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ESA claims it is ‘currently having conversations’ about E3 in 2024 and 2025

With E3 officially dead for this year, many are likely assuming that the Entertainment Software Association's marquee show is completely dead. This presumption was...

World of Warcraft producer claims Blizzard is bleeding talent and creating ‘crisis maps’ for feature releases

It would appear that another bout of brain drain is afflicting Blizzard as a whole and World of Warcraft in specific. One of the...

Riot MMO’s principal game designer steps down in what former Riot dev calls ‘a natural part of the life cycle of a game dev’

The MMORPG that Riot is developing has apparently lost another member of its senior staff. Justin "Xenogenic" Hanson announced his departure from Riot this...
Curse you.

Germany’s games ratings board creates new labels with warnings about lootboxes, MTX, and online chat

The physical and digital packaging of video games in Germany is going to have a lot more granular detail thanks to updates being applied...
Gosh, I'm glad there aren't any tombs around here!

Amazon Games is working to develop and publish the next Tomb Raider title

Amazon Games might have had some trouble with getting its games to market and/or getting them to take off, but there's some hope now...

Leaderboard: Has the gaming community ‘beaten’ NFTs?

I have to give this article in Bloomberg a lot of props for being something you don't see very often: a piece touting the...

Odin Valhalla Rising’s Lionheart Studio retracts IPO listing plans over valuation issues and market fatigue

Earlier this month we reported on Odin: Valhalla Rising developer Lionheart Studio's plans to list its IPO on the Korean KOSDAQ stock exchange, which...
The continuation.

China’s restrictions on game time sees a drop in minors’ gaming engagement in the country

Last year, the Chinese government tightened the screws on minors' gaming access, limiting play time to only three hours a week at specific times...

Sony appears to have set up an internal game preservation department

It probably goes without saying that we here at Massively Overpowered are kind of fond of game preservation, helped by the fact that we...
You are bad and you should feel bad.

Habbo Hotel goes full play-to-earn with the announcement of Habbo X

Remember when having Habbo Hotel owner Sulake selling off Habbo-based NFTs seemed just like it was pointlessly destructive grifting from an isolated unscrupulous developer? Good times....

The Daily Grind: Which MMO studio do you find the least believable?

Over the course of several years working in this industry, I have grown more willing to believe some studios and less willing to believe...
Good plan!

Square-Enix’s president is still bullish on the prospect of NFTs and blockchain in gaming

Have you forgotten about president Yosuke Matsuda's buzzword-laden blockchain pitch from the start of the year? It's entirely possible you have, since in the...
Let it die.

Netmarble promises a bunch of blockchain titles despite their being banned in its home country

Just an FYI if you were starting to forget this or something, Netmarble is a garbage company. There's plenty of reasons to think that,...
Thanks, I hate it.

Sony boss stresses that Bungie acquisition is about multiplatform live service games

If you were worried about the future of Destiny 2 on your platform of choice, the latest interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan...

Vague Patch Notes: Why play-to-earn is a garbage idea

Good afternoon, readers. Do you remember not so long ago when I talked about the fact that MMOs are perfectly fine as just games...
I'm purely decorative!

The Daily Grind: Which 2021 MMO do you think has the best shot at revitalizing itself?

The good news for 2021 in our genre was that there were a lot of MMOs that made it to release. The bad news is...

Take-Two acquires Zynga for a price of $12.7 billion

If you've ever played one of the FarmVille games and thought that it would be much better if you could hop in a stolen motor...
Oh, great.

GameStop plans to create an NFT and crypto marketplace this year

If you've ever wondered how GameStop manages to keep making the worst decisions and losing money with a zeal and intensity usually reserved for...
We're doing great, promise.

Raven Software strike extends to its third week as Activision-Blizzard claims management is listening

January 3rd marked the third week during which the staff for Raven Software (responsible for several Call of Duty titles including Call of Duty: Warzone) was...
Still miss the combo here.

Final Fantasy XIV suspends sales and ads to mitigate Endwalker server congestion

So, anecdotally, how's the congestion situation for you in Final Fantasy XIV? Getting better? Director and producer Naoki Yoshida clearly feels that it's not getting...