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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...

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...
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World of Warcraft has its first trans character in the Shadowlands alpha and prepares the Darkmoon Faire on live

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The first canonical trans character in World of Warcraft is here in Shadowlands: Pelagos, an aspirant among the Kyrians whose mortal form was...

J. Allen Brack says Blizzard will combat racism through donations, bans, and education

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Nobody's ever going to hold Blizzard up as a paragon of virtue, but President J. Allen Brack said that the studio is trying to...
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ActiBlizz Q1 2020: Blizzard MAUs flat at 32M, but revenue jumps ahead of Shadowlands, launching Q4

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It won't surprise you, given the current global health crisis, that a large portion of Activision-Blizzard's first quarter revenue report and conference call focused...

Desert Oasis: How Pearl Abyss can guarantee Shadow Arena succeeds

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

Was J. Allen Brack right about fans not wanting WoW Classic?

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It was back in 2013 that now-Blizzard President J. Allen Brack issued his infamously condescending line of "You think you do, but you...

Visions of N’Zoth boosted World of Warcraft subs, but it’s lost tons since WoW Classic’s 2019 peak

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SuperData's January 2020 games industry revenue rankings are up, with only mild shakeups since December 2019. On the PC side, Red Dead...

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...

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...

Massively Overthinking: The best and worst MMO developer quotes of 2019

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It's long-since become a multi-year and fun tradition on Massively OP to do an end-of-year recap of the best and worst...
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J. Allen Brack says the Blitzchung incident ‘exposed some immaturity’ in Blizzard

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It's a bit long in the tooth now with BlizzCon well behind us, but the Esports Observer published an interview with Blizzard's J....
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BlizzCon 2019: Here’s Blizzard’s apology for its Hearthstone esports disaster

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Blizzard's Hearthstone Hong Kong fiasco was very much on our minds this morning as the Massively OP team prepared for BlizzCon, and we...

Mike Morhaime waxes nostalgic about the crunch of early Blizzard

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Do you miss Mike Morhaime? The former Blizzard president stepped off the main stage last fall as he handed the reins of the studio...

Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime will leave planned advisory role in April

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Back in October, Blizzard announced that Mike Morhaime was stepping down as president of the company after 27 years working there. While World...
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Mike Morhaime steps down as Blizzard president; J Allen Brack takes over

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Looks like there's a changing of the guard over at Activision Blizzard: The company just announced that World of Warcraft Executive Producer...

World of Warcraft Classic progresses: ‘This is the right decision’

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Desperate for some World of Warcraft Classic news now that the BlizzCon high has faded? Forbes has an interview up with Blizzard...

World of Warcraft Classic announcement sends shockwaves through the vanilla emulator community

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As the World of Warcraft community grapples with the surprise BlizzCon announcement of a classic server, one subset of players in...

BlizzCon 2017: World of Warcraft’s classic server will be a ‘massive effort’

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In the process of picking yourself up off of the floor following Friday's announcement of World of Warcraft Classic at BlizzCon 2017?...
If you look to your left, you will see a sad person.

BlizzCon 2017: World of Warcraft ‘Classic’ finally delivers on legacy servers

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World of Warcraft delivered a jaw-dropping surprise to its loyal community with an amazing announcement at this weekend's BlizzCon. Blizzard took to the...

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