Tag: category-/Online Communities/Virtual Worlds

Sensor Tower: Lineage franchise bags over $4 billion on mobile

Lineage is a powerhouse in Asia-Pacific mobile markets, with Lineage M and Lineage 2: Revolution bringing in more than an estimated $4 billion since 2016 on iOS and Android. The findings come via a new report from intelligence firm Sensor Tower. Let’s start by looking at what Sensor Tower has tracked for Lineage M. It’s […]

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Running of the Gnomes gets ready to help breast cancer patients with World of Warcraft shenanigans

The Running of the Gnomes is one of the best feel-good-stories in World of Warcraft‘s history. This charity event has players creating new Gnome characters, all with pink hair and tabards, who then run across the game’s massive world together. But this isn’t just for silliness’s sake. The event raises money and awareness for the […]

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BlizzCon seems like a disaster waiting to happen

World of Warcraft and Overwatch publisher Blizzard Entertainment is in a mess. It punished Hearthstone esports competitor Blitzchung for speaking out in support of Hong Kong protesters. It even plans to stop working with the commentators who conducted the interview. Now, Blizzard is facing a wave of criticism. And while that outrage’s is happening online, […]

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World of Warcraft’s next big update adds new races and long-requested changes

Blizzard has detailed the next big patch for World of Warcraft. The 8.3 update, titled Visions of N’Zoth, is hitting the public test realm today, and it is adding a lot. This includes two new Allied Races, the fox-like Vulpera for the Horde and the robotic Mechagnomes for the Alliance. This will get players two […]

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Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds raises $2.7 million for sandbox MMORPG

Online gaming veteran Raph Koster has started a new company called Playable Worlds, and it has raised $2.7 million in seed funding to change the way immersive worlds work. Koster’s team includes a distinguished team of developers with many decades of collective online game experience from Disney, Marvel, Sony Online Entertainment, and venture-backed startups. They […]

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New MMO studio from CCP and Remedy vets will use cloud gaming

Mainframe Industries is a new video game studio that will specialize in massively multiplayer online games with cloud gaming. The company will have studios in Helsinki and Reykjavik. Mainframe’s 13 founding members have experience at companies like CCP Games (Eve Online), Remedy (Control), and Next Games (The Walking Dead: Our World). Mainframe is focusing on […]

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Hearthstone is shaking things up by bringing fan-favorite cards out of retirement

Look out, insects! Ragnaros the Firelord, N’Zoth, and 21 other cards are coming out of Hearthstone‘s Wild format and into Standard for a limited time. Hearthstone is a the digital card game king, and the free-to-play title keeps players engaged by releasing three expansions a year. That can add up to a lot of cards, […]

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Mobcrush launches ReplayEngine for automated Fortnite action replays

Mobcrush, a livestreaming platform that reaches 84 million monthly users, has started a beta test for its ReplayEngine, a new feature that delivers action replays for Fortnite matches. The feature is a new tool for game streamers and esports teams to share automated broadcast-quality replays in a real-time picture-in-picture window with Fortnite fans. The ReplayEngine […]

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How Hearthstone’s team made Tomb of Terrors a fun and distinct solo mode

Hearthstone‘s newest solo adventure, Tomb of Terrors, comes out Tuesday. Hearthstone became the king of the digital card game world thanks to its multiplayer offerings, but the free-to-play Blizzard Entertainment game has found a successful format for single-player content that has players making their own decks as they fight computer-controlled bosses. One loss and you […]

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Hi-Rez Studios’ Rogue Company will be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC

Hi-Rez Studios revealed its newest game, Rogue Company, during Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct. But the multiplayer shooter is also coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. That PC version will only be available on Epic Games Store. Valve had long dominated the PC digital games store landscape with Steam, but it is facing real competition […]

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Netmarble’s Simon Sim on Hollywood licenses, mobile’s future, and cloud gaming

Netmarble has a knack for coming up with mobile game hits, including titles such as Lineage 2: Revolution, Marvel Future Fight, and BTS World. It is updating those games constantly and it is launching new titles such as Rich Wars and The King of Fighters Allstar. Lineage 2 has more than 30 million players and generated […]

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The RetroBeat: World of Warcraft: Classic shows what MMOs have lost

I’m having the most fun with any video game this year playing an old massively multiplayer online role-playing game from 2004. World of Warcraft Classic launched earlier this week. This new version of Blizzard Entertainment‘s hit PC game gives players a chance to experience World of Warcraft as it was in its earlier days, before […]

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GamesBeat Decides 124: 1,000-minute WOW queues

GamesBeat Decides is back once again to make the world of video games so simple that even a child could understand. Children, however, should not listen to this show because it features grown man and GamesBeat review editor Mike Minotti cursing god for not letting him onto a server to play World of Warcraft. He […]

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World of Warcraft Classic has 1 million Twitch viewers minutes after launch — and long log-in queues

World of Warcraft Classic is live as of 3 p.m. Pacific today, and this nostalgic online role-playing experience is drawing a lot of attention. On Twitch, over 1 million people are watching streamers who are playing World of Warcraft. The next most popular game is Grand Theft Auto V at around 150,000 viewers. And if […]

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Overwatch is the best it’s been in years

Thanks to a new character and a big change in the way people join matches, I’ve having more fun playing Overwatch than I have had in over a year. Blizzard Entertainment‘s team-based first-person shooter released on May 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. I fell in love with its world and characters, the closest […]

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Black Desert brings its MMO action to PS4

PlayStation 4 owners have a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game option. Pearl Abyss announced today that Black Desert is now available on the PS4. Black Desert touts sandbox-based gameplay and aim-based action (most MMOs have players casting spells simply by clicking on enemies, with little to no aim required). It’s also one of the […]

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Hearthstone nerfs Dr. Boom, Conjurer’s Calling, Luna’s Pocket Galaxy, Extra Arms … and Barnes

“One, two, Hearthstone’s coming for you” — that’s the song I’m singing to Barnes and Dr. Boom, Mad Genius right now. After drawing ire from legions of players (and in Barnes’ case, for years now), two of the most polarizing cards from Blizzard Entertainment’s digital card game are getting changes. In a blog post today, […]

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare gets 2v2 Gunfight multiplayer alpha on August 23

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is getting a 2v2 Gunfight multiplayer alpha this weekend, Infinity Award announced today at Geoff Keighley’s Opening Night event at Gamescom 2019. Dino Verano, a producer at Infinity Ward, said onstage at the event that the game’s revelation of multiplayer combat got a lot of positive fan feedback recently. He […]

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Apex Legends dev Respawn admits it messed up Iron Crown

Respawn screwed up. Apex Legends has a new event called Iron Crown that introduces a number of exciting cosmetics. But one problem: The business model to acquire many of those items has, once again, outraged fans. Now Respawn is admitting its mistake, and it’s promising to improve how you can acquire Iron Crown items. The […]

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Klang raises $22.3 million for MMO space colony simulation Seed

Klang has raised $22.33 million in funding to develop a massively multiplayer online space colony simulation called Seed. The Berlin-based game studio is making a large-scale, persistent virtual world, hoping to redefine the MMO landscape. Novator Partners, a global technology and health care investment firm, led the funding. Lego Ventures, the investment entity of the […]

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