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Lawful Neutral: The long fall of Project Copernicus’ 38 Studios

There are some MMO stories that are just unbelievable. They are so warped convoluted and confusing that we think there's no possible way it...

Lawful Neutral: Money laundering and micro-laundering in the MMO industry

Previously on Lawful Neutral, we talked about currency and how video game companies try very hard to not be classified as a currency...
YOUR MONEY IS NOW OUR MONEY, AND WE WILL USE IT TO BUY DRUGS

MMO Business Roundup: Video game gambling, toxicity, post-lawsuit reconciliation, and successful UX design

Welcome back to another mish-mash roundup of MMO-business-related happenings that just don't fit in anywhere else. To wit: On game gambling: Remember the bizarrely bad...

Lawful Neutral: Mr. Krabs’ Wacky Bucks and currency in online games

I used to watch Spongebob religiously. I loved the days when I could put on Nickelodeon and have Spongebob on for hours. One of...

UK’s Gambling Commission considers prosecuting video game companies that facilitate gambling

It sounds as if the UK is preparing for a bit of a crackdown on video game gambling of the third-party kind. According to...

Lawful Neutral: Dance studios, canvas bags, and ‘false advertising’ in the MMO industry

As I was writing our Lawful Neutral expose of Nerd Kingdom a few weeks ago, I was pretty bothered by the conduct of...
ride eternal shiny and chrome

Jordan bans PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, plans to ban Fortnite and others

The Jordanian government has announced that the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) has officially banned PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. According to a report from Jordanian...
Uh... hmm.

Another DDOS e-thug has landed jail time – this one owes Daybreak $95K

We get so many tips about MMOs being DDOSed that we often don't even cover them unless they stretch on for days or there's...

Newly proposed Chinese gaming regulations target romantic plotlines and sexual content

Love conquers all -- except for Chinese gaming regulations, if the recently proposed rules for game content regulation come to pass. The People's Daily,...
NO BOOSTING

South Korea’s anti-boosting law has gone into effect

Let's say your friend Trab is a terrible player, but you want him to be playing in a slightly higher bracket in Overwatch,...
TUG

Lawful Neutral: TUG’s Nerd Kingdom is the Real Slim Shady

I hate being disappointed. I doubt I'm alone. In general, I try to temper my expectations and accept negative outcomes just as much as...

The ArcheAge consumer lawsuit against Trion Worlds is still inching onward

It seems weird to be writing about Trion Worlds again, but here we are. MMO players will recall that back in 2015, three gamers...
Kick it down the road.

Lawful Neutral: Why Josh Hawley’s lockbox regulation Senate bill is dead-on-arrival

There's a special place in my heart for lootboxes and exploitative monetization, and that place is somewhere below the revulsion I feel for Martin...

Flemish Games Association speaks out against Belgium’s loot box ban

You may recall that last year, the Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) released a report in which it concluded that "the purchase of loot...

Anti-lootbox Senator claims gaming lobbyists are getting worried; Nintendo pulls mobile titles from Belgium over lootboxes

It's a day that ends in "y" and so that means some fresh lootbox-related news to share with you fine folks! First up is...

Lawful Neutral: What DMCA exemption victories really mean for MMO preservation

You might remember back in October, we covered how the US Library of Congress granted expanded DMCA exceptions for preserving online games. The...

Riot says it will allow arbitration opt-outs, eventually, but it probably won’t stave off the walkout

The continuing fiasco that is League of Legends' Riot Games continues today, though today's update is a good sign for workers at least....

Lawful Neutral: The war over Star Citizen in Crytek v. Cloud Imperium Games

Hello citizens! Today, I'm going to talk about a little game that's been flying under the radar and I think deserves some air time:...
It lurks.

Riot Games acknowledges employees planning walkout over company culture

Over the weekend, we once again covered the continuing fiasco that is League of Legends' Riot Games, when as Kotaku first reported,...

PUBG Corp. is suing over the Chinese term for Chicken Dinner as Update 28 goes live

PUBG Corp. is back in court, and this time it's suing not another game company or clone but the Chinese bureaucracy itself. As MMO...

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