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MMO Business Roundup: China’s freeze, ABK’s new diversity officer, and Sony and Epic’s metaverse

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. China has ended its latest gaming-approval freeze after nine months of regulators locking out...
The first one was enough.

Second Life’s Philip Rosedale is skeptical about the promises of the metaverse

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Let's not kid ourselves, everyone: Second Life was doing the metaverse thing before the metaverse was cool. It's basically entirely built around the idea of...

SpatialOS had a huge head start on beating Facebook to the metaverse

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About five years ago, the word "SpatialOS" was everywhere: It was supposed to be a platform designed to build previously impossible online worlds -...

Facebook commits to hiring 10,000 employees in the EU to build its metaverse

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How many people does it take to build a metaverse? If you're Facebook, you have a pretty definitive number: 10,000. That's the amount of...

Facebook is building a multi-billion dollar virtual universe

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Normally, the announcement of a new MMO or virtual world would elicit nothing but excitement from our quarter, but there's something ominous in hearing...
lol

Oculus pauses sales of the Quest 2 to address headset foam issue

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If you were abut to buy yourself an Oculus Quest 2, you can't. Not right away, anyhow. A new notification from the team indicates...

GDC 2021: Biometrics, advertising, and charming communities in video games

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While other gaming conventions do big game reveals, the beauty of GDC is that we hear about some of the cool tech and practices...

MMO Business Roundup: EA’s executive compensation, Facebook’s Oculus shenanigans, KRAFTON’s IPO

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! Electronic Arts is still awful: Remember how EA shareholders voted against its compensation...

Twitch lowers a (temporary?) banhammer on Donald Trump

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Following the shameful events of this past week in Washington D.C. during which an outgoing U.S. president urged supporters to storm the Capitol, many...
lol

PSA: Oculus users who delete their linked Facebook account will lose their entire app library

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So, remember when Facebook commanded that Oculus Rift or Quest users link the device to their Facebook accounts? Wasn't that such a grand idea?...

Fallout 76 roleplay group had its Facebook account terminated for being mistakenly flagged as a hate group

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Politically, things in the US are... charged, to say the least, and the impact of misinformation efforts across social media platforms is more in...

Oculus now demands you connect via Facebook for VR

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While it doesn't seem like the virtual reality headset revolution truly swept the land as industry experts were expertly expecting a few years ago,...
Our faith has been rewarded!

Peria Chronicles promises to announce something soon via Facebook

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Those of us who were still looking forward to Peria Chronicles got used to being mocked. We grew accustomed to being told that we were...

Facebook lawsuit reveals ‘friendly fraud’ tactics it employed against underage online gamers

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For many of us, Facebook use is something we do grudgingly -- we're never quite liking the social platform, but we're also unable to...

Prosperous Universe liberally borrows from Facebook for one of its systems

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With so much going on while you attempt to manage your own space economic empire, you're going to need a little help to stay...

EVE Evolved: How much toxic, antisocial behaviour should MMOs tolerate?

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The EVE Online community is aflame this week after alliance leader gigX was permanently banned for making threats of real-life violence against another player...
So, probably not.

Oculus Rift price drops to $400

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How cheap does a VR headset and motion controller have to be before you'll consider purchasing it? Facebook is hoping the answer to that...
this is duuuuuuuumb

Palmer Luckey departs Oculus

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The founder of Oculus has officially left the building. Palmer Luckey, co-founder of the company, has left the company and Facebook (as the owner...
So, probably not.

Oculus drops the price of its VR headset to $499

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Do you know people who would love to hook themselves up with VR headsets but balk a bit at the price? Oculus is making...
So, probably not.

Best Buy is pulling Oculus demo stations

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The best hope for VR headsets to move units is indisputably in the field of demonstrations. That's really always been the hope that the...

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