this is why we can’t have nice things

The real problem with this genre is the fact that humans play it. Here’s some of the worst stuff they’ve done.

Working As Intended: There is no good reason for MMO gamers to fund Dreamworld

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Not quite a month ago, we covered the Kickstarter for a wildly ambitious MMORPG, Dreamworld. We were, uh, pretty skeptical about the game's chances....
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...
Well, bye...

Sony confirms that the PlayStation 3, PSP, and Vita stores will shut down this year

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It turns out that the rumor was true, unfortunately. Sony has confirmed that the online stores for the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PSP Vita...
Yum yum rocks.

Elite Dangerous YouTuber is denied free access to Odyssey’s alpha due to ‘offensive’ content

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There are a number of YouTube content creators that have hitched their wagons to Elite: Dangerous. One of them is a YouTuber by the...

Development of a Warframe-inspired tabletop RPG is halted thanks to toxic fans

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A particularly toxic sect of the Warframe community has ensured that a tabletop RPG intended as a love letter to the game will never...

Fortnite rolls out Primal season, disqualifies esports pro over vile tweet

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If you're hoping for Fortnite's lore to make sense with its latest patch, I have to question whether you've been paying any attention. And...

EA admits that ‘one or more EA accounts’ is involved in FIFA 21 trading scandal

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Last week our MMO business roundup report included word that there was some illicit trading going on between players and EA employees in FIFA...

One of City of Heroes’ rogue servers, Sanctuary, has apparently been taken out by hackers

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It appears as though City of Heroes' Sanctuary rogue server has suffered what could turn out to be a catastrophic outage. The troubles began last...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the worst general chat channel?

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Yes, yes, I know all of the jokes, World of Warcraft general chat is vile enough to be used as a biotoxin and all of...

EU MechWarrior Online, RUST servers go offline following French data center burning to the ground – no one hurt

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Well, this might be a first for the MMO industry: The data center in Strasbourg, France, that housed MechWarrior Online's servers was partially destroyed...
These are your final days.

Final Fantasy XIV bans over 5,000 accounts for RMT activity

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Trading real money for gil in Final Fantasy XIV is expressly forbidden. Players shouldn't do that if they want to keep their accounts. Apparently more...
Yeah, cool.

Insiders expose Google Stadia’s rushed release, poor hiring practices, and stymied studios

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As things for Google Stadia continue to fall apart, with internal dev studios shutting down, misleading inter-company communications, and an impending class-action lawsuit from...

MMO Business Roundup: CDPR’s misery, Gamestonk revives, Riot’s Game Changers

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Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Console shortages: You probably saw all kinds of headlines this week about how President...
Remember when the worst thing this game did was nonsense about avoiding auction houses?

Titan Reach addresses early access funding – and how it pays its staff

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We have updated this piece with additional comments from the developer at the end. The original piece follows. If you are working on an MMO,...

Epic Games lobbies for a North Dakota bill that would force Apple and Google to allow alternative payment systems

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Considering Epic Games' legal interest in seeing Apple and Google allow for alternative payment systems and app stores, this bit of news makes perfect...

Gamestonk’s gamified guerilla trading made losers of both the good and bad guys

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It seems like a long time ago, but just a few weeks back, the mainstream news cycle was absolutely obsessed with Gamestop thanks to...

Hackers have successfully sold stolen CDPR source code and internal documents in a dark web auction

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Earlier this week we reported on a breach of CD Projekt Red's systems that resulted in a number of stolen pieces of data, including...

Former Riot Games staffer accuses CEO Nicolo Laurent of sexual harassment in new lawsuit

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Another day, another round of bro culture at Riot Games. The latest episode has gone even further up the chain of command, as former...

Stick and Rudder: Leader of Elite Dangerous ‘slavery’ racket espouses a ‘cult-like’ guild full of ‘chaos and evil’

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Last week we reported on an effort by several players of Elite: Dangerous to dupe new players into a sort of indentured servitude by...

Terraria cancels its Stadia release after Google openly mishandles the developer’s YouTube account issues

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There's burning bridges and then there's firing a massive orbital strike laser at them. Google has effectively chosen the latter with its handling of...

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