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Valve abruptly cancels Dota 2 esports tourney over COVID, ticking off teams

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There's some bad news coming out of the Dota 2 esports scene, as Valve has made the snap decision to cancel its February Pro...
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E3 2022 will once more be an all-digital event in the face of COVID omicron surge

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The omicron variant of COVID-19, which has been surging across the US to the tune of over 600K daily infections, has once again forced...

PAX East 2022 will be in-person in April, requiring vaccines and masking

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ReedPop and Penny Arcade announced this week that PAX East is on for 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts, returning to an in-person event from April...

Massively on the Go: First impressions of the multiplayer Mario Party Superstars

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We've talked about Mario Party a few times on MassivelyOP, but only recently, as the Mario Kart series is both older and probably more familiar to...

EVE Fanfest set to return as a ‘COVID-safe event’ in May 2022

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"The gate is green -- and EVE Fanfest is returning!" After two years off for some reason or another, EVE Fanfest is preparing to...
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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers (not) in review

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All right, prepare the fireworks and explosions; I'm going to dazzle you all with an astonishing hot take. Ready for it? Final Fantasy XIV's...
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Epic Games retracts a policy that granted extra days off to employees

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The 40-hour, five-day work week is something of a de facto standard for a lot of office jobs, but the COVID-19 pandemic shifted a...

Massively Uplifting: Warframe fights cancer, Square Enix helps the Red Cross, and Extra Life 2021 looms

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Summer has ended, school has started, and now the leaves have begun to fall as the air turns cooler. It's a time of coziness...

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...
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DOTA 2 The International refunds live-audience tix because the pandemic didn’t go away

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For those who somehow haven't noticed, the COVID-19 pandemic didn't go away. We're still very much in the middle of it here in the...

Pokemon Go’s ‘postponed’ Safari Zones going hybrid, still no party hats for Japan, Korea, or Italy

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Niantic is still trying to get Pokemon GO players outside despite backlash and ongoing hashtag tomfoolery, though right now it's doing so in a hybrid...

Pokemon Go subreddit goes dark to protest Reddit’s stance on COVID disinfo

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For once, the Pokemon Go community is protesting someone other than Niantic when it comes to COVID. Earlier this month, Reddit community leaders began agitating...

EVE London is returning with a physical viewing party of the Alliance Tournament on November 6

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Fans of EVE Online in the UK or those who are able to travel to London have a little something to look forward to...
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Niantic finally reverted the Pokemon GO COVID interaction radius after player boycott

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It seems the blowback from the Pokemon GO community in response to Niantic's gym/Pokestop situation had some teeth after all. While the community -...

Gamescom 2021 touts over 70 devs and publishers, highlights panels on education and societal change

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While this year's Gamescom is going to be different as it's forced to go all-digital due to COVID-19, the event itself is going to...

Pokemon Go’s New Zealand rollbacks show Niantic is more concerned with local law than actual safety

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Good news: New Zealanders have had their Pokemon Go PokeStop and Gym radius restored to 80 meters, exactly what the community has been asking...

PAX Australia 2021 has been canceled due to COVID, replaced by online event

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PAX Australia has canceled its in-person event originally planned for October 8th through 10th, Reedpop announced late last night. "At the start of the year,...

Massively on the Go: Niantic’s response to Pokemon Go’s community is painfully deficient

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Well, the timing of my last Pokemon Go article on the release of the ill-timed spin/interaction nerf was interesting in that it coincided with what felt...

Massively on the Go: Niantic ditching Pokemon Go’s COVID benefits was a dangerous mistake

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Recently I was forced into isolation since an untrustworthy family member hid COVID symptoms from the household and our vaccinated guests who were going...

Activision-Blizzard Q2 2021: Activision revenues are up, Blizzard MAUs are down amid sexism scandal

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Back in May, we got quite a bit of unexpected attention here at MassivelyOP as the headline for our coverage of Activision-Blizzard's Q1 2021...

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