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‘I disdain bro culture’: J Allen Brack addresses Blizzard staff over sexism scandal

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Faced with a massive sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit, Blizzard addressed the studio workers in a memo leaked last night. President J. Allen Brack doesn't admit fault or comment on the specifics of the case, but he vows no retaliation for victims, namedrops Gloria Steinem, and blasts "bro culture."

‘We do not serve Activision Blizzard’: Furious WoW players stage protest against Blizzard

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Following yesterday's revelation that the state of California is suing Activision-Blizzard in a 29-page complaint that alleges a serious pattern of sexual harassment and...

GDC 2021: Are VR and AR companies liable for gamer content creation?

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One thing I love about a good GDC presentation is when devs bring up those issues that many of us get a funny feeling...

Ubisoft’s sexual harassment and racism scandal extended to Skull & Bones studio in Singapore

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We realize that Activision-Blizzard's horrifying sexual misconduct and discrimination lawsuit stole all the headlines last night and will probably dominate the news cycle for...
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...

XDefiant is Ubisoft’s next Tom Clancy franchise arena shooter

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Ubisoft is not having the best couple of years. It's been wrecked by a wide-ranging sexual harassment scandal and lawsuit, it's losing staff left...

War Thunder fan accidentally shares classified military documents to make digital tank more realistic

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No, that headline is not an Onion-style bit of satire because we genuinely live in a world so unapologetically stupid that satire is dying...

Ubisoft faces sexual harassment lawsuit from French game workers union

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Ubisoft's uncovered problem with widespread sexual harassment is (rightfully) not a finished matter. The Solidaires Informatique, a French game workers union, has officially filed...

Chronicles of Elyria tweaks NDA, locks down Reddit over death threats, and proposes NFT land trades

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A week ago, Chronicles of Elyria backers sounded the alarm on a new NDA that Soulbound Studios was asking them to sign in conjunction...
May foulness attend thee.

Australian MP plans to introduce a bill banning lockbox sales to minors

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You may remember back last year that there was some noise made in Australia about banning the sale of video game lootboxes to people...

Epic v Apple: Australian antitrust case allowed to resume thanks to an overturned ruling

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While a lot of our previous reporting has naturally been focused on the antitrust case unfolding between Epic Games, Apple, and Google here in...

Lawful Neutral: Defining toxicity in the MMO industry

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One of my earliest memories from World of Warcraft isn't really a positive one. It was in back in the Wrath days. My guild...
Cloudy?

Chinese gamers beware: Tencent’s games now tattle on minors using facial recognition

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Tencent, the company that owns like half of the world's online titles at this point, is doing the Chinese government a solid by taking...

Chronicles of Elyria backers sound the alarm on class action waiver in new NDA

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Chronicles of Elyria backers are raising an eyebrow this week over the new NDA that Soulbound Studios is asking them to sign before granting...

U.S. Department of Justice investigates Overwatch League over salary concerns

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While Blizzard wants as many eyes as possible on its Overwatch franchise, the studio could probably do without the recent gaze of the U.S....

Chronicles of Elyria talks rebuilding trust in backer Q&A as the consumer lawsuit continues

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If talk could be spun into gameplay, then Chronicles of Elyria would be an impressive MMORPG these days. Unfortunately, talk is just that --...
fly fly happy

Character creation and name reservation for Aion Classic begins today

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Quickly! Get home and get ready for Aion Classic! There's no time to explain why! Oh... wait, it turns out that's actually our job,...

Roblox is being sued by music publishers over song infringement claims

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It was probably only a matter of time before someone actually did something about the fact that Roblox is and has largely always been...

Chronicles of Elyria previews its Kingdoms of Elyria alpha

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Progress apparently continues on Chronicles of Elyria spin-off game Kingdoms of Elyria, as outlined in Soulbound Studios' latest dev blog. The studio has recapped...

MMO Business Roundup: Chicken Drumstick, 9000 zombies, Valorant Mobile, Pantheon hiring, Secret World’s novels

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Welcome back to our semi-regular roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent gaming industry news. Chicken Drumstick: Yes, I'm afraid this is a real thing. Vice's Motherboard...

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