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‘I have to run a sustainable business’ – Microsoft’s Phil Spencer addresses layoffs and studio shutdowns

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Some new statements out of Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer during this year's IGN Live gaming presentation can be absorbed as either admission of the...

MMO Business Roundup: Activision owned cheatmaker EngineOwning

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent business news! Business business business and all that. EngineOwning got owned - File this one...

Overwatch 2 is once again crowdfunding its OWCS esports prize pool with a skin bundle

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Blizzard appears to be making another attempt at crowdfunding an esports competition as it's selling a skin bundle to Overwatch 2 players in order...
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MMO Business Roundup: Nexon’s Q1 2024, Microsoft’s AI fiddling, XDefiant’s monetization

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of some MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! This time around, we've got only one first quarter report to...

Redfall’s final update brings offline mode and revamps neighborhood and nest mechanics

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With news that Microsoft is abandoning Redfall (after claims from the megacorp that it wouldn't be doing that), the latest announcement from developer Arkane...

Activision opens a new studio in Poland for work on ‘narrative-based and genre-defining AAA franchise’

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Apparently Microsoft subsidiary Activision thinks now is a good time to open a new studio and put together a team to develop an entirely...

World of Warcraft’s Pandaria Remix speed-leveling event is live this afternoon

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As we alluded to in this morning's Daily Grind, today is the day for World of Warcraft's Mists of Pandaria remix hullabaloo, so if...

The MOP Up: Conan Exiles celebrates its sixth anniversary

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Who's spent six years crushing enemies, driving them out of camps, and hearing the lamentation of their livestreams? It's Conan Exiles, of course, which...

Microsoft continues shrinking ZeniMax and Xbox with voluntary severance deals

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Sure, Microsoft shuttered a bunch of studios and added more layoffs to its pile earlier this week, but it can't possibly get worse, right?...

Microsoft shutters multiple studios, abandons Redfall, bolsters Elder Scrolls Online staffing

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Microsoft continues laying waste to the gaming industry today with the closure of four Bethesda studios. We can reassure MMO players right away that Elder...

Blizzard laid off prolific World of Warcraft writer and lore queen Christie Golden

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Among the many people affected by Blizzard's massive layoffs in 2024 was Christie Golden, the rare games writer whose name a whole lot of...
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WoW Factor: Exit BlizzCon, for good this time?

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Back in 2021, we learned that there was not going to be a BlizzCon 2022. This did not surprise me, and I penned a...

Blizzard’s return to China has already counted over two million interested WoW players

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After over a year of bad blood following the removal of most all Blizzard's games from China, the World of Warcraft studio is poised...
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PlayStation players are flooding the Sea of Thieves PS5 closed beta servers

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Sea of Thieves officially rolled into closed beta on PlayStation 5 early this morning, continuing its forked path far away from the exclusivity it...
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NetEase and Blizzard ink deal to revive World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, and Diablo IV in China

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(As of late tonight, Blizzard has officially confirmed the rumors. Our original post follows, and we've updated with the official news at the end.) It's...

Can’t see the eclipse in person today? Here’s how to watch it with online with some gaming flair

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As we noted on Friday, there's a major celestial event happening for North America today: A lot of you are about to see an...

NASA teams up with Epic’s Fortnite and Microsoft’s Minecraft to stream the April 8 solar eclipse

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If you somehow don't know about the solar eclipse this coming Monday, then you're probably not in the US since that's all anyone here...
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Final Fantasy XIV players report being banned on Xbox for advertising their free companies (guilds)

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So how are things going with the Final Fantasy XIV version on Xbox Series X|S? Well, you would think that Microsoft had done enough...
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Wisdom of Nym: Final Fantasy XIV isn’t easier, but it also is

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So it was about half a month ago when Final Fantasy XIV fans translated an interview with producer and director Naoki Yoshida talking about...

Diablo IV arrives to Game Pass subscribers, Diablo III reruns Forbidden Archives April 12

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This week brought the marquee event that supporters of Microsoft's multi-billion dollar buyout of Activision-Blizzard were likely eager for: Diablo IV is now available...

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