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Activision Blizzard King Hit With Unfair Labor Practices Complaint

Activision Blizzard King Hit With Unfair Labor Practices Complaint

Also, McCree renaming will take a while, is a 'pretty complicated project.'

By Jason Winter - 1 week ago
Overwatch 2 Will Be Used In The 2022 Overwatch League Season

Overwatch 2 Will Be Used In The 2022 Overwatch League Season

Next season starts in April.

By Jason Winter - 2 weeks ago
Suspect Arrested For Murder Of Brazilian Voice Actress For League Of Legends, Overwatch, And Others

Suspect Arrested For Murder Of Brazilian Voice Actress For League Of Legends, Overwatch, And Others

Brazilian voice actress Christiane Louise, who lent her talents to the Portuguese versions of several popular video game characters, was found dead last week at the age of 49.

By Jason Winter - 1 month ago
Activision Blizzard Releases Q2 Financials, CEO Addresses Lawsuit With Token Platitudes

Activision Blizzard Releases Q2 Financials, CEO Addresses Lawsuit With Token Platitudes

Activision Blizzard revealed its financial results for Q2 2021 yesterday, but most people weren't half as interested in the numbers as they were for the company's response to its recent barrage of bad news.

By Jason Winter - 1 month ago
Bandai Namco Announces Overwatch-like F2P Hero Shooter Gundam Evolution

Bandai Namco Announces Overwatch-like F2P Hero Shooter Gundam Evolution

Overwatch probably isn't going free-to-play any time soon, despite the fevered predictions of many an internet pundit.

By Jason Winter - 2 months ago
Apex Legends Blows Up Kings Canyon In Season 8, While New Legend Faces "Copycat" Claim

Apex Legends Blows Up Kings Canyon In Season 8, While New Legend Faces "Copycat" Claim

Apex Legends Season 8 arrives on February 2, and it's going to be an explosive update -- literally.

By Jason Winter - 8 months ago
Activision-Blizzard Touts "Record" Engagement In Q2

Activision-Blizzard Touts "Record" Engagement In Q2

Activision-Blizzard announced its second-quarter financial results for 2020 (covering April, May, and June), and they look very good.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Riot Officially Announces Valorant, A "5v5 Character-based Tactical Shooter"

Riot Officially Announces Valorant, A "5v5 Character-based Tactical Shooter"

Rumored on Friday, confirmed truth on Monday, Valorant is Riot's "Project A," and it's a pretty much what we expected: a 5v5 tactical shooter with multiple rounds, CS:GO-style, and a cast of characters with colorful abilities.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Blizzard's Q4 Financials Show That The Blitzchung Controversy Probably Had No Effect

Blizzard's Q4 Financials Show That The Blitzchung Controversy Probably Had No Effect

When I wrote about the top free-to-play gaming news stories of 2019, I put the Hearthstone Blitzchung controversy at #1.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Coronavirus Disrupts League Of Legends, CS:GO Esports Events In Asia

Coronavirus Disrupts League Of Legends, CS:GO Esports Events In Asia

Once again, real life intrudes on video games.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Hearthstone, Overwatch Game Directors Come Out Against Blitzchung's Suspension

Hearthstone, Overwatch Game Directors Come Out Against Blitzchung's Suspension

Let's add some Overwatch to the ongoing Hearthstone drama, shall we?...

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Jagex Hires Three, Including Creative Director For Unannounced Action RPG

Jagex Hires Three, Including Creative Director For Unannounced Action RPG

Jagex has some new high-level hires, and they're be set to work on RuneScape, as well as other projects.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Blizzard Axes Post-Match Interviews At Hearthstone Collegiate Championships

Blizzard Axes Post-Match Interviews At Hearthstone Collegiate Championships

There hasn't been any notable bad news or protests related to the Blizzard and the whole Hong Kong fiasco since last week -- and the company plans to keep it that way. As Rod Breslau reports, Blizzard will not have post-mat...

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Players, Developers Push Back Over Blizzard's Banning Of Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

💣 Feature | Players, Developers Push Back Over Blizzard's Banning Of Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

“Life comes at you fast” has rarely seemed like a more appropriate cliche.

By Jason Winter - 1 year ago
Epic Nabs Overwatch League Commissioner To Oversee Competitive Fortnite

Epic Nabs Overwatch League Commissioner To Oversee Competitive Fortnite

Epic isn't just snatching games for its store -- it's also pilfering people. Nate Nanzer, the commissioner and co-founder of the Overwatch League, will be departing Activision Blizzard for a role with Epic Games, to work on...

By Jason Winter - 2 years ago
After Years Away, It's Not Easy To Go Back To Your MMORPG Home

💣 Feature | After Years Away, It's Not Easy To Go Back To Your MMORPG Home

City of Heroes is coming back!...

