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Vague Patch Notes: MOBAs, battle royales, and shallow genre pools in the online gaming space

This past week, Nintendo announced Pokemon Unite, and then I had to go to see a doctor because I rolled my eyes so...

The latest gaming industry #metoo callouts impact Twitch, MMOs, MOBAs, and esports

The gaming industry is seeing a second wave - a second wave of the #metoo movement, that is. As we covered earlier this...

SMITE introduces new character skins from Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra

It appears that the developers of SMITE are continuing to reach into the well of fiction for additions to the game. Starting in...

The MOP Up: Niantic halts plan to discontinue Pokemon Go on old mobile devices

This month, Pokemon Go announced that it was discontinuing support for 32-bit Android mobile devices, mostly devices released prior to 2015, including the...

SMITE suspends 5,000 accounts due to racist chat

The chat box of an MMO was never meant to be a safe haven for racists, but with the protests across the US calling...

Cthulhu is coming to SMITE in June

A lot of the time, Cthulhu seems to arrive in a more sneaky and sinister manner, imposing influence slowly over the course of time...

The MOP Up: Twin Saga blossoms into spring

Spring has blossomed in Twin Saga, with the huge Update 25 bringing a new Senshi quest, the Trade Fjord and Fairy Valley zones,...

Massively Overthinking: Canaries in the MMO coal mine

A few weeks back on the MOP Podcast, reader Danny posed us such a provocative question that we said right then we were...

The MOP Up: Star Sonata 2 reboots the universe

If you've been playing Star Sonata 2, you need to prepare yourself for the end of the universe -- and the start of...

The MOP Up: Darkfall Rise of Agon heats up

No, Darkfall Rise of Agon's map up there didn't just contract chicken pox; that's a "heat map" showing all of the bloodthirsty...

The Stream Team: Happy 6th birthday SMITE

Today SMITE turns six years old, and Massively OP's MJ is ready to celebrate with some carnage! She's jumping in for a few arena...

Desert Oasis: How Pearl Abyss can guarantee Shadow Arena succeeds

Hands down, Shadow Arena is my favorite battle royale. But just because I've written so many glowing words of accolades for the game...

Coronavirus leads to E3’s cancellation, plus SMITE and Pokemon Go postpone events

Update: The ESA has now made it official. We've included the press release at the end of this article. If you thought it was strange...

The Daily Grind: How do you feel about MMO cross-promotions?

Whether it's sanctioned or not, the tradition of MMOs taking any opportunity to draw upon the popularity of other entertainment mediums has been around...

Massively Uplifting: DragonCon announces official charity, more studios support Australian wildfire relief

This past month has been filled with its share of dark news, not the least of which is the coronavirus that is plaguing the...

Global Agenda officially died back in 2018 and (almost) nobody noticed

Back in 2017, we lumped Global Agenda in with other titles that seemed to have vanished. Why haven't we heard from them?...

SMITE discusses changes coming to its seventh esports season, previews Loki rework

SMITE esports has been going strong for six seasons now, and season seven is looking to make a number of changes to schedules,...

Mulan arrives to the roster of Smite on February 25

While not exactly a goddess, Hua Mulan is a legendary figure in her own right and she knows a thing or three about...

Massively Uplifting: Saving lives and wildlife, studios and gamers start 2020 with compassion and charity

A new year has begun, and many folks are looking ahead to a better 2020. And who might be making it better? Gamers! Many...

Kentucky high school athletic commission bans Fortnite from high school esports competition

The Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) has officially called for the removal of Fortnite from high school esports competition, expressing concern at...

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