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Dota 2’s International is an annual championship series for professional MOBA players.

EVE Online studio CCP Games will run a PLEX for Good charity campaign for Ukraine

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EVE Online studio CCP Games is making good with PLEX for Good once again, this time in support of humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The Pearl...

Itch.io’s Bundle for Ukraine, Cyberpunk 2077 review-bombing, and Twitch withholds pay to Russian streamers

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Back in 2020, as BLM protests were ramping up across the United States, multiple game devs contributed to the cause of racial equality, including...

Ukraine implores game companies to block Russian esports participation

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"Who had 'writing games industry roundups at the barest edge of a third world war' on their bingo card?" MOP's Chris marveled this morning,...

Neverwinter parent company donates $2M in aid to Ukraine, IGDA calls on industry to condemn invasion

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Since last week, we've been covering the game industry's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as game studios and esports teams divert launches, raise...
And it's gone.

DOTA 2 The International refunds live-audience tix because the pandemic didn’t go away

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For those who somehow haven't noticed, the COVID-19 pandemic didn't go away. We're still very much in the middle of it here in 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...
Space tourist. SPACE TOURIST.

Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott is joining an expedition to locate a sunken ship

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He's been to the North Pole. He's been to space. He's been to the depths of the ocean. He's been everywhere but in the...
Space tourist. SPACE TOURIST.

MMO dev and astronaut Richard Garriott smuggled the ashes of Star Trek’s James Doohan to the ISS

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While we all know very well the story of Richard Garriott's $30 million ticket on board a rocket to visit the International Space Station...

Massively Uplifting: Shattering mental health and disability stereotypes while increasing gaming inclusivity

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Back to school? That quintessential September mantra may not be a given for everyone this year. However, what is still a given is the...

War Thunder introduces two new limited-time modes inspired by the International Army Games

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Today I learned that War Thunder has gotten some new limited-time modes based on the International Army Games and that the International Army Games...
Everybody everybody

Path of Exile Harvest almosts tops concurrency record with 231K simultaneous players

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It doesn't seem as if Path of Exile is slowing down any time soon: Thanks to the launch of the Harvest league last week,...

GDC Summer, Dota 2’s The International, and Fortnite’s World Cup suffer fresh setbacks thanks to the pandemic

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More bad news for gaming convention-goers and esports fans: Everything is canceled. OK, not everything, but a lot. And not canceled, but postponed or...
Remember me? Someone is hoping you don't!

The Game Archaeologist: Tabula Rasa

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The story of Tabula Rasa begins, as so many others do, with 1997's Ultima Online. Raph Koster and Richard Garriott's online fantasy sandbox proved...

MMO Business Roundup: Valve is shopping around Dota 2’s top tourney

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Time for another quick roundup of a bunch of MMO-adjacent businessy stories that were drowning in our busy Thursday newsroom! The International: Valve is raising...

Lawful Neutral: Examining DDoS attacks and their impact on MMOs

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When I was younger, used to play with LEGOs with my cousins all the time. We'd spend time creating huge houses and vehicles that...
Oh my.

J. Allen Brack says the Blitzchung incident ‘exposed some immaturity’ in Blizzard

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It's a bit long in the tooth now with BlizzCon well behind us, but the Esports Observer published an interview with Blizzard's J. Allen...

Ragnarok Online’s international servers are going dark for two months to receive a mass of updates

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When you update your MMO, you have one of two methods: the drip-feed, which sees you slowly release smaller updates, or the force-feed, which...

Blizzard bans Hearthstone esports player and fires casters over pro-Hong Kong protest

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I suppose it was just a matter of time before the current Chinese political mess spilled over into gaming, but it's done so now:...

Pirate holidays make landfall in LOTRO and World of Warcraft this week

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Disclaimer: This author's family threw him a pirate-themed 30th birthday party and he walked the plank and it was definitely an amazing experience. Double...

US Senator Bernie Sanders publicly offers support for game worker unionization

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That dull, wooden hammering you hear in the background is the attachment of planks to platforms. With the US 2020 presidential campaign season drawing...

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