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Did Amazon just sign on to be Lost Ark’s western publisher?

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Last night, Amazon announced that it's signed on to an exclusive publishing agreement in North America and Europe with Smilegate, specifically to
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Nintendo’s financials hail Animal Crossing’s success while Nexon crushes it with MapleStory

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More quarterly financial reports are rolling in, this time from Nintendo and Nexon, and both studios are crowing about exceptional runs. For the big N,...

MMOs you’ve never heard of: Helbreath, Luna M, Tower of Fantasy, and Sea of Dawn

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Think you've played every MMO that's out there? There are more games, Horatio, than your mind could even conceive. And that's why we have...
This is what we were really missing.

New executive order could ban US transactions with Tencent – potentially bad news for gaming [Updated]

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File this one under "I was about to go to sleep when the internet erupted in an absolute panic over Tencent": Late this evening,...

Bit Legends is a new retro-pixel mobile MMO featuring both PvE and PvP

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So, who wanted a new mobile MMO? What if I tell you it's stuffed with retro graphics and is a bit different from the...

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...

Tencent now completely owns Funcom, purveyor of Conan Exiles and Secret World Legends

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Dune, Conan Exiles, Secret World Legends, Age of Conan... all of these properties and more are now directly under the...

The Game Archaeologist: World War II Online

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The 1990s saw the rise of flight simulators that thrived on detailed, complicated controls and handling. Such games threw out accessibility and casual-friendliness for...
Well well well, how the turntable.

China cancels all international sporting events for 2020, sending LoL esports into limbo

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If anyone here was looking forward to esports events that were set to be hosted in China like the League of Legends World...

Chinese fraudsters posed as a famous chili sauce brand to get free keys out of Tencent — and it worked

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What you're about to read is an account of how three guys in China defrauded Tencent under the guise of a famous chili sauce...
Rewarding.

Pakistan becomes the latest country to crack down on PUBG for the children

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PUBG's not having a good week: It's been banned in yet another country, this time Pakistan. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced the temporary...

RuneScape details changes to the chat profanity filter as Jagex marks a fifth year of revenue growth

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Platitudes about supporting Black lives are fine, but action is far more vital, and RuneScape is hoping to make its game friendlier for...

Nexon’s mobile and PC MMORPG V4 opens up for global pre-registration

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Ever notice how mobile MMOs seem to love pre-registration events? Well guess what? Nexon's upcoming PC/mobile MMORPG V4 has started doing the same...

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...

Echo of Soul is getting a new version that will come to the West via Gamigo

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This news will either signal an exciting bit of new MMORPG gaming or strike very familiar, depending on whom you ask. In any...

Lost Ark announces a registration date for Japanese closed beta, shows off a guild territory feature for Season 2

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The outward expansion of MMOARPG Lost Ark has taken another big step forward. The game's official Japanese Twitter account has announced that...

The MOP Up: Granado Espada got a brand-new server

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Have you completely forgotten that Granado Espada -- also called Sword of the New World -- still exists? It does, and in fact, the...

Massively Uplifting: Charity tourneys, Asheron’s Call in Animal Crossing, and over a million Kind Words

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May day! May day! We have warm fuzzies incoming! And just in time to start June off with happier thoughts. And who couldn't use...

The MOP Up: Second Life’s super expensive brothel

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It's not every week that my editor marches up to me and demands that I cover virtual brothels as headlining stories, but this did...
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...

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