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Canadian class action lawsuit argues EA’s lootboxes constitute illegal gambling

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Ah, it's a good thing for the companies relying on lockboxes that people have completely forgotten about those this year, isn't it? Turns out...
Less than radical, really.

Cliffy B now states he might return to game development after all

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In November of 2018, Cliff Bleszinski (or "Cliffy B" if you prefer) stated that he was never making another game ever again, for real,...
Wait, different LA.

LA Comic Con 2020 is finally cancelled

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Well, this qualifies as good news. Sure, we have absolutely zero doubt that some people will be sad to hear that LA Comic Con...
Ta-da!

Black Desert confirms that it will be compatible with the PlayStation 5

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Let's face it, no one likes having to deal with the fact that the communities for every version of Black Desert are locked to...
Good news, friends! I have terrible news.

ZeniMax Online Studios appears to be ramping up development of its long-speculated new MMO

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If you've been wondering what's going on with that new IP that's almost certainly in development at ZeniMax Online Studios... well, we don't know...
If you look to your left, you will see a sad person.

World of Warcraft’s Chromie Time auto-disables at level 50; refunds are being offered for Shadowlands

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When you level your alts through World of Warcraft content starting when the Shadowlands pre-patch arrives on October 13th, you can do so with Chromie Time...
Is contempt the word I'm looking for here?

The Daily Grind: What makes you most likely to spend money on a free-to-play MMO?

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There are two basic approaches that strike me when it comes to free-to-play monetization, as I see it. The first is a sense of...

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...
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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, then...
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 pandemic-times...
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 in...

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 pay...

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, is...

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