. It poured money into SpatialOS and is...

Massively Overthinking: Hopes and fears for MMOs in 2019

With nearly all of our end-of-2018 content finally and blissfully behind us - seriously, I always breathe a huge sigh of relief when...

Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs to watch in 2018

Love it or hate it, MMOs are going mobile in ever-increasing numbers. Last year saw a crop of acclaimed titles making their way to...

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