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World of Tanks details its new clan battle-centered War Gods event arriving February 13

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Players of World of Tanks are probably familiar with Clan Wars, the global map battle mode where clans vie to capture and hold provinces...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 406: Ulduar and Umbar

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Justin and Bree discuss Blizzard vs. NetEase and the demise of WoW China, Wrath Classic, FFXIV 6.3, and LOTRO's 2023 roadmap, with adventures in LOTRO and ESO, plus a mailbag topic on the future of Blizzard.

Blizzard’s Proletariat ends bid to unionize after unionbusting tactics succeed

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Activision-Blizzard's latest efforts to head off worker unions were apparently successful: Union group Communication Workers of America has ended its bid to launch a...

Albion Online launches an Asian server on March 20 with multiple founder packs

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Albion Online, recipient of our own Best PvP MMO award two years running, is expanding its horizons eastward with an Asian server launching on...
Mad fake mode.

NetEase slams Blizzard China’s last-minute WoW proposal as ‘brash, unseemly and commercially illogical’

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Earlier this week, Blizzard China took to social media to suggest to Chinese World of Warcraft players that NetEase is to blame for the...

Get a first peek at Tencent’s new Chinese WoW clone, Tarisland

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I know you'll be shocked to hear it, but people like World of Warcraft enough to try to clone it! Oh, what's that? We...

Blizzard claims NetEase rejected a license extension to keep Chinese games (including WoW) up another six months

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When Blizzard and NetEase announced the dissolution of their long-running publishing partnership in China - and the sunset of almost all of Blizzard's games...

NetEase lays off staffers who were working on Blizzard games in China

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Lest we forget, the falling out between NetEase and Blizzard has a toll greater than either company's bottom line; it also saw a human...
OW MY FOOT

WoW Dragonflight PTR datamining pinpoints account-saving features for Chinese players

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Last month we reported on potential next steps for Chinese World of Warcraft players who were being left in the lurch as a result...

The best MassivelyOP community Daily Grinds of 2022

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2022 marks the fifth year in a row we've done this roundup, but the Daily Grind has been a recurring mini-column here on MassivelyOP...

NetEase space adventure Infinite Langrage officially launches on PC

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After a year on mobile, NetEase's multiplayer space sim Infinite Langrage rolled out on the PC yesterday with user interface optimizations. The studio said...

MY.GAMES says it will ‘exit the Russian market’ and offload Russian licenses

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Back in October, Mail.ru sold its MMO subsidiary MY.GAMES to Aleksander Chachava of venture capital firm LETA Capital, for $642 million. The company's MMOs...
Run! They've got a New World in the sidecar!

End-of-Year Eleven: The biggest MMO stories of 2022

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I might be biased - by which I mean I am definitely biased - but 2022 was a year of big stories and big...

Blizzard says it’s still working on finding a new Chinese publisher for World of Warcraft

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Blizzard General Manager John Hight has posted a video and now a written message to Chinese players in the wake of last month's announcement...

End-of-year Eleven: The healthiest live MMOs at the end of 2022

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When you're investing a whole lot of time and (potentially) money into MMORPGs, you want to make sure that your game isn't going belly-up...
Hey. I got a ball.

End-of-Year Eleven: The Biggest MMO Surprises of 2022

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All right, 2022, you are officially no longer allowed to surprise us any more because we're doing the end-of-year thing now and that means...
This is what I always wanted.

World of Warcraft devs discuss the Dracthyr, Blizzard adds new Chinese-favored payment options

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Why should you have something like Empower spells in World of Warcraft? That's one of the questions that lead combat designer Brian Holinka and...
Oh no.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 397: What we have here is a failure to negotiate

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Justin and Bree discussion WoW China's sunset, the Blizzard/Netease debacle, LOTRO's mini-expansion, EverQuest II, Frozen Flame, and ArcheAge 2, with adventures in WoW, LOTRO, New World, SWG Legends, and Marvel Snap, plus a mailbag topic on boss taunting in MMOs.
WHEEEEEEEEEEEE

MMO veteran Scott Hartsman discusses why overseas game publishing is so messy

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All right, so Blizzard and Netease are no longer working together for publishing the former studio's games in China. That's significant, but it should...
Curb Your Enthusiasm theme plays

WoW Factor: So Blizzard just lost China

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Sometimes it's not fun to work in this particular industry. Not in the sense that it's horrible, but in the sense that you've written...

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