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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...

MapleStory 2 interview: The Soul Binder, PvP, music, the western front, and battling pay-to-win

MapleStory 2 charmed our previewer, our podcasters, even our writers when it came time for picking out the underdog MMO...
We can't go anywhere!

China is approving games again, but none of them is from Tencent or Netease

After nearly a year of being frozen, China's approval process for games lurched into life once more in December, with 80 titles approved...
There's a lot of death here.

WoW Factor: The great Superdata fall-off

The one down side to working ahead is that sometimes your schedule gets nudged around more than expected. I promise that a further look...

China’s Online Games Ethics Committee lifts year-long ‘freeze’ on game licenses but bars multiple games

As MMO players will recall, in March of this year, the Chinese government put a freeze on reviewing and approving video games for...
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Perfect World Entertainment confirms Steam China deal

Earlier this year, we reported on the surprise announcement that Perfect World Entertainment was in talks with Valve to bring Steam into China....
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MMO Business Roundup: Chinese vs Western gamers, devs against Brexit, and lockboxes as gambling in Australia

Welcome back to another quick trip through some of this week's gaming business tidbits. Profiling Chinese gamers Quantic Foundry, the Nick Yee research firm...
Well, that's something.

Lost Ark is rumored to start Chinese beta testing soon

The mess that has been the Chinese game industry shutdown is affecting every corner of the world, but it's not really a shock that...
THIS IS ALL YOU GET

Blizzard sources dish on Warcraft Go, Diablo IV, Diablo Immortal, China, and Activision’s culture shift

Kotaku has a wild article up today ahead of the holiday with input from nearly a dozen anonymous current and former Blizzard employees...

Enter to win a sweet Neverwinter cloak in honor of Heart of Fire for PC

To celebrate the launch of Heart of Fire for Neverwinter on PC last week, PWE has kindly given Massively OP 100 cloak keys to give...

Echo of Soul resurfaces in North America under new publisher

Free-to-play fantasy MMO Echo of Soul has had something of a turbulent existence, to say the least: It first launched back in...

Analysts say Diablo Immortal will bring financial success despite fan outrage

Arguably the biggest thing to come out of BlizzCon 2018 was the sheer amount of unadulterated rage solicited by the announcement of...

Check out some Monster Hunter movie pics from the set courtesy of the stars themselves

Movies based on video games are... well, they're movies. The chance they end up in sometimes top 10 listicle of the worst transmedia synergies...

MMO Business Roundup: Japanese lockboxes, POGO and Square Enix financials, and Prima’s end

"The Good Times Are Over for Japan’s Loot-Box-Style Gaming Bonanza" - that's the brutal headline plonked onto this week's Bloomberg report on Japanese...
He's not even supposed to be here today.

Tencent is pulling back its marketing budget in response to China’s ongoing game freeze

Tencent has not been weathering the Chinese game block very well. Sure, the company has been doing its best, but a 28% stock...

Tencent is expanding draconian ‘healthy gaming’ child blocks across all of its titles

Oof. If you thought RealID was a bad call, point your eyeballs at China, where Tencent has announced it will expand its existing...

MMO Business Roundup: Fractured Space, Runic Games, Michael Jordan esports, Epic investment, and the China problem

Welcome back to another quick trip through some of the week's business bits and bobs. First up, some bad news. Edge Case's gorgeous F2P...

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