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Activision launches lawsuit against indie game dev over Warzone trademark

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RPS has a juicy piece up this week on a lawsuit Activision is waging against an indie game developer that should probably prompt Activision...
why does this continue

Apple claims it competes with Nintendo and Microsoft, Epic outlines Apple iMessage’s cross-platform blocking

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We're still about a month away before the Epic vs. Apple legal fight moves to its May 3rd bench trial, which means we've still...

Chronicles of Elyria, now back up to five devs, examines its development achievements and shortcomings

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As work on Kingdoms of Elyria (and by extension Chronicles of Elyria, according to claims made by Soulbound Studio CEO Jeromy Walsh) continues to...

Why I Play: Multiplayer sandbox Eco is so much more than just an ecology simulator

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I’ve been struggling to come up with a succinct way to describe Eco. The game was recently the subject of a Whatever Happened To...

New UK research finds opening lootboxes is ‘structurally and psychologically akin’ to gambling

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The mountain of research-based evidence against lootboxes has had another leaflet added to the pile. A recent report from researchers at the universities of...

Massively on the Go: Mother Nintendo should make Niantic Earthbound

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So, Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs. No great surprise from me, as I'd mentioned years...
In a world of human wreckage

Guild Wars 2 updates legal documentation related to third-party program use, DMCA counter-notices, and more

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Ah, online game legal documentation. We all know this as the wall o' text that we often scroll by en route to logging in...

The Game Archaeologist: The ballad of Fansy, EverQuest’s famous bard

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It was summer, 2001. EverQuest had just rolled out Sullon Zek, a no-rules "penal colony" server where the realm was as lawless as the...
Accurate.

Chinese police team up with Tencent to take down a video game cheating ring

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It was an illegal organization being taken down by the Chinese police force in a concentrated operation. It involved $76 million being made, with...

Massively on the Go: Why Nintendo and Pikmin make sense in Niantic’s hands

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With the recent news that Nintendo and Niantic will work together for more AR games based on Nintendo IPs, I thought it might be...

Chronicles of Elyria on the purpose and mechanics of Kingdoms of Elyria’s fog of war

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To read the latest dev blog from Chronicles of Elyria's side project-cum-parallel dev title Kingdoms of Elyria, you'd think they invented the fog of...

Development of a Warframe-inspired tabletop RPG is halted thanks to toxic fans

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A particularly toxic sect of the Warframe community has ensured that a tabletop RPG intended as a love letter to the game will never...

Alienware cut its League of Legends esports sponsorships short over ongoing Riot Games scandals

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Last month, we covered yet another sexual harassment lawsuit swirling around Riot Games, this one a wrongful termination suit from a former executive assistant...

Arizona moves forward with legislation that will force Apple and Google to allow alternative payment options

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While Apple and Google likely breathed a sigh of relief when a proposed North Dakota bill that would require the mobile platforms to allow...

LEGO Universe emulator Darkflame Universe outlines its next steps to closed beta

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Let's say you were swimming around in the retrospective of LEGO Universe and it got you pining for the brick fjords, so you look...

MMO Business Roundup: Theorycraft, My.Games, the FIFA fixing lawsuit, and Roblox’s latest concert

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Theorycraft: Could you found a new games studio on $37.5M? Yeah, probably. A bunch...

MMO Business Roundup: Comic Con 2021, Apple v. Epic, and Twitch transparency

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Comic-Con 2021: Organizers have now canceled the core Comic-Con event for the second year...
Yeah, cool.

Insiders expose Google Stadia’s rushed release, poor hiring practices, and stymied studios

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As things for Google Stadia continue to fall apart, with internal dev studios shutting down, misleading inter-company communications, and an impending class-action lawsuit from...

MMO Business Roundup: Apple’s Steam subpoena, CCP on the cheap, and Valheim’s 4M

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Welcome back to yet another MMO and MMO-adjacent business news roundup - it's the season for these shenanigans, you know. Valve and Apple: Remember earlier...

Elite Dangerous players discuss the ramifications of in-game ‘slaves’ and ways to change the lore

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It goes without saying that the exploitation of unwitting and inexperienced players in Elite: Dangerous has the topic of slavery on many people's minds,...

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