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

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...
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Final Fantasy XIV finally issues bans to some streamers over addons

So it's only been a couple days since Final Fantasy XIV's Naoki Yoshida once more asked the community to avoid using third-party tools, which...

Blizzard promises to reveal its new Warcraft mobile game on May 3

The speculation about what Blizzard's mobile Warcraft game will look like is almost palpable. Will it be a gacha game? Will it allow you to draw...

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...

Rumor: Ubisoft is on the cusp of being bought out by a private equity firm

If insider reporting is to be believed, the next major gaming acquisition to begin this year is Ubisoft. Reporting from Bloomberg as well as...

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...
Congratulations. This now has to be in our database forever. I hate.

Whatever happened to survival sandbox Life Beyond? It went all-in on blockchain and NFTs

It's been a while since we checked in on survival sandbox Life Beyond, huh? The last time we looked at the game was back...
And we will call it... this land!

The Daily Grind: Has any MMO company reached the point where you’ll never give it money again?

Oh, Blizzard. You have some gigantic damn problems right now, and let's face it, I am definitely not going to give you money at...
Space boats.

The Daily Grind: Do you try more MMOs since free-to-play became the dominant model?

I still remember when boxes for MMOs were very much the default. I owned boxed copies of Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Trek Online,...
Your approval fills me with shame.

Don’t worry, Apple, Roblox likes you instead of Epic in the appeals process

So back when Epic appealed against the ruling in the Epic vs. Apple case - you know, the case that you thought was over...
That's not a doll, guy.

Final Fantasy XI is planning a crossover with Granblue Fantasy in May

So here's an odd promotional crossover we missed when it was first announced. You know Granblue Fantasy? Big gacha game, done quite well for...

EA cancels its usual E3-adjacent EA Play event altogether

Electronic Arts has long had a "you can't fire me, I quit" attitude toward E3 in general. It doesn't want to have to deal...
Ending some eternity, at least.

Three Activision-Blizzard shareholders are under investigation for possible insider trading

Gosh, amidst all of the other scandals rocking Activision-Blizzard, you know what we haven't gotten? A good old insider trading scandal! Maybe in all...
Pie, meet sky.

Lightforge Games raises $15 million in funding for development of a social RPG project

So what is Lightforge Games actually building right now? The answer is that we don't actually know, but we do know that the company has...
It got worse.

Netmarble creates its Marblex blockchain ecosystem in preparation for its arrival to A3 Still Alive

If you were hoping that Netmarble would have read the room and come to its senses regarding cryptocurrency, blockchain, and play-to-earn in the mobile...

The Daily Grind: What was the MMO shutdown that hurt you the most?

You probably know this if you've been here long enough, but there was a time when I was known as "the City of Heroes guy"...

Activision Blizzard faces lawsuits from shareholders regarding the sale to Microsoft

Ah, here we go, the lawsuits have started to roll in about the sale of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft. We all knew they were...

MMO Business Roundup: The gaming industry reacts to the Ukraine crisis

Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business and industry news. Ukraine: First, there's no way around the news that Russia shelled and...
An eye to be kept.

World of Warcraft attempts to diversify its player council as Microsoft prioritizes Activision-Blizzard corporate culture

The player council for World of Warcraft has already been formed and provided feedback, but Blizzard has made it clear that the initial lineup was...