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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...
Sure, why not, who cares.

Bless Eternal Mobile releases in full to Chinese players – here’s some gameplay footage

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What's this? A mobile version of Bless? There is indeed such a thing; it's called Bless Mobile, and readers will recall that it arrived...

China adds new rules against games with ‘effeminate males’ and ‘blurred moral boundaries’

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The Chinese government is further putting the screws to game developers in the country according to the details of a new internal memo from...

Perfect Ten: It’s time to end all dragons in MMORPGs

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If a genie ever appeared to grant me three wishes, I would not hesitate. I would not be selfish by asking for more wishes...

Regulators in China and the UK turn their eyes toward streaming, gaming currency

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China isn't content to bulldoze its own local gaming industry by freezing game approvals, blocking kids from gaming outside of tiny windows, and freaking...

New World dishes on its China-themed Ebonscale Reach endgame zone

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Amazon has put out a new video on New World today, this one on the cultures and civilizations in the game. If you spied...

Tencent, Netease hit with stock losses amid China’s gaming industry clampdown

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If you've been following the gaming industry for a while, you probably remember the big "freezes" that the Chinese government placed on new game...

China’s new kid gaming time regulations are already causing industry trainwrecks

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At the end of August, we noted that China was following through on its plan to set extreme limits on minors' gaming time -...

MMO Business Roundup: Clockwork Labs’ sandbox startup, NPIXEL, LOTRO’s community, and more

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Welcome back to another quickie roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Business business business! Clockwork Labs: Brand-new indie game studio Clockwork Labs has raised...

China now limits minors’ gaming time to three hours a week, indicates anti-monopoly policies are forthcoming

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The Chinese government is introducing a significant crackdown on gaming for minors as state media has reported that children will only be allowed to...

Bless Unleashed gets a boost from Chinese players as Round8 renames servers

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If you've paid attention to the concurrency numbers that Bless Unleashed is doing on SteamDB, you might be wondering how a game that largely...

Bless Unleashed PC celebrates a new China server’s opening and holds a contest for Japanese players

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These are (hopefully) happy times for Asian players of Bless Unleashed on PC. For one thing, the China server list is getting a fourth...

Krafton’s IPO launch didn’t go to plan thanks to China and Tencent

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Yesterday was supposed to be a huge day for Krafton, the South Korean gaming giant behind everything from TERA to PUBG, as it launched...

Tencent reacts to Chinese state media calling online games ‘spiritual opium’ by adding new restrictions

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Young online game fans in China are going to be facing some new restrictions from Tencent-operated games. That's in response to an article from...
Here we go again.

Tower of Fantasy is a new MMO from Perfect World Entertainment with a sci-fi bent

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Ah, Tower of Fantasy, a perfect title for a game that actually looks to be more science-fiction inspired than fantasy-inspired. Here, let's get your...

Swords of Legends has officially launched today – and it’s already spun up a new server

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It came all but out of nowhere this spring, and now it's live in the west: Gameforge's AAA MMORPG import Swords of Legends Online...

Conqueror’s Blade begins its eighth season, this one focused on China’s Tang Dynasty

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MY.GAMES has pushed out a new season for hybrid action MMORTS Conqueror's Blade today as promised - its eighth to date. It's called Dynasty,...
Cloudy?

Chinese gamers beware: Tencent’s games now tattle on minors using facial recognition

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Tencent, the company that owns like half of the world's online titles at this point, is doing the Chinese government a solid by taking...

Blizzard retools World of Warcraft’s Mythic Dungeon International, offers $380K prize pool

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Scoff all you want at MMORPG esports, but Blizzard has a nice chunk of change on offer for World of Warcaft's Mythic Dungeon International....

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