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Massively Overthinking: Would you play your favorite MMO without its IP?

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Nonameplease recently posed us an interesting topic, inspired by a thread on the Star Trek Online subreddit. "It seems most people don't think the...

Riot hires Witcher 3’s lead quest designer for its MMO, imposes stiffer AFK penalties in League of Legends

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This news post is basically a grab bag of tidbits from Riot Games' projects. That's the lede. That's all the lede you're getting. I'm...

Massively on the Go: How to actually have fun in Pokemon Unite as a new player

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The mobile version of Pokemon Unite has landed as of today, and those of you who do not have a Nintendo Switch but wish to...

Riot Games claims it made headway into diversity efforts over 2020

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Ever since Riot Games was called out by its own employees and the state of California as a truly toxic and sexist workplace, the...

Massively Overthinking: Overcoming barriers-to-exit in MMOs

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About a thousand years ago, I wrote an article on Old Massively called "but I already have that game" about barriers-to-exit: the difficulty of...

Jagex stamps out an Old School RuneScape mod prior to release, players organize a protest [Updated]

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(We've updated at the end with Jagex's latest statement.) An Old School RuneScape modder is steaming after Jagex sent out a letter demanding that the...

MMO Business Roundup: Clockwork Labs’ sandbox startup, NPIXEL, LOTRO’s community, and more

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Welcome back to another quickie roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Business business business! Clockwork Labs: Brand-new indie game studio Clockwork Labs has raised...

League of Legends announces a virtual concert for the band Pentakill and previews its newest hero Vex

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Care for a bit of heavy metal with your MOBA? Then you probably enjoy Pentakill, the virtual heavy metal band from the League of...

Riot’s Runeterra MMO director hints at possible character models and world size on Twitter

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Let the rampant speculation and assumption leaping begin: Mark Yetter, the game director for Riot Games' in-development Runeterra MMO, has put out a couple...

Legends of Runeterra releases Beyond the Bandlewood expansion, Valorant makes some bug fixes

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Riot Games' titles that aren't a MOBA have seen some new updates. The largest one arrived to the online CCG Legends of Runeterra, which...

California lawsuit now alleges Activision-Blizzard HR literally ‘shredded’ evidence

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So who had "Activision-Blizzard gets caught shredding possible evidence in an ongoing lawsuit" on the ol' Blizzard scandal bingo card? Yes, we're back to coverage...
It lurks.

California DFEH moves to protect Riot workers from retaliation for cooperating in state investigation

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Blizzard isn't the only gaming studio under fire by regulators in California: We've been covering a similar situation within League of Legends company Riot...

Brazilian police have arrested a suspect in the murder of an Overwatch voice actress

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PC Gamer is reporting the shocking news that Brazilian voice actress Christiane Louise has been murdered and that police have now arrested the suspected...

Legends of Runeterra prepares for its Beyond the Bandlewood expansion’s arrival August 25

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It's very nearly expansion time for Riot Games' CCG Legends of Runeterra. This Wednesday, August 25th, will see the launch of Beyond the Bandlewood...

The director for Riot Games’ Runeterra MMO turns his mind to character customization

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Mark Yetter, the director for the in-development MMO set in the world of Runeterra, has character creation on the brain, at least according to...
WoW

Chris Metzen offers apology for Blizzard’s culture of ‘harassment, inequality, and indifference’

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Perhaps having seen how badly Mike Morhaime's apology to the women of Blizzard backfired, Chris Metzen took the better part of an extra day...
Oh gosh why.

California sues Activision-Blizzard over discrimination and sexist, toxic work culture

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Activision-Blizzard has had an abysmal couple of years, and it's about to get much worse, as the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing...

GDC 2021: Navigating player behaviors and cheating in online video games

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GDC 2021 has now offered several panels on player behavior and cheating that are aimed at devs but still provide some good information for...
Oof.

Discord scoops up harassment-detection AI startup Sentropy

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Happy Thursday: Here's your weekly argument over toxicity, moderation, and AI, courtesy of Discord, which has apparently purchased a company you've probably heard of...
Mean elf.

Vague Patch Notes: Hating an MMO isn’t the same as having a personality

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There was a friend I had at one point who had a particularly annoying habit. Whenever I would bring up something obnoxious that was...

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