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MMO Business Roundup: China’s gaming crackdown, NetEase Connect, Wild Rift plagiarism, and Valve’s anti-trust lawsuit

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business and industry news. China: The Chinese government is continuing to widen its long-running crackdown on...

Mobile MMOTCG Harry Potter Magic Awakened adds new pre-registration goodies from the IP’s latest film

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At the top of February, Warner Bros., Portkey Games, and NetEase unveiled a new mobile MMOTCG called Harry Potter: Magic Awakened and opened it...

Massively on the Go: Niantic’s Peridot may be cause for Pokemon GO alarm

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Earlier this week, Niantic announced its next location-based game coming to some countries later this month: Peridot. It's about finding and raising virtual pets...

You’re an MMOTCG, Harry: NetEase and Warner Bros. announce Harry Potter Magic Awakened

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If you're still mourning the January death of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, don't worry: The franchise has yet another multiplayer wizarding world mobile title...

Global Chat: Is free-to-play in MMOs universally awful?

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I think a lot of us sport a wide range of opinions on free-to-play business models, particularly depending on the way it's applied to...
Last cast.

Harry Potter Wizards Unite hosts final round of events before its sunset

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This month has been a bittersweet one for players of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, as the mobile ARG announced last November that it would...

Harry Potter MMO ‘almost happened’ before EA scrapped it

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There's a whole raft of "could've been" MMORPG projects that litter the past couple of decades, titles that went through some development but ultimately...

The Game Archaeologist’s ultimate MMO archives v5.0

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It has been another thrilling year of exploring the relatively unknown or forgotten lands of MMORPG history here in The Game Archaeologist. From projects...

The Game Archaeologist: Hero101, the lost KingsIsle superhero MMO

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You do get the sense that KingsIsle once had very grand plans for what is called its "101 Universe." After Wizard101 came out to...

Massively on the Go: Pikmin Bloom began with Nintendo’s vibes, drifted to Niantic’s void

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It's been about a month since Pikmin Bloom was released, and anecdotally, I've noticed social media and real-world communities dying off. But it feels...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 346: Endwalker, ArcheAge, Lost Ark, and New World

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Justin and Bree discuss FFXIV's Endwalker delay, WoW's financials and player council, ArcheAge's new publisher, Gamigo's new MMORPG, Lost Ark's beta, New World's state, DDO update 51, Elder Scrolls Online's Deadlands, Harry Potter Wizard Unite's sunset, and Crowfall's freemium update, with adventures in LOTRO, Fallen Earth, City of Heroes, and Star Wars Galaxies, plus a mailbag topic on worry about the future of the genre.

Niantic is shutting down Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, its second sunset announcement of the year

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Remember how Niantic recently shut down Catan: World Explorers? Well, it's happening again, and this time to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, on January 31st,...
Where's Glimmer?

Battle Bards Episode 203: The music of mobile MMOs

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For this week’s episode, the Battle Bards turn their attention to an oft-neglected realm of MMO music — that of mobile titles. Will Steff...

Massively Overthinking: Would you play your favorite MMO without its IP?

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Nonameplease recently posed us an interesting topic, inspired by a thread on the Star Trek Online subreddit. "It seems most people don't think the...
I suppose it's cheaper than actually hiring someone to design these spaces?

The Game Archaeologist: Jeff Butler on EverQuest, EverQuest Next, and Vanguard

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As an MMO historian, I have to applaud the work of former SOE developer Shawn Lord in his huge interview series with the people...
We're fine! We're fine. Everything is fine. This is fine.

The Daily Grind: Rename your favorite MMO, only worse

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All right, MOP readers, every discussion up to this one has been a warm-up to the main event. Wake up, swig that energy juice,...
Last cast.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite celebrates its second anniversary with 742 million real-world kilometers walked

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Those that choose to dive in deep with an alternate reality game should expect to walk (and drive) an awful lot. And all of...
Whee.

The MOP Up: Who’s showing up to E3 this year?

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It remains to be seen how big or relevant E3 is going to be this year, but there certainly is interest in which studios...

Massively on the Go: Mother Nintendo should make Niantic Earthbound

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So, Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs. No great surprise from me, as I'd mentioned years...
Same hat.

The MOP Up: Destiny 2 sanctions unorthodox raiding

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Just because the devs think you're going to play the game one way doesn't mean that players aren't going to pour a whole lot...

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