Tag: category-/Online Communities/Virtual Worlds

World of Warcraft’s next big patch could save the Battle for Azeroth

World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion has been a controversial one. If you go on community site’s like Blizzard’s forums or the game’s Reddit page, you’re likely to see a lot of grumbling. Many players dislike Battle for Azeroth’s added features and derivative story. The MMO’s next major patch, Rise of Azshara, is its best chance […]

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Pearl Abyss grosses more than $1 billion for Black Desert franchise

Pearl Abyss announced that the Black Desert fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game has generated more than $1 billion in gross sales in less than four years. The South Korean company said that the game has been played by more than 10 million fans on PC, mobile, and Xbox One devices in more than 150 […]

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Roblox hits 90 million monthly users as European growth picks up

Roblox has hit more than 90 million monthly active users, up from 80 million a couple of months ago, as its presence in Europe takes off. And players are playing a billion hours a month in the user-generated virtual world. Roblox’s top 150 games — which are created by Roblox players — are now available […]

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Netmarble’s Lineage 2: Revolution crossed $1 billion in revenue in first year

In its first month in 2017, Netmarble’s Lineage 2: Revolution mobile game generated $176 million in one month. That helped Netmarble launch a lucrative initial public offering later on in the spring of 2017. But now the company is back, announcing that he massively multiplayer online mobile game topped $1 billion in less than a […]

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Sinespace teams up with Unity to sell do-it-yourself VR items in asset store

Sinespace maker Sine Wave Entertainment has teamed up with Unity Technologies to make its virtual reality marketplace objects available in the Unity Asset Store. Sinespace unveiled its Sinespace software development kit (SDK) in the Unity Asset Store at Unity’s Monday evening party, after the Unity press event at the Game Developers Conference. It also launched […]

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OpenAI launches Neural MMO, a massive reinforcement learning simulator

Artificial intelligence that’s beastly at World of Warcraft might not lie too far into the distant future, if OpenAI has its way. The San Francisco research nonprofit today released Neural MMO, a “massively multiagent” virtual training ground that plops agents in the middle of an RPG-like world — one complete with a resource collection mechanic […]

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Apex Legends passes 50 million players in a month

The official Apex Legends Twitter account revealed today that the battle royale game has reached 50 million players since its February 4 launch. Apex Legends is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s free-to-play, which gives it an advantage when it comes to reaching a large audience. Still, 50 million players in one […]

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How Roblox is moving ahead with its digital civility initiative

Roblox has more than 80 million monthly players on its Lego-like virtual world platform for teens, and it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the fun. That’s why the company is moving ahead with a digital civility initiative, which is meant to improve online safety and to start reducing trolling and toxic behavior. The […]

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Overwatch’s Baptiste makes it even harder to kill anyone

Overwatch has released its 30th hero, Baptiste, on the game’s test server. After messing around with this new healer for a bit, I’m worried. Just yesterday, I wrote an opinion piece on how Apex Legends should learn from Overwatch’s mistake and be careful when it makes new heroes. Today, we may be looking at another […]

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ArenaNet confirms that it is laying off staff

Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 developer ArenaNet is cutting an unspecified number of jobs. The company confirmed the layoffs and said it has recently cancelled a project. ArenaNet is restructuring now that it is no longer working on that new game. The studio also confirmed that the restructuring extends to its parent company, South […]

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Netmarble’s Simon Sim on mobile game growth, 5G networks, and pursuing Nexon

Lineage 2: Revolution has become one of the world’s most successful mobile games, with more than 30 million players on iOS and Android as of a few months ago. Licensed by NCSoft and built by Netmarble, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) game has helped the South Korean company go global. Publicly traded, Netmarble has a […]

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How Star Stable PC online game extended reach to girls with music label

The video game industry hasn’t designed many games specifically for girls, but Star Stable has proven to be one of them with staying power. Stockholm-based Star Stable Entertainment broke a lot of rules when it launched a massively multiplayer online game in 2012. It created its online horse game, Star Stable, for girls and young women. It charged […]

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Apex Legends hits 2 million concurrent players on its first weekend

Respawn Entertainment launched Apex Legends one week ago, and it has had a decent seven days since then. The studio revealed today that it has surpassed 25 million total players for the free-to-play battle royale. And the shooter had more than 2 million concurrent players during the peak of its first weekend. Apex Legends is […]

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OrbusVR: Reborn relaunch ushers in a new era of this VR MMO in April

Last year OrbusVR: Reborn ushered forth as a “ground-up re-imagining” of the VR massively mutliplayer online role-playing game that will aim to relaunch the game sometime this year. This week, we’ve learned OrbusVR: Reborn is set to officially go live in April. With new visuals, new classes, new mechanics, and tons of new features, it may as well […]

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Apex Legends earns 10 million players in three days

Apex Legends is already becoming a hit after three days. Electronic Arts revealed today that the free-to-play game already has 10 million players. Apex Legends launched on February 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It has also had achieved over 1 million concurrent players. If this momentum hangs on, Fortnite might find its biggest competition […]

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Respawn’s Apex Legends hits 1 million players in 8 hours

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends reached more than a million players in the first eight hours of availability for the free-to-play battle royale shooter game set in the Titanfall universe. Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn, tweeted the number and thanked fans for their support. The game became available today on the Xbox One, PlayStation […]

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Respawn launches free-to-play battle royale shooter Apex Legends

Confirming the weekend’s worst-kept video game secret, Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment announced Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royale shooter game set in the Titanfall universe. The game is available today to download and play on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. News started leaking since Friday. Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn, hinted at […]

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Vince Zampella: Respawn will reveal Apex Legends on Monday morning

Vince Zampella, CEO of Electronic Arts’ Respawn Entertainment, confirmed leaks on Sunday by tweeting that Respawn will reveal a new game, Apex Legends, on Monday morning. The reveal will be livestreamed on Twitch starting at 8 a.m. Pacific time on Monday. Zampella said, “Looks like everything is unlocked now? Fun. So if you like Respawn, our […]

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Chinese regulators start approving mobile games for Tencent, NetEase, and Perfect World

After a long delay, big Chinese game publishers Tencent, NetEase, and Perfect World are getting their mobile games approved for the Chinese market again. China’s new gaming regulator, the State Administration of Press and Publication (SAPP), last week released a list of digital games that have been granted a license for publication. Tencent, NetEase, and […]

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