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Accidental burn.

Sony is considering purchasing the Chinese firm Leyou

You probably don't think a whole lot about Leyou at this point, but you probably should; the holding company owns most of Digital Extremes...
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...
We never like these things.

PEGI adds lockbox warnings to rating labels

That sure didn't take long. Earlier this week, we found out that the ESRB would be adding a specific content warning to games...
Whee.

E3 won’t be happening in a digital format this year

The cancellation of E3 2020 was significant; even if the trade show has been generally diminished in importance over the past several years, it's...
So steamy.

Steam adds in a new interactive recommendation feature

There are a lot of games on Steam. What the heck do you want to play? Valve is hoping to solve that particular problem...

Google Stadia apparently has offered insufficient incentives for devs on the platform

So why exactly is Stadia - a major platform launched pushed by Google of all the companies in the world - floundering so badly? The...
In space, no one can transmit illness.

The Daily Grind: How much do you see COVID-19 impacting the MMO sphere?

It's not really surprising that COVID-19 is having an impact on gaming. No, the disease is not rampaging through the world with a horribly...
This is what you are.

The IRS deleted guidelines citing Fortnite’s Vbucks as virtual currency like Bitcoin

Every so often you just get to see a news story and think to yourself that this is going to turn into a major issue...
Marketing!

Vague Patch Notes: How to read games industry investor reports as a player

The old adage goes that diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a rock. By extension, marketing is the...
Fair's fair.

Nexon agrees to a wage increase after negotiations with its labor union

Well, this is a nice surprise for anyone who had been rooting for the labor unions. After lengthy negotiations following a year of big...
Ridin spinnas, ridin spinnas

Rumor has it that Electronic Arts is doing something with Knights of the Old Republic

Attention all hands; this is not a drill. Or maybe it is because, well... rumors are what they are. But the current rumor is...
This is someone else's problem.

UK NHS director calls out lootboxes as ‘under the radar’ gambling

As much as the developers who make lockboxes would probably like for the random packs of items to start slipping back under the radar,...
Tainted.

ESA responds to Sony’s skipping of E3 2020, saying the show will be ‘high-energy’

So if you missed the news due to it generally being shrug-worthy, it turns out that Sony has decided to skip out on...
Try this again.

The Daily Grind: Which MMO studio would you like to see make another MMO?

Every MMO studio has its own particular style and flavor. You can argue that the game itself matters more than its point of origin,...
Nothing really changes.

EA Spouse was 15 years ago, and not much has changed in games development

When it arrived back in 2004, EA Spouse felt like a wakeup call. But now it's easy to mark how long it has been...

Nexon Korea employees stage a protest to stop restructuring and call for job security

In late August, we reported on plans for Nexon's union members to protest against efforts to restructure the company and demand assurances that...
Browse our whatever

Pearl Abyss takes over for Nexon and NCsoft as the biggest exhibitor at South Korea’s G-star

It's really unusual that neither NCsoft nor Nexon will be exhibiting this year at South Korea's G-Star conference in November. This prompted some nervousness...

Hi-Rez Studios announces the launch of UK-based Red Beard Games

It looks like Hi-Rez Studios is making sure the plural in its name is relevant. The company announced the launch of Red Beard...
Uh.

The Daily Grind: Have you ever felt schadenfreude from an MMO’s collapse?

Schadenfreude, a word many of us learned from The Simpsons, is a term meaning "shameful joy" that refers to feeling good about something you...
Well, thanks anyhow.

ZeniMax has settled its ‘Redfall’ trademark dispute

Good news for fans of the name "Redfall," whether you're a fan of what is hypothetically the title of The Elder Scrolls VI or the...

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