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Gamer involved in CSGO swatting murder gets 15 months in prison and a two-year gaming ban

This past August, we followed up on efforts in Wichita, Kansas, to stop swatting after one such CSGO-related "prank" saw 28-year-old Andrew...

Lawful Neutral: Examining Ashes of Creation’s controversial referral program

I have a really hard time taking anything seriously that refers to money as "bucks." You'll recall that I opened the Lawful Neutral...

Ashen Empires emulator Dransik Rebirth is allegedly shut down by a cease and desist order

In May, our roundup of MMOs you've never heard of offered a quick look at Dransik Rebirth, a rogue server of the old-school...

UK parliament committee calls for ban on selling lockboxes to kids, deems games industry ‘wilfully obtuse’

As gamers will recall, the UK government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee panel has been investigating addictive technologies for the better...

Nexon Korea employees stage a protest to stop restructuring and call for job security

In late August, we reported on plans for Nexon's union members to protest against efforts to restructure the company and demand assurances that...

2017 Call of Duty swatting murder prompts swatting target registration program

The aftermath of a "swatting" incident that saw 28-year-old Andrew Finch of Wichita, Kansas, fatally shot by police has resulted in a new...
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Blizzard’s lawyers are busy again, this time suing yet another overseas company for ripping off WoW

Another day, another Blizzard lawsuit - this one lodged against the Chinese purveyor of Glorious Saga, a mobile/browser title from Joyfun/Sina Games that pretty...

Former Elder Scrolls and Guild Wars franchise composer is accused of sexual assault

The gaming industry is in the midst of its own #MeToo moment, and one of the industry vets who stands accused is...
Well well well, how the turntable.

Riot settles class action discrimination lawsuit as victims claim victory

Last year, Kotaku published a brutal exposé of Riot Games’ culture, replete with sexual harassment and sexual discrimination problems. In response, Riot promised...

The Daily Grind: Do you vote in MMO player elections?

This week I spent a bit of time perusing the Star Wars Galaxies Legends Discord, where candidates for the player Senate are making...
WHAT THE NOW

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...

Former 38 Studios boss Curt Schilling contemplates run for Congress

You folks remember 38 Studios, right? The studio at the heart of one of the most scandalous fiascos in the whole MMO genre?...

The 2015 ArcheAge lawsuit finally nears a conclusion in the form of a settlement agreement

Lawsuits can be pretty long, but this one was a doozy. Let's review: In 2015, several ArcheAge players filed a class action...
And this fad can end any time now, I'm not going to lie.

Fortnite hit with data breach lawsuit, Fortnite champ is swatted live on stream

Epic Games and Fortnite are not having the best week. First, according to Polygon, the company's been hit with a class-action lawsuit...

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...

The ESA’s 2019 E3 journalist database breach wasn’t at all a one-time thing

Last weekend, we learned that the Electronic Software Association, the US's biggest video game lobby backed by some of the biggest companies in...

US Federal Trade Commission outlines the agenda for a lootbox-related workshop on August 7

Conversations, studies, and outright rancor over video game lockbox practices have caught the notice of several world governments as readers of MOP already know,...
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...

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