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Axie Infinity’s massive crypto theft by hackers was possible thanks to a job search phishing scam

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Most of our regular readers know Axie Infinity as the game that saw a North Korean hacker gang get away with a huge stash...
You are bad and you should feel bad.

Habbo Hotel goes full play-to-earn with the announcement of Habbo X

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Remember when having Habbo Hotel owner Sulake selling off Habbo-based NFTs seemed just like it was pointlessly destructive grifting from an isolated unscrupulous developer? Good times....

GDC 2022: Blockchain, NFTs, and play-to-earn scams go mainstream

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It's GDC again, guys, and it's... woof, a rough-looking year. While we had some really interesting panels during COVID, the first in-person event (which...
Lies and the lying liars who tell them.

TitanReach’s mystery investor actually existed, and the lead dev is accused of misappropriating the investment

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Just ahead of the weekend, we covered the news that TitanReach, an indie MMO that had taken significant sums of money from players and...

Just months after supposed angel investment, indie MMO TitanReach has ceased development – again

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Raise your hand along with us if you saw this one coming: Indie MMO TitanReach has apparently ceased operation just half a year after...
You are bad and you should feel bad.

The Daily Grind: Do you ever hope for an MMO project’s failure?

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It wouldn't have been long ago that my personal answer to this question would have been a flat and unambiguous "no" because even when...

SoulWorker’s original developer threatens play-to-earn copycat MMO with legal action

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Not quite a year ago, Gameforge sunsetted the western version of SoulWorker, and the game reverted back to the game's original Korean developer, Lion...
You are bad and you should feel bad.

Vague Patch Notes: NFTs in gaming are a bad, dumb idea

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This is going to be a little more ranty than usual. Apologies for that in advance, but... well, we're talking about NFTs. NFTs are...

MMO Business Roundup: Discord crypto mess, Unity buys Weta, Roblox Q3 2021 financials

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! Business business business... is this working? Discord: Well, Discord's gone and ticked off its...

The Daily Grind: How do you protect yourself from scammers in MMORPGs?

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As long as there have been MMOs, there have been MMO scams. If you play, then you know. So you're not going to be...

Dreamworld co-founder’s ex-fiancee calls out Kickstarter fibs but says he’s not intentionally scamming

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A couple of weeks back, we covered the impending Kickstarter funding of Dreamworld, a game by a couple of MMORPG industry novices promising the...
Sometimes it's... pretty clear.

Vague Patch Notes: Scammers, grifters, and amateurs in the MMORPG market

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There are two apparent truisms about scams in the MMO marketplace. The first is that players are quick to call anything that vaguely stinks...

Exposé tracks how one dude fudged a whole company and swindled 25 devs over an MMO

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MMO players aren't the only people who get scammed by games that sound too good to be true. Kotaku has a piece up this...

Just when you thought lockbox gambling couldn’t get any grosser

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You might think, given the public outcry against digital video game lockboxes over the last year and the slow-moving but serious oversight crackdown currently...
We never like these things.

But seriously, lockboxes suck, even if the ESRB doesn’t think they’re gambling. Stop buying lockboxes.

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So, MMO players. Are you tired of hearing about lockboxes and gambleboxes? It feels like we've been complaining about them for like six or...

EVE Evolved: How much trust is too much in EVE Online?

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Of all the headlines to come out of EVE Online over the years, the biggest and most far-reaching have been the stories of massive thefts...

World of Warcraft thieves are using a new chat script to scam players out of gold

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World of Warcraft players beware: There's a new scam going on that requires a little bit of gullibility and action on the part of the...
ArcheAge

Trion overturns ArcheAge scam, scammers flip tables

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Another day, another mess in ArcheAge. Here's the scenario: Player A, known for his Doctors Without Borders charity work, and Player B trade on...

PSA: Beware of scammers abusing MMO clan Gaiscioch’s name and domain

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Gaiscioch clan's Benjamin "Foghladha" Foley and friend of Massively OP has apparently become the victim of a strange sort of gaming-related identity theft. "Over the...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever been scammed in an MMO?

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One quirk of some early MMORPGs was that character names weren't always unique. It was possible to roll multiple characters with precisely the same name and...

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