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Whatever happened to the Life is Feudal MMO?

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We understand that people miss a sunsetted MMO and are willing to go through a lot to revisit an old haunt, but sometimes the...

MMO Business Roundup: China’s gaming crackdown, NetEase Connect, Wild Rift plagiarism, and Valve’s anti-trust lawsuit

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business and industry news. China: The Chinese government is continuing to widen its long-running crackdown on...

China’s National Radio and Television Administration bans access to livestreams of unapproved games

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The Chinese government has added yet another layer to its continuing crackdown on nearly all things video games. The country's National Radio and Television...

Tencent to cut off Chinese gamers accessing unapproved foreign titles through an internet speed booster

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China's fervent steamrolling against gaming appears to be moving forward unabated, helped by major Chinese gaming companies that wish to stay on the government's...

MMO Business Roundup: China’s freeze, ABK’s new diversity officer, and Sony and Epic’s metaverse

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. China has ended its latest gaming-approval freeze after nine months of regulators locking out...

Chinese regulators draft ‘youth mode’ requirement for online games and more

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It appears that China's gaming industry still hasn't come close to hitting rock bottom. According to the South China Morning Post, China's Cyberspace Administration...

EVE Online and Black Desert studio Pearl Abyss believes it can ‘create a stable blockchain ecosystem’

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Pearl Abyss' Q4 2021 financials are a rollercoaster, my friends. The company is fine, so no panic there; in fact, it's operating revenue is...

The Game Archaeologist: Dark Eyes, a forgotten Japanese MMO from 1999

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For a country that was the epicenter of video games (and, in many ways, still is), Japan never quite latched onto the MMORPG genre...

You’re an MMOTCG, Harry: NetEase and Warner Bros. announce Harry Potter Magic Awakened

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If you're still mourning the January death of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, don't worry: The franchise has yet another multiplayer wizarding world mobile title...

Chinese martial arts MMORPG Justice Online announces western release but it can be played via cloud gaming now

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Have you heard of Justice Online? Unless you live in China, probably not: It's a martial arts MMORPG based on a wuxia novel by...

Massively Overthinking: The biggest 2021 MMO trainwrecks (almost) nobody noticed

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Believe it or not, we're finally almost done with our entire lineup of turn-of-the-calendar-year content and recaps and tallies. It's exhausting! But I have...
Mortality

Diablo Immortal is ending its closed beta on January 7

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You know what is definitely far more mortal than the name of Diablo Immortal might imply? Its closed beta, which is ending abruptly tomorrow, January...

China’s continued freeze on new gaming approvals sees 14,000 gaming firms in the country shut down

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The fight against the so-called "spiritual opium" of gaming by the Chinese government presses on into the new year. Readers will recall that a...
So steamy.

Steam’s global version appears to have been blocked in China

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It would seem that the Chinese government's continued efforts to bring the games industry to heel has extended to the global version of the...

Survival strategy MMO Myth of Empires is delisted on Steam over copyright infringement allegations

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At the end of November we cast a spotlight on the recent Steam early access launch of the game Myth of Empires, a combination...

Fortnite is closing down in China on November 15

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One of the biggest names in battle royale is closing up shop in China in the middle of this month. The Chinese version of...

The MOP Up: Trove’s Bard sings his way onto the Nintendo Switch

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It's time to RAWK OUT on the Nintendo Switch, thanks to Trove finally bringing the Bard class over to that platform. "The Bard class...

Diablo Immortal launches closed beta today as Blizzard’s pre-investor call infodump continues

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I joked to my husband this morning that Blizzard has been all over the map this week, with a critical investor call looming on...

MMO Business Roundup: China’s crackdown, the COVID bubble, MY.GAMES hires, and the Shatterline leak

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Welcome back to another super fun roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Remember how regulators in China have cracked down on youth gaming in...
For SOME REASON

Vague Patch Notes: Anonymity is not why people are awful online

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One of the intentions of the Vague Patch Notes column is to have a place to share things that we're going to need to...

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