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Lawful Neutral: The bizarre corporate effort to buy RuneScape studio Jagex

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Would it really be a new year without Runescape developer Jagex being involved in some sort of weird corporate sale only to be blocked...

RuneScape studio Jagex disputes RICO-tinged lawsuit over its convoluted ownership

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Earlier this week, RuneScape studio Jagex announced it had been sold to a new investment company, The Carlyle Group. But then we learned another...

Changyou’s World of Shadowbane opens its Steam page, lists a February release window

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Back in December, we caught wind of the 2003 MMORPG Shadowbane preparing for a return on Steam after publisher Changyou snapped up the rights...

MassivelyOP’s Weirdest MMO Stories of 2020: Tencent and the Great Chili Sauce Fraud Caper

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Today we're finishing off our countdown of Massively OP's weirdest MMORPG stories of 2020! Coming in at #1 on our list is... Chinese fraudsters posed as...

CEO of League of Angels and GoT: Winter is Coming dev studio passes away due to suspected poisoning

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You perhaps aren't familiar with Shanghai-based Yoozoo Games, but if you've heard of free-to-play games like Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming or League...

Life is Feudal MMO announces imminent closure, cites ‘reasons beyond [its] control’

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Enjoy this Christmas, Life is Feudal, because it will be your last. The Life is Feudal team made the shocking announcement on Friday that it...
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China’s video game regulators introduce a three-tier age rating system for games

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If you're accustomed to the age rating of games in the US, it's easy to forget that this is a voluntary system rather than...

MMO Business Roundup: Activision’s Netflix lawsuit, Tolkien’s house, Roblox in China, and more

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Welcome back to another quick spin through MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! Fortnite - It doesn't look as if gaming companies are feeling too hopeful...

Gamers review bomb Monster Hunter World on Steam over Monster Hunter film

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There's a clip from the current Monster Hunter film that's drawn a lot of ire particularly from Chinese audiences, which has resulted in some...

Sea of Thieves announces Seasons, the arrival of a battle pass, and the end of active development for Arena

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It's been some time since Sea of Thieves kicked out a news bulletin video -- three months to be exact -- but that time...
Don't let's fight.

Yes, Genshin Impact is blocking Hong Kong and Taiwan-related chat

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There are some words you can't say in Genshin Impact even when chatting with friends. These words are probably not of an enormous surprise to...

Genshin Impact’s international launch is making a big splash outside China

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The release of Genshin Impact on PS4, mobile, and PC has not only caught many by surprise but has also captured a lot of...
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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 publish a...
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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 against...

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 thumb of China's Tencent. Funcom...

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...

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