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Uh, no.

Pathfinder Online, Kickstarted for $1M in 2012, will sunset in November

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I'm sorry to report that Paizo has announced the end of Pathfinder Online. MOP readers know that the MMO was Kickstarted for over a million...
Oh gosh why.

California sues Activision-Blizzard over discrimination and sexist, toxic work culture

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Activision-Blizzard has had an abysmal couple of years, and it's about to get much worse, as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing...

Guild Wars 2 gives a full technical accounting of last year’s server rollbacks

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Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet has been the subject of many side-eyes over the last few years, amassing a reputation as a studio with...

RIFT’s Summerfest has finally, silently begun in Europe

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If you've been wondering where RIFT's Summerfest event was this year, you're not alone. Apparently, the festival rolled out to EU servers this morning...

The Magic Legends layoffs at Cryptic hit a lot more people than we thought

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Following yesterday's awful news that PWE and Cryptic were canceling and sunsetting Magic Legends even before it had ever left beta or landed on...

A slim majority of Acti-Blizz investors approved its ‘say-on-pay’ policy after vote extension

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Score another win for the C-suite. As we've been covering, Activision-Blizzard investors purportedly represented by CtW Investment Group had been agitating to vote down the...
Now my stats are good!

Activision-Blizzard extends contentious shareholder vote on executive pay

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MMO readers will recall that earlier this year, the industry erupted over a public relations fiasco Activision-Blizzard failed to adequately counter: In the midst...
Yes, it's really weird to talk about Warlords in the context of a success, for me as much as you.

New Blizzard analysis chronicles the studio’s five-year decline and developer exodus

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The slow decline of Blizzard has been exhaustively covered over the last couple of years, but sometimes, it's more jolting to see it all...

The Game Archaeologist: Jumpgate and Jumpgate Evolution

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Historically, space-bound MMORPGs have not had as easy of a go as their fantasy counterparts. For one thing, there are proportionally fewer of them...
Oh dear.

Activision-Blizzard Q1 2021 financials: Blizzard has lost almost 29% of its overall active playerbase in three years

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Welcome back, my friends: It's time for another Activision-Blizzard investor report, and we're expecting this one to be a ride. Readers will recall that...

Activision-Blizzard is halving Bobby Kotick’s exorbitant salary and bonuses

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Activision-Blizzard's Bobby Kotick made headlines back in March when on the same day the company was going through its (at least) fourth round of...

The MOP Up: Why did Fortnite go dark for a day?

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Earlier this month, the ever-popular Fortnite went dark for the better part of April 6th. So what happened? We finally have the full scoop...

Amazon and Leyou have canceled that unfinished Lord of the Rings MMO

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For the last few years, we've been covering a new Lord of the Rings MMO that was a collaboration between Tencent's Leyou Technologies and...

Rumor: EG7 and Daybreak might be prepping PlanetSide 2’s Rogue Planet for its own company

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Daybreak corporate sleuth and TheoryForge crewmate @MSandersonD has uncovered another Daybreak gem: new corporate registrations for Daybreak-related companies. California and Delaware filings show that...
It just keeps happening.

WoW Factor: We’re waiting how long for Shadowlands’ patch 9.1, now?

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So it looks like World of Warcraft's next patch is going up for testing on the week of April 12th. What the heck is happening? At...
oh nooooo

Former Daybreak and H1Z1 vets Anthony Castoro and Jace Hall raise $9M for a ‘genre-defining metaverse’

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The last time we heard the name Jace Hall, it was just about two years ago, when the version of H1Z1 esports he was...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 314: Blizzard’s a hot mess

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Justin and Bree discuss LOTRO's Wildwood, Astellia, SWTOR's next big thing, Magic Legends, and the Activision-Blizzard layoffs, with adventures in WoW Classic, Elder Scrolls Online, SWG Legends, and City of Heroes, plus mailbag topics on the hot mess known as Blizzard.

Blizzard admits to more layoffs, starts up alumni network

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Last week, Blizzard Entertainment began laying off 190 employees, 50 of whom reportedly came from esports and live events. Now we know which other...

RIFT’s 10th birthday is here, but it ignores the elephant in the room

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With the desperate, frenzied actions of a parent trying to redirect a kid's attention away from tragedy, Gamigo invites one and all to RIFT's...

Activision-Blizzard has laid off another 190 employees as Kotick could rake in an extra $200M

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Don't look now, but Activision-Blizzard just laid off another batch of people. According to a Bloomberg report, the company has slashed just under 190 jobs,...

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