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Riot Games’ Neom esports fiasco came about because people are bad at email

At the tail end of July, Riot Games managed to piss off gamers, streamers, esports stars, and its own developers by unilaterally announcing a...

Activision-Blizzard Q2 2020: Year-over-year revenues are up for the first time in six quarters

We're back with another dip into Activision-Blizzard's financials, this one Q2 2020, the first report since shareholders lambasted the company for excessive executive...

Call of Duty gamers ignore pandemic-related safety orders at unofficial esports gathering

I never got the impression that some players of Call of Duty are a particularly compliant bunch, and that assumption was not helped...

Riot Games canceled its League of Legends esports partnership with Saudia Arabia after massive backlash

The League of Legends esports community was set on fire and then partially doused this week thanks to a decision - now rescinded...

League of Legends revamps its esports site, Legends of Runeterra kicks off the Spirit Blossom Festival

Two of Riot Games' titles are in our news room, so why not just bundle the two together? It should be easier for you...

Valorant is selling a series of skins that turn your weapons into dragons for a total of $100

Sure, you could shoot foes in Valorant with boring guns like a pleb, or you could have tiny yet grumpy dragons cough at...
Well well well, how the turntable.

China cancels all international sporting events for 2020, sending LoL esports into limbo

If anyone here was looking forward to esports events that were set to be hosted in China like the League of Legends World...

Chinese fraudsters posed as a famous chili sauce brand to get free keys out of Tencent — and it worked

What you're about to read is an account of how three guys in China defrauded Tencent under the guise of a famous chili sauce...

Massively Overthinking: Can Amazon actually save Crucible?

Earlier this week, Amazon pulled Crucible back into closed beta for some hefty retooling, a move that surprised basically no one. We'd watched...

Obituary: WoW and Hearthstone esports star and Twitch streamer Reckful

Gamers and Twitch fans are in mourning this afternoon, as reports confirming the death of streamer Byron "Reckful" Bernstein have hit social media. Both...
In a world of human wreckage.

This week in why we can’t have nice things: Method, EA, and Ubisoft

The fallout from June's games industry abuse and assault call-outs continues. Let's start with Method, the guild that's been driving World of Warcraft's...

Elder Scrolls Online doxxing drama ends with one partnered streamer booted

The Elder Scrolls Online community has been abuzz this weekend over an incident that rocked the game's streaming crew. According to streamer
Make them fight.

Vague Patch Notes: MOBAs, battle royales, and shallow genre pools in the online gaming space

This past week, Nintendo announced Pokemon Unite, and then I had to go to see a doctor because I rolled my eyes so...

MMO Business Roundup: Stalker Online hack, Oculus Go, Army esports collab, and Apple’s next move

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Stalker hack: If you're one of the mostly Russian players of Wargaming's Stalker Online,...

The latest gaming industry #metoo callouts impact Twitch, MMOs, MOBAs, and esports

The gaming industry is seeing a second wave - a second wave of the #metoo movement, that is. As we covered earlier this...
No screenshots yet, obviously.

Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds studio raises an additional $10 million in funding

We still know nothing about what the first project out of Raph Koster's new studio, Playable Worlds, will actually look like. But we do...
Again, again!

The first esports tournament in World of Warcraft: Classic is the new Summer Bowl

Now that there's a second form of World of Warcraft out and playable, don't you want to know who's the best player in...

MMO Business Roundup: Paradox signs union agreement, shareholders slam Activision-Blizzard

Welcome back to another quickie roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent gaming industry business news. Activision-Blizzard is under fire yet again for its corporate management,...
This is what we were really missing.

League of Legends esports matches will now have ads on the battlefield

At long last, Riot Games is going to bring the most desired part of professional sports to the esports events of League of...
cars go vroom vroom

Formula E driver gets caught cheating in an esports race after using a surrogate driver

It really seemed like a no-brainer, didn't it? If racing can't happen in real life, you can just go over to video games about...

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