By Jason Winter - 2 years ago
BioWare Discussed F2P For Anthem, But Decided It Wasn't The Right Direction

BioWare Discussed F2P For Anthem, But Decided It Wasn't The Right Direction

"Almost free-to-play" is probably pushing it, but that's the title that Edge Magazine (via GamesRadar) decided to go with when talking about Anthem in an interview with BioWare's Jonathan Warner and Ben Irving.

By Jason Winter - 2 years ago
What Will Go F2P Next? We Offer Up 6 Predictions

💣 Feature | What Will Go F2P Next? We Offer Up 6 Predictions

Back in 2015, I made a few predictions about MMORPGs that I thought had a chance – even if only a slim one – of going free-to-play.

By Jason Winter - 2 years ago
Analyst Predicts Overwatch And Call Of Duty's BR Mode Will Go F2P In 2019

Analyst Predicts Overwatch And Call Of Duty's BR Mode Will Go F2P In 2019

Gaming industry analyst Michael Pachter has never been shy about making predictions.

By Jason Winter - 2 years ago
Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch, And Star Citizen Are Free To Play Over The Next Few Weeks

Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch, And Star Citizen Are Free To Play Over The Next Few Weeks

We don't usually report on games that are temporarily free-to-play (Should we?...

By Jason Winter - 2 years ago
EA Won't Follow In Blizzard's Footsteps, Refuses To Stop Selling FIFA Packs In Belgium

EA Won't Follow In Blizzard's Footsteps, Refuses To Stop Selling FIFA Packs In Belgium

Belgium has said that card packs in Electronic Arts' FIFA games are gambling.

By Jason Winter - 3 years ago
Cash Sales Of Loot Boxes In Heroes Of The Storm And Overwatch Will Soon Be Disabled In Belgium

Cash Sales Of Loot Boxes In Heroes Of The Storm And Overwatch Will Soon Be Disabled In Belgium

Earlier today, Blizzard posted on the forums for Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch to say that paid loot boxes for both games will soon be disabled for gamers in Belgium.

By Jason Winter - 3 years ago
Belgium Classifies Four Games' Loot Boxes As Gambling, Demands Their Removal

Belgium Classifies Four Games' Loot Boxes As Gambling, Demands Their Removal

Following on the heels of the legal re-classification of loot boxes in The Netherlands, the Belgian Gaming Commission has brought down the banhammer on loot boxes in four games. MMORPG.com has in part translated a statement...

By Jason Winter - 3 years ago
The Netherlands Classifies Loot Boxes In Dota 2 And Three Other Games As Gambling

The Netherlands Classifies Loot Boxes In Dota 2 And Three Other Games As Gambling

And so it begins. Eurogamer is reporting that the Dutch Gaming Authority has declared that loot boxes in Dota 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Rocket League, and FIFA 18 are gambling and their developers must acquire gambl...

By Jason Winter - 3 years ago
A World Without Loot Boxes: What Should You Expect To Pay For Non-Random Loot?

💣 Feature | A World Without Loot Boxes: What Should You Expect To Pay For Non-Random Loot?

It seems like we'll see some kind of regulation regarding loot boxes in video games sooner rather than later.

By Jason Winter - 3 years ago
Rep. Lee Of Hawaii Takes To YouTube To Talk About Drafting Loot Box Legislation

Rep. Lee Of Hawaii Takes To YouTube To Talk About Drafting Loot Box Legislation

Unlike a lot of politicians, Representative Chris Lee of Hawaii isn't just all talk.

By Jason Winter - 3 years ago
Belgium Looking To Classify Loot Boxes As Gambling

Belgium Looking To Classify Loot Boxes As Gambling

Loot boxes are already regulated in China, and thanks to the recent loot-box-o-rama in gaming, the same thing might be happening soon in Belgium. According to PCGamer, which is getting its info from a translated Belgian new...

By Jason Winter - 3 years ago
Loot Boxes Might Not Technically Be Gambling, But They're Definitely Something

💣 Feature | Loot Boxes Might Not Technically Be Gambling, But They're Definitely Something

It's the “Season of the Loot Box,” and everyone's got their two cents to put in – which would buy you about 1% of a typical box in most games. By now you've probably seen the various thinkpieces that are popping up al...

By Jason Winter - 3 years ago
Whatever Happened To … Battlecry?

💣 Feature | Whatever Happened To … Battlecry?

As much as we might make fun of “dead” or “dying” games, at least a game that launched and then declined rapidly … well, launched. Other titles aren't always so lucky.

By Jason Winter - 4 years ago
Columnist: F2P "Should Be Entirely Out of the Question" For Game Developers

💣 Feature | Columnist: F2P "Should Be Entirely Out of the Question" For Game Developers

If there's one notion I wish I could forcibly implant into the minds of every person on the planet, it's this: "Not everything can be seen in terms of black and white." I'd mostly like to inject that into political discourse, ...

By Jason Winter - 4 years ago
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