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MOBAs are multiplayer online battle arenas, PvP-centric, non-persistent online games that share some but not all mechanics in common with traditional MMORPGs. We formerly categorized MOBAs as “Not So Massively” games. You may also be interested in our Multiplayer category for other multiplayer online games that aren’t fully massive. [Follow the MOBA tag’s RSS feed]

Grab a key for Shadow Arena’s final beta, courtesy of Pearl Abyss and MOP

As we've been covering, Pearl Abyss is gearing up for a 2020 release of Shadow Arena, the standalone battle royale based on

The Daily Grind: Have you ever paid for MMO-related services like coaching?

A few weeks back, MMO veteran dev John Smedley posted a tweet about paying for, of all things, coaching in a video game, and...

The Stream Team: Happy 6th birthday SMITE

Today SMITE turns six years old, and Massively OP's MJ is ready to celebrate with some carnage! She's jumping in for a few arena...

COVID-19 roundup: GameStop, unions call foul, Square-Enix, race cars, Blizzard, Skyforge, and Ultima Online housing

Welcome back to another quick roundup of news bits all about how COVID-19 has impacted even our MMO corner of the gaming world. Also...
Cold times

The MOP Up: Big huge numbers for Monster Hunter World and Sky

We assume that there are some of you out there who get an injection of dopamine anytime that we mention Big Huge Numbers here...

GDC plans summer events as studios from Gamigo to Blizzard to Riot see player surges

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread here in the US and around much of the world, changing life for nearly everyone - even in...

Overwatch tests Echo while Heroes of the Storm preps ancient Greece event

It's been a homecoming long in the making, but finally Echo is arriving in Overwatch. The game's 32nd hero is currently on...
We're a team, let's fight like one.

Riot Games’ Teamfight Tactics is out now on Google Play

Want to be able to play Teamfight Tactics on your phone? You can now, assuming your phone is of the Android variety. Riot's...

Desert Oasis: How Pearl Abyss can guarantee Shadow Arena succeeds

Hands down, Shadow Arena is my favorite battle royale. But just because I've written so many glowing words of accolades for the game...

Steam hits a new peak of 20 million concurrent users thanks to quarantines and social distancing

It's very likely that global quarantines caused by the novel coronavirus have helped matters, but regardless of the reason, Steam concurrency numbers hit...

League of Legends card game Runeterra is having a productive beta

The League of Legends game universe is rapidly expanding, and at the forefront of this new generation is Runeterra. The Hearthstone-like digital...

Desert Arena: First impressions of Shadow Arena, the Diet Black Desert of battle royales

Did someone just cast Arcane Echo? Because this'll be our second piece on Shadow Arena this week, following its deep-dive by our...

Coronavirus leads to E3’s cancellation, plus SMITE and Pokemon Go postpone events

Update: The ESA has now made it official. We've included the press release at the end of this article. If you thought it was strange...

The Daily Grind: How do you feel about MMO cross-promotions?

Whether it's sanctioned or not, the tradition of MMOs taking any opportunity to draw upon the popularity of other entertainment mediums has been around...

Massively Uplifting: DragonCon announces official charity, more studios support Australian wildfire relief

This past month has been filled with its share of dark news, not the least of which is the coronavirus that is plaguing the...

MMO Business Roundup: Valve is shopping around Dota 2’s top tourney

Time for another quick roundup of a bunch of MMO-adjacent businessy stories that were drowning in our busy Thursday newsroom! The International: Valve is...

SMITE discusses changes coming to its seventh esports season, previews Loki rework

SMITE esports has been going strong for six seasons now, and season seven is looking to make a number of changes to schedules,...

Visions of N’Zoth boosted World of Warcraft subs, but it’s lost tons since WoW Classic’s 2019 peak

SuperData's January 2020 games industry revenue rankings are up, with only mild shakeups since December 2019. On the PC side, Red Dead...

Interview: Pearl Abyss on Shadow Arena’s Black Desert origins, esports, audience, and more

Along with battle royale fans and Black Desert players, we've been keeping an eye on Pearl Abyss' Shadow Arena, the one-time battle...

Grab a key for Shadow Arena’s February 27 closed beta, courtesy of Pearl Abyss and MOP

If you were a big fan of Black Desert's Shadow Arena when it joined the MMO and then was removed last year, then...

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