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MMO Business Roundup: Twitch’s anti-hate policies, Cyberpunk’s concurrency, and the CASE Act

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Welcome back to our irregular roundup of MMO (and MMO-adjacent) industry news! Twitch: This week, Twitch introduced yet another round of policy changes in...

Gamers review bomb Monster Hunter World on Steam over Monster Hunter film

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There's a clip from the current Monster Hunter film that's drawn a lot of ire particularly from Chinese audiences, which has resulted in...

New survey points to increase in hate and harassment in online multiplayer games

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The behavior of people in online games does not appear to be improving for the better. According to national survey results from the...

‘Boob streamers’ and ‘boys clubs’: Twitch staffers blast sexist, racist corporate culture

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GI.biz has a detailed expose of Twitch's corporate culture out today, painting a picture of ongoing and systemic racism, sexism, and abuse, both...

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....

GDC Summer 2020: What online gaming can (and should) learn from social media’s trainwrecks

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The circle is now complete: Social media has mastered skills MMOs and online games haven't, not that social media was paying much attention to...

J. Allen Brack says Blizzard will combat racism through donations, bans, and education

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Nobody's ever going to hold Blizzard up as a paragon of virtue, but President J. Allen Brack said that the studio is trying to...

MMO Business Roundup: Richard Garriott, Square-Enix’s charity, Stadia, and Team Fortress’ racist bots

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of video games business and industry news relevant for the MMO genre. Richard Garriott: Apparently, the former icon of...
Less than punchy.

Riot Games places exec on leave while investigating awful social media post

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Nobody's surprised to learn that the corporate culture at the tippy-top of Riot Games still has "bad apples," right? After the huge sexual harassment...

SMITE suspends 5,000 accounts due to racist chat

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The chat box of an MMO was never meant to be a safe haven for racists, but with the protests across the US calling...

NASCAR driver botches yet another online iRacing esports event

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It would appear that NASCAR drivers are no better than the worst esports gamers among us. An iRacing esports event with NASCAR drivers...
we go

US politician shades Blizzard over World of Warcraft toxicity

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Last week, the gaming world was a tad busy running Halloween events and watching BlizzCon, so it passed almost without notice that a US...

For Science: Study suggests racial stereotyping underpins campaign to blame real-world violence on video games

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Academics have found a way to make the media and politicians' spurious blame of video games for real-world violence look even worse than it...

Mordhau says it’s now ‘taking toxicity and racism seriously’ plus adding more maps and modes

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"Multiplayer medieval slasher" Mordhau worked its way through the news cycle this spring and summer, first for its dazzling Steam launch and...

Impressions of Project Gorgon from an Asheron’s Call player

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It's finally time for me talk about Project Gorgon as a released product. As you might have guessed, I was avoiding the game prior to...
We were so certain we had this.

MMO business roundup: Steam, toxicity, Kartridge, contracts, dopamine, and guns

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What's going on in the online video games business this week? Let's dig in. Steam, toxicity, and Kartridge The Center for Investigative Reporting (via Motherboard)...

Overwatch pro player sees career ended over racist diatribe

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It's probably not the best idea to start shouting racial abuse in the middle of a live stream if you're public figure with a...
This game really provides no shortage of illustrations we need for this.

Blizzard and Twitch address harassment defiling game event streams

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In case you had forgotten since yesterday's news that RuneScape had to ban players for running around in-game wearing KKK costumes and...

Not So Massively: Top 10 most surprising NSM stories of 2015

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Back in 2011, our former corporate overlords at Massively-of-old noticed that games like League of Legends were getting pretty damn popular and asked us to...

Massively Overthinking: Is IP-blocking in online games a necessary evil?

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This past week, news about Black Desert's IP blocking has reminded me once again how IP-blocking, region-locking, and the resulting isolated MMO communities...

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