Massively Overthinking: How to deal with cheater scum in MMORPGs

I'm sure it was a random coincidence, but last week two different Star Wars Galaxies emulators posted about steps they were taking against...

EVE Online’s Depths of the Abyss is live as CCP updates policies and World War Bee 2 endures

EVE Online has lots going on this week, from patches to policies to drama. Let's dig in: First, this week's patch, Depths...
Oh look. Again.

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

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...
I'm going to master letting this play instead of me.

WoW Classic sees another 40,000 accounts banned for botting and RMT as cases surge

The war against the hungry bot horde continues in WoW Classic. Shortly after Blizzard gave 74,000 accounts the boot, the devs have...
Very mature.

74,000 WoW Classic accounts just got the banhammer for botting and other cheats

This'll shock you, but not everyone playing WoW Classic is doing it for the thrill of an arguably more hardcore experience: Some people...

Star Sonata 2 arrives on Steam as Wurm Online preps for Steam launch July 24

Steam's getting a few new MMO options, namely Wurm Online and Star Sonata 2. The Steam page for Wurm confirms a release...
The arc of a journey.

Final Fantasy XI deploys its anniversary event and its June update to the live servers

Players had to wait a little bit longer forĀ Final Fantasy XI's anniversary event this year, due to the whole... global pandemic thing. Fortunately,...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 272: Death of dragons

Justin and Bree discuss Fallout 76, WoW China, MMO financials, Dragon's Prophet, Guild Wars 2, and Aion, with adventures in SWG Legends and Elder Scrolls online, plus mailbag topics on character select screens and new classes for expansions.
Not that kind of prison, silly!

Chinese World of Warcraft players beg NetEase to rescue them from RMT bot infestation

How is World of Warcraft doing in China? If one player's collected account is anything to go by, not well at all. A...

The Daily Grind: Is there an MMO paradigm shift you didn’t see coming a decade ago?

One thing I'm particularly proud of is that the MOP staff and MMO community - then on old Massively - were waaaaay out in...

Massively Overthinking: What MMO topics have you changed your mind on over the years?

On last week's Massively OP Podcast, Justin and I took a stab at answering a fun question from MOP reader and listener Pieter...

Wurm Online has officially ended its real money trade market

Players of Wurm Online already knew that this was coming, but now it's officially official: The real money trade market has been officially...

Wurm Online further details changes to Followers and Traders, shows off some new item racks

If you've been eager for people to compliment your rack in Wurm Online, you'll have a chance to do so very soon according...

Wurm Online is officially ending the player-run RMT market in March

For a number of years, Wurm Online has allowed players to transform in-game assets and silver into real-world profit through an RMT system,...

Shroud of the Avatar boots real-money transactions off its forums

Real-money traders, you are no longer welcome on Shroud of the Avatar's property. At least, that's the message being sent by Catnip Studios,...

EVE Online’s new HyperNet Relay reintroduces gambling to New Eden

Remember way back in 2016, when CCP Games outlawed gambling in EVE Online's universe after turning a blind eye for over a...
Now my stats are good!

An MMO character ‘worth’ $1.4M was sold in China for $552

So here's a fun story of people being particularly... odd. Let's go with odd. Player A, hereafter referred to as "Scrooge McDuck," spends...

Guild Wars 2 studio ArenaNet chased the 2016 Gaile Gray account hacker all the way to Germany – and lost

Back in 2016, MassivelyOP covered an odd story about the Guild Wars franchise and a hack that seemingly involved the account of then-ArenaNet...

City of Heroes’ Homecoming announces Issue 26 Page 3, Halloween content, and collab with other rogue servers

City of Heroes' Homecoming servers, rogue or not, are pushing forward into legitimacy. As we've been covering, the servers, which have been

Interview: ArcheAge Unchained’s Merv Lee Kwai on housing, RMT, and the future of the game

The announcement of ArcheAge Unchained and its buy-to-play, no-pay-to-win ruleset has been one of the big surprises of the season for the five-year-old...