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MMO Business Roundup: Morhaime is back with Dreamhaven, plus NCsoft’s parking lot and Epic’s Manticore ambitions

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of video game industry news relevant to MMOs and MMO fans! The Morhaimes: When Mike Morhaime announced he was...

Sony admits PlayStation 5 pre-orders ‘could have been smoother,’ promises more consoles through year’s end

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If you were among those who took part in the pre-order blitz for the PlayStation 5 and found things far from well handled,...
See! It's a robot in a jacket.

Disintegration is shutting its multiplayer servers down after less than five months

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In what will no doubt be a non-surprise to pretty much anyone who has paid attention to the industry over the past decade, it...
Hey, that's nice.

MMO Business Roundup: Guild Wars 2 voice acting, EVE Online mental health, Good Game, and more

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO - and MMO-adjacent - industry news! Guild Wars 2: If you've been bummed about Guild Wars 2's...
Team play.

For science: New UK study finds that video games improve the mental health, reading, and writing skills of kids

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So this one's fun. The results of a study performed in the UK between November and December of 2019 have just been released. The...
Borednite.

Director Sir Ridley Scott sounds off on the Fortnite ad spoof with mild disappointment

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Aside from directing Gladiator, Alien, and Blade Runner, Sir Ridley Scott is also known for directing the famous '1984' commercial for Apple - because...
So long, guy. You looked good.

The Daily Grind: What was a great idea you saw in an otherwise unsuccessful MMO?

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If you're familiar with tabletop roleplaying games, you are probably familiar with the concept of the fantasy heartbreaker. To summarize it very quickly for...

MMO Business Roundup: Fortnite iOS’s lost parity, Halo Infinite’s debunked rumors, Funcom’s movie

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent (mostly adjacent today) industry news. Fortnite iOS players who don't read the news are...

G-Star 2020 will now be an all-digital event as a result of COVID-19

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G-Star, South Korea's biggest games industry show, has officially announced that it will be a fully digital affair for 2020 as a result of...
Wow.

Rumor: A new version of the Nintendo Switch is due out some time next year

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Everyone likes the Nintendo Switch. It's a solid console that's portable and fun and useful. About the only thing it's lacking is some hardware...
Another one of these, but the art is more boring.

David Brevik discusses how Diablo 2’s development was marked with a year of crunch

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It's easy to think of "crunch" in game development being something of a more recent phenomenon as we've heard more about it. It's also...

Activision-Blizzard Q2 2020: Year-over-year revenues are up for the first time in six quarters

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We're back with another dip into Activision-Blizzard's financials, this one Q2 2020, the first report since shareholders lambasted the company for excessive executive...

Yet another Ubisoft executive is out of a job in the wake of ongoing sexual misconduct allegations

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Ubisoft is still feeling the effects of sexual harassment allegations at the executive level as Tommy Francois, VP of editorial and creative services,...
Whee.

The summer of no E3 seems to be treating publishers and developers just fine in terms of buzz

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This is the year of no E3, the year with no big summer convention in which everyone packs together in a building to see...
Busting makes me feel lackluster.

Champions of Titan is shutting down at the end of August

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Farewell, Champions of Titan, we scarcely knew you. The game is shutting down on August 31st, which means the game's Steam page...
This is someone else's problem.

EU study recommends taking on lockboxes as a consumer issue rather than a gambling issue

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As much as the companies using them to make bank might want them to, the discussions around lockboxes are not going away. And a...

Nexon has shut down its California studio, canceling at least one PC title

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Nexon's main western studio is no more, as the gaming giant closed down its Irvine location this week and canceled the projects that...

Ubisoft Montreal replaces vacant CEO seat with another long-standing executive

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Earlier this week, we reported that Ubisoft had seen three executives walk from their positions as a result of mounting accusations of...
Engagement.

The Daily Grind: Are you anxious about the Funcom acquisition?

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I read the news today, oh boy. Tencent has bought out all of Funcom's stuff. This is pretty significant; it's yet another...
Accidental burn.

Sony is considering purchasing the Chinese firm Leyou

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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...

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