On this week’s show we chat about the ups and downs of Tencent taking over control of Grinding Gear Games and Path of Exile, look at Webzen pulling a mobile game out of the Netherlands due to laws, and laugh a bit at Hi-Rez Studios. All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

03:10 Tencent and Path of Exile
23:55 Webzen Closes MU Origin in the Netherlands
30:48 Oh Hi-Rez……
35:02 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
43:25 Questions and Answers of the Week

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Free-To-Play Cast is the official podcast (and videocast) of MMOBomb.com about free to play multiplayer online games. Free-To-Play Cast takes on the week’s biggest news with plenty of opinion, weekly bombs, community feedback, guests, laughs thrown in for good measure and much more. Have fun and expect a new episode next week!

Mike "Magicman" Byrne has been a part of the MMOBomb family for years and serves as the site's current Editor-in-Chief. His love for MMOs and gaming in general has led him to covering games for numerous websites including Gamebreaker TV and XIV Nation where he proudly displays his fanboy flag for FFXIV:ARR.


  1. Many thought Aeria Games made a mistake walking away from the Bless deal. Now it looks like a smart move. If Aeria had stayed the publisher it would have had 2 pluses, 1 it would have been F2P and 2 Aeria almost always does a good job on localization. Still you have to wonder how anyone could screw it up so badly?

  2. A backhanded dabomb to Bless for being the best advertising campaign that Gw2 has had in years. They even featured Jason’s Bless refugee article on their home page! While part of me hopes Neowiz can turn it around because I want to see a new mmo succeed, being too lazy or incompetent to properly curate articles on their own home page doesn’t instill much confidence. The other part of me is happy to see new players in Gw2 so for that thanks Neowiz! 😀


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