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NCsoft West loses CEO, lays off 20% of staff, says Throne & Liberty is not impacted

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With NCsoft's Q4 financials looming in February, the company has apparently opted to follow Silicon Valley's destructive lead and add to the layoff pile...

Diablo III brings a talent tree-granting new season to its public test realm January 31

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Players of Diablo III can now pretty much expect each new season of the ARPG will bring some form of distinct mechanical shift for...

Hearthstone applies balance adjustments to Battlegrounds, Duels, and several of its latest cards

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With Hearthstone's March of the Lich King expansion now almost two months old, the devs of the online CCG have had time to take...

343 Industries studio head vows that the devs will make Halo games ‘now and in the future’

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Last week was a rough one for Halo Infinite fans (and an even worse one for affected employees) as Microsoft laid off around 60...
Halo

Xbox CEO tells workers gaming division job cuts ‘were painful choices’

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As readers know by now, last week Microsoft cut 10,000 people from its payroll, many of whom were part of the Xbox gaming division...
Gosh, what a toolbox.

Riot Games lays off 46 workers, adding to this month’s tech toll

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Riot Games is the latest games industry megacorp to issue layoffs this week, though they're smaller in number than the thousands of workers shed...

Osiris New Dawn formally departs early access for launch, having sold 600K copies

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If you blinked, you missed it: Multiplayer survival sandbox Osiris New Dawn quietly moved from early access to launch this week. It wasn't a...

Elder Scrolls Online teasers hint at Hermaeus Mora’s presence in the 2023 storyline

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With layoffs looming, a new cadence plan, and a big reveal set for next week, The Elder Scrolls Online team is having one hell...

New World promises ‘more programmatic content’ as leaderboards hit the PTS

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As the broader Amazon layoff of 18,000 people across the company's global workforce begins to reverberate across the tech industry, Amazon Games Studio's MMOs...

Ubisoft’s CEO apologizes for responsibility dodge but fails to mollify strikers

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Yesterday, we reported on the impending Ubisoft Paris worker strike and associated demands for better compensation and reduced work hours, provoked by CEO Yvrs...

Halo Infinite and Elder Scrolls Online teams were hit by Microsoft’s 10,000-person layoff

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Yesterday's Microsoft layoffs were just as bad as anticipated - 10,000 jobs slashed in one day - and it gets worse for gamers, as...

Ubisoft Paris will strike on January 27 following CEO’s responsibility-shifting

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If Ubisoft thought that slashing more games, delaying others (like Skull & Bones), and promising "increased cautiousness over the coming years" would stave off...

Microsoft and Unity collectively shed over 10,000 employees in latest round of tech layoffs

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Another round of layoffs are coming to both Microsoft and Unity. Both tech companies are dropping more employees from their respective workforces, with Unity...

Fractured should be back in February as Gamigo shrinks to just a quarter of its 2020 portfolio

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Last month, Gamigo suffered a round of layoffs, axed multiple MMOs (dispatching them to other publishers), and stealth-deleted Fractured from its website - Fractured,...

NetEase lays off staffers who were working on Blizzard games in China

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Lest we forget, the falling out between NetEase and Blizzard has a toll greater than either company's bottom line; it also saw a human...
Costs money!

Overwatch 2 breaks down its MMR and matchmaking systems while hinting at planned updates

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A competitive shooter like Overwatch 2 lives and dies by a few different grinding gears, such as those that power player MMR and matchmaking,...
Wheeeee

Fractured Online returns to closed development over ‘platform troubles’

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Over the course of this week, we've been covering the ongoing Gamigo clownshow: The company suffered layoffs it didn't disclose, which took out the...

Fractured vanishes from Gamigo’s site, Fawkes Games opens a weird website

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Yesterday, we covered the distressing news that Gamigo had suffered layoffs - including the loss of RIFT's last remaining community manager, which is already...

Gamigo transfers publishing of Aura Kingdom, Grand Fantasia, Shaiya, and Last Chaos amid layoffs and Aeria portal closure

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It just wouldn't seem right to end the year without watching Gamigo light itself on fire, now would it? Fortunately, the company has indulged...
Run! They've got a New World in the sidecar!

End-of-Year Eleven: The biggest MMO stories of 2022

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I might be biased - by which I mean I am definitely biased - but 2022 was a year of big stories and big...

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