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RuneScape is rethinking its monetization after UK report on one player’s alleged $62K spend

RuneScape is a pretty old game, but it has a new way of doing business as a free-to-play MMORPG with various microtransaction models...

Superdata says in-game spending is down thanks to gamers’ leeriness of monetization schemes

This news will very likely elicit replies of "well, duh" from many, but now there are numbers from Superdata to back it up:...

Diablo IV lead developer confirms cosmetic microtransactions will be in the game

So, just how will Blizzard make sweet, sweet money off of Diablo IV? Expansions, surely. A cash shop, apparently. And that cash shop...
Here's Mei! You like mei, right?

China is really adding that youth gaming curfew and block on sex and gore in games

Sometimes it's easy to forget that gamers over in China have it very different than we do in the west. If you need a...

Massively Overthinking: Is the age of the $15 subscription coming to an end?

Massively OP's own Justin Olivetti penned a blog post this week in which he muses on the lifespan of the $15 MMO sub...
Old and busted.

Someone in RuneScape spent $62K on microtrans according to UK Parliament report

Remember last year when we polled our readers on how much money they'd spent on their Steam accounts? Most people seemed to track...

Path of Exile cancels new lockboxes-within-lockboxes after ‘intensely negative’ feedback

So let's play a little round of bad news, good news with Path of Exile. Yesterday, with the Blight expansion not even a...

Prosperous Universe explains new free-to-play model, vows to avoid microtransactions

So Prosperous Universe has officially gone free-to-play. But why? What makes a commerce-centric MMO open its doors to possible exploitation from free...

Studio Wildcard’s co-founder talks about how ARK: Survival Evolved stays sustainable without microtransactions

We've all been beaten over the head with lots of news regarding predatory microtransactions practices, and there's certainly plenty of evidence that would lead...
Huh. That... huh.

Shroud of the Avatar hosts a livestream about fishing in fetid water

If you want to watch a community livestream about Shroud of the Avatar's community team hosting a fishing contest in fetid water, gosh,...
Stack attack.

Path of Exile plans to let Fossils stack while offering a boss-themed hideout for sale

To all those sitting around with too many fossils in Path of Exile wishing that the items could be stacked, good news! The...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2’s Living World is a barrier to entry

I have really liked Guild Wars 2’s story in the last few years. Quite honestly, I wasn’t crazy about a lot of the...

Old School RuneScape ponders partnerships and puts it to a player poll

Old School RuneScape is, in its own words, "resolutely a subscription-only game," and as it's subscription-only game, one of the biggest things the...

Massively Overthinking: The worst MMO cash shop trickery

Last week, games psychologist Jamie Madigan tweeted an underrated comment about how psychological tricks used in restaurant menu design are also found in...

Starbase previews ships in new video and discusses its monetization plans

We've known about Starbase for just a week, and already Finnish developer Frozenbyte is amping up the hype with a third video, this...

Not So Massively: Eden Rising provides a low-stress riff on survival games

Somehow I hadn't heard of Eden Rising until it launched out of early access as a free-to-play title, so to me at least...

Anti-lootbox Senator claims gaming lobbyists are getting worried; Nintendo pulls mobile titles from Belgium over lootboxes

It's a day that ends in "y" and so that means some fresh lootbox-related news to share with you fine folks! First up is...

US Senator takes aim at lockboxes and pay-to-win with ‘Protecting Children From Abusive Games Act’

The gamblebox issue isn't dying down any time soon, it appears. As Kotaku first reported, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has announced he plans...

Elder Scrolls Blades releases fresh early access trailer and patch

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is having a bit of a rough release, what with the endless string of criticism over its business model...

Flameseeker Chronicles: Guild Wars 2 needs real housing

There is no shortage of things to do in Guild Wars 2. Wandering around the world and exploring is a joy, and...

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