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Nexon, Smilegate top eastern revenue charts

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Last year was a very good year indeed for Nexon, which made $393M in revenue in 2014. However, Smilegate clambered up to second place...

NCsoft’s games are going free-to-play in Japan

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NCsoft games are shedding their subscription requirements -- at least in Japan. MMO Culture is reporting that between March and April, NCsoft will be...

Storybricks has closed down

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It's been but a week and a half since we heard official word that Daybreak Game Company was cutting ties with Storybricks, and the...

How Daybreak strives to avoid social media pitfalls

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Tweeting or posting the wrong thing in the wrong tone can have serious consequences for a game studio, which is something that Daybreak Senior...

Jagex is working on a mystery MMO

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A job posting for a lead programmer revealed that RuneScape developer Jagex is indeed working on a new MMO. The secretive posting says that the...
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Make My MMO: February 28, 2015

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This week in MMO crowdfunding news, Crowfall basically blotted out the sun. The "throne war simulator" surpassed its $800,000 goal in a couple of...
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Lost Continent: Is it worth returning to ArcheAge?

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Last time out I said some pretty mean things about ArcheAge. And let's face it: The game earned every one of them. It's inarguably...

WoW and Destiny topped media mentions in 2014

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This will probably not come as a shock to you, but a lot of press was talking about World of Warcraft and Destiny last...

Make My MMO: February 21, 2015

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Welcome back to Make My MMO, a recurring column from Massively-that-was which covers crowdsourced MMOs of both the fully funded and the not-so-much variety....

EverQuest Next severs ties with Storybricks

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Daybreak continues to trim its asset portfolio, as the former SOE studio has cut loose artificial intelligence software company Storybricks from the EverQuest Next...

Working As Intended: ‘Multiplex monotony’ and the death of the mid-budget MMORPG

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Back in December, film editor and author Jason Bailey wrote a piece on Flavorwire called How the Death of Mid-Budget Cinema Left a Generation...
Any Kill Bill references you want to make here may or may not be apropos. It's a fine line.

The Daily Grind: Are you optimistic about WildStar’s future?

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I'm sure this won't serve as a grand surprise to anyone reading this, but I've been thinking a lot about the future of WildStar...

NCsoft buys Netmarble stock to block hostile takeover by Nexon

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How do you prevent a hostile takeover? In NCsoft's case, you buy something. Specifically, you buy a large portion of shares from Netmarble while...

The EFF wants to exempt some emulated game servers from copyright laws

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How many times have you dusted off an old game you used to love to play online, only to find that the official servers...

The Soapbox: Has F2P worked for SOE?

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The MassivelyOP staff was discussing the SOE Daybreak armageddon recently, and given the total absence of public data relating to who or what was...
Slashy slashy!

Nexon pressures NCsoft as largest shareholder

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While Nexon and NCsoft may be competing developers in the MMO space, business has made strange and hostile bedfellows of both. After purchasing enough shares...
Hate the player, not the game! It's not the player's fault that they're in the game as it is.

Former PS2 producer: ‘Don’t hate on Daybreak’

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After yesterday's news it's understandable that fans of Daybreak Games' software lineup might be somewhere between nervous and upset. Former PlanetSide 2 producer David...

The Soapbox: Facing an industry of change

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Right now I believe that we are on a threshold of change in the MMO industry, and it feels a little uncertain and a...
Thanks for giving me things in response to taking things!

The Daily Grind: What do you think about Daybreak Game Company?

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You know, for some reason we didn't have a whole lot of discussion about the Sony Online Entertainment buyout and name change when it...

NCsoft financials paint a grim picture for WildStar

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The good news for fans of NCsoft's game catalogue is that the company as a whole is doing well. The most recent earnings report...

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