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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...
Turns out esports are terrible.

Overwatch League team Vancouver Titans loses its entire roster amidst controversy

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There has been some talk that the third season of the Overwatch League is kind of crucial for attracting viewers and convincing fans...

Gaming-focused chat platform Guilded secures $7 million in funding

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Yep, another chat platform is seeking to take Discord's crown, but in the case of Guilded, it's doing so with what it purports...
No expression.

ActiBlizz Q1 2020: Blizzard MAUs flat at 32M, but revenue jumps ahead of Shadowlands, launching Q4

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It won't surprise you, given the current global health crisis, that a large portion of Activision-Blizzard's first quarter revenue report and conference call focused...

GDC Summer, Dota 2’s The International, and Fortnite’s World Cup suffer fresh setbacks thanks to the pandemic

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More bad news for gaming convention-goers and esports fans: Everything is canceled. OK, not everything, but a lot. And not canceled, but postponed or...

COVID-19 roundup: Rockstar and Jagex help save the UK’s National Videogame Museum and more

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COVID-19 is still very much a thing in most of our staff's and readers' lives, and it's still very much impacting the games industry. A...

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