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Major Chinese investment house known to online gamers in the west for its stake in a number of western games, including League of Legends and World of Warcraft.

Regulators in China and the UK turn their eyes toward streaming, gaming currency

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China isn't content to bulldoze its own local gaming industry by freezing game approvals, blocking kids from gaming outside of tiny windows, and freaking...

Funcom picks up the Conan IP and ‘dozens’ more with latest acquisition

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One of the trickier parts of the MMO business is the interplay between IP holders and the companies that make games with those IPs...

Tencent, Netease hit with stock losses amid China’s gaming industry clampdown

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If you've been following the gaming industry for a while, you probably remember the big "freezes" that the Chinese government placed on new game...

China’s new kid gaming time regulations are already causing industry trainwrecks

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At the end of August, we noted that China was following through on its plan to set extreme limits on minors' gaming time -...

China now limits minors’ gaming time to three hours a week, indicates anti-monopoly policies are forthcoming

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The Chinese government is introducing a significant crackdown on gaming for minors as state media has reported that children will only be allowed to...

Krafton’s IPO launch didn’t go to plan thanks to China and Tencent

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Yesterday was supposed to be a huge day for Krafton, the South Korean gaming giant behind everything from TERA to PUBG, as it launched...

The Soapbox: Pokemon Unite’s monetization is gross and threatens a competent game

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By now, you've probably seen several articles about the poor monetization in Pokemon Unite, often based on Reddit posts or streamer hot takes. Most talk...

Tencent reacts to Chinese state media calling online games ‘spiritual opium’ by adding new restrictions

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Young online game fans in China are going to be facing some new restrictions from Tencent-operated games. That's in response to an article from...

Massively on the Go: Pokemon Unite is genuinely fun – for new and casual MOBA players

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When Pokemon Unite was first announced, I had severe doubts I'd even give it a shot. I know I'm the local Pokemon guy, but there are many games in the...
Cloudy?

Chinese gamers beware: Tencent’s games now tattle on minors using facial recognition

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Tencent, the company that owns like half of the world's online titles at this point, is doing the Chinese government a solid by taking...

So what happened to Funcom’s Conan Chop Chop? Because it’s well past ‘early 2021’ now

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Funcom news is making the rounds this morning, as the company, which is wholly owned by Tencent at this point, announced that it's picked...

MMO Business Roundup: EA’s executive compensation, Facebook’s Oculus shenanigans, KRAFTON’s IPO

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Welcome back to another quick roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! Electronic Arts is still awful: Remember how EA shareholders voted against its compensation...

The Pokemon Unite MOBA launches on Switch in July and mobile in September

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Even though the best tortoise tank won't be there at launch, Pokemon Unite will be releasing sometime in July 2021 on the Switch as...

The sun is setting on Need for Speed’s online offerings, Call of Duty Online in China, and multiple SUBA MMOs

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I'd like to say that a roundup of impending sunsets is a first on MOP, but this is 2021, the year Gamigo sunsetted a...

Here’s how Geoff Keighley aims to improve on 2020’s neverending summer of not-E3

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I'm super grateful to all the organizations and games companies that did their level best to provide convention entertainment last summer when the pandemic...
Closer.

Four Winds: Why are Asian MMOs monetized the way they are?

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Welcome to Four Winds, Massively OP's newest column, dedicated to Asian MMOs and the culture around it. As the resident Black Desert columnist, I'm...
Accurate.

Chinese police team up with Tencent to take down a video game cheating ring

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It was an illegal organization being taken down by the Chinese police force in a concentrated operation. It involved $76 million being made, with...

Tencent is launching multiplayer survival game Undawn on PC and mobile this year

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Did the world need another multiplayer survival title? Maybe not, but nobody's gonna be sad to get a good one from a solid publisher...

The MOP Up: Apex Legends Mobile is on the way

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The multi-platform hit Apex Legends is finally making the jump to mobile. Droid Gamers reported that Tencent and Respawn are working on a phone...

MMO Business Roundup: Microsoft’s ZeniMax Vault, Square’s financials, and the Fortnite ‘scapegoat’ lawsuit

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Welcome back to another happy fun roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Business business business! ZeniMax: Microsoft is apparently creating a subsidiary named Vault...

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