overwatch

Official Site: Overwatch
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Launch Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Team-Based OFPS
Business Model: B2P
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

The MOP Up: Shadow Arena pings instead of pongs

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Pearl Abyss' Shadow Arena got a lot more friendly this past month thanks to an improved ping system and the addition of login...

Overwatch floats ‘priority passes’ while Hearthstone brings back the Darkmoon Faire

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Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan clearly got out of the house this past week, donned his iconic sunglasses, and addressed the community in...

World of Warcraft: Free BlizzCon, dev swap, and Revendreth preview

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Blizzard President J. Allen Brack posted an interesting "fireside chat" yesterday to talk about what's going on with the studio and its games...

Activision-Blizzard Q3 2020: Blizzard MAUs fell to 30M as overall ActiBlizz revenues hold steady

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It's time for another round of Activision-Blizzard financials as today covers Q3 2020. It's been a weird couple of years for the company as...

The MOP Up: Phantasy Star Online 2 hands out more treats than tricks

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Phantasy Star Online 2 fans can log in this week to enjoy a nice burst of additional content, including the fourth and...

Overwatch’s Halloween Terror is back once again with new cosmetics and challenge missions

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The well-known (and regularly repeated) Halloween event of Overwatch is back once again. It's time for Halloween Terror 2020, bringing along the usual...

Not So Massively: Reflections on Blizzard, one year after the Hong Kong fiasco

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Almost exactly a year ago, I declared that the Blizzard I loved is dead, in reaction to the Blitzchung/Hearthstone/Hong Kong fiasco. Twelve months...

Global Chat: Why is LOTRO charging for its fall update?

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Roger over at Contains Moderate Peril recently ducked into the upcoming DLC for Lord of the Rings Online to see what it contained...

SuperData August 2020: Fall Guys dethroned League of Legends, pushed WoW to its lowest rank in over a year

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SuperData's August global revenue report for the games industry has more than a few eyebrow-raisers this week. On the PC side of things,...

Overwatch is all about Tracer with a new comic book series and special event

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It's certainly arguable that Overwatch poster girl Tracer gets plenty of attention on her own, but that doesn't mean she doesn't deserve a...

Not So Massively: The dos and don’ts of stealing from MMOs

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Recently I played through the new PC port of the open world RPG Horizon Zero Dawn. While playing it, I was struck by...
I'm important!

The Daily Grind: What’s your most embarrassing MMO fail story?

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A while back my husband was playing Overwatch when he was in a match with two guys who obviously knew each other and...

MMO Business Roundup: Gamers have launched a new class action gambling lawsuit against EA

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and online games industry news. There's a new class action in town, and EA is the target....
Much better.

Check out Sims 4 builds for living in Dalaran or Darnassus… or in a world of Overwatch

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You probably do not want to live in Darnassus in World of Warcraft. For one thing, it's on fire. For another, even when...
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Massively Overthinking: Jumping the shark in MMOs

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I'm sure those few people out there still bearing a grudge over the Rune-keeper would disagree with me, but one of the things that...
Everything hurts.

Blizzard staffers confirm ‘honor point system,’ further exposing the company’s wage disparities

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This week we've been following Bloomberg's reports on Blizzard employees' attempts to secure pay and equitable pay for the gaming industry. Early...
But no badger.

‘Our mentors are leaving in droves’: Blizzard staff are organizing to demand better compensation

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Yesterday, we covered Bloomberg's report on how Blizzard employees were circulating a spreadsheet of their wages and raises in an effort to determine...

Overwatch’s Summer Games have returned with a new twist on Lucioball

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Sportsball is pretty strange in pandemic times, as the professional leagues and kiddie teams alike are struggling to find safe ways to return to...

Activision-Blizzard Q2 2020: Year-over-year revenues are up for the first time in six quarters

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We're back with another dip into Activision-Blizzard's financials, this one Q2 2020, the first report since shareholders lambasted the company for excessive executive...
Swing and a hit, but also a miss.

Blizzard staffers agitate against poor worker pay as Activision-Blizzard rakes in billions

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Blizzard's labor practices have been under scrutiny over the last couple of years, propelled in large part due to mass-layoffs at the top...

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