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The MOP Up: Valorant welcomes Yoru to the roster

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With the new character of Yoru joining up in Patch 2.0, Valorant's getting more interesting by the day. The team's also helping

The best Massively OP community leaderboard polls, 2020 edition

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We didn't do quite as many Leaderboard polls this year as in previous years, largely because... well, we've already asked a lot of...

Tencent moves forward in buying Leyou Technologies for over a billion bucks

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Throughout the 2020, we've been covering the many companies competing to buy up Leyou Technology, the holding company that both owns the...

Not So Massively: Reflections on Blizzard, one year after the Hong Kong fiasco

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Almost exactly a year ago, I declared that the Blizzard I loved is dead, in reaction to the Blitzchung/Hearthstone/Hong Kong fiasco. Twelve months...
Don't let's fight.

Yes, Genshin Impact is blocking Hong Kong and Taiwan-related chat

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There are some words you can't say in Genshin Impact even when chatting with friends. These words are probably not of an enormous...

Activision takes heat for poor female representation in its games over the last decade

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If for some reason you're not already annoyed enough with Activision-Blizzard right now, GIbiz has a new piece up that digs...

Tencent edges out Sony in Leyou Technologies buyout negotiations

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A week or two ago, we covered the especially-amusing-to-MMO-fans news that Sony was gunning to buy up Leyou, the Chinese holding company that...

The MOP Up: Second Life’s super expensive brothel

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It's not every week that my editor marches up to me and demands that I cover virtual brothels as headlining stories, but this did...

RuneScape studio Jagex finally confirms it was sold for $530M to a new ‘global asset management company’

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Over the course of 2019, we covered the news that RuneScape developer Jagex was being put up for sale by the Chinese holding...

Animal Crossing New Horizons pulled from China after in-game protests, players create security for trading

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While Animal Crossing New Horizons wouldn't normally be on our radar on a regular basis, there has been enough shenanigans coming from the...

The Game Archaeologist: Shenmue Online

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If you ever stumble across a Dreamcast enthusiast -- and believe me, they are everywhere -- on the forefront of their diatribe about how...
Chill.

Activision-Blizzard’s Q4 2019 revenues are down YoY for the fourth straight quarter

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So here we are in 2020, looking back at the last quarter of 2019 for Blizzard. Nothing big happened or anything, just a massive...

Leaderboard: Four months after the Blitzchung Hong Kong mess, are you still boycotting Blizzard?

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MOP reader Pepperzine recently dropped us an email about Blizzard that we've put off until today very intentionally. Why? Because tomorrow, Activision-Blizzard releases its...
You know who is what here.

Blitzchung: No regrets for speaking up for Hong Kong despite Hearthstone suspension

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Chung Ng Wai, better known as Blitzchung, took a big risk when he spoke out in support of Hong Kong on an official Hearthstone...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO studio had the best communication in 2019?

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I am in the weird position lately of finding that my favorite live MMOs are not necessarily made by my favorite studios. I find...

Tales of Wind releases on PC, announces several updates and a server merge

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Tales of Wind has been pretty busy over the past few days. Not only has it released on PC last week, it has...

Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO news stories of 2019

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When we sit back to look at the biggest headlines of the year, we don't have to look far. These are the stories that...

Activision-Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick downplays the role of politics in games

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Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick clearly doesn't fear the Blizzard boycott that is still technically ongoing following Blizzard's October decision to penalize a...

Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan thinks Blizzard’s Blitzchung punishment was too harsh

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Last week, it was players, game industry leaders, and congress against Blizzard in the matter of Hearthstone player Blitzchung's sentencing over pro-Hong Kong...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst of BlizzCon 2019

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BlizzCon 2019 is behind us, finally, and we're winding down our coverage and trying to put a capstone on the experience. In this...

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