It has been a bruising month for Chinese gaming hegemon Tencent. First, their US based subsidiary Riot Games was accused of sexism which required major readjustments at the studio. These culture problems also brought to light Riot's declining profitability, with the company on course to run a deficit unless something changes soon. Closer to home, Tencent found itself on the wrong side of the ruling Communist Party's favor and had its license for Monster Hunter Worlds abruptly revoked. This forced Tencent to issue millions in refunds and left many gamers angered and confused. Worse still, the Chinese government followed up with a freeze on all new game licenses. That caught the entire industry off guard, but hit Tencent especially hard as the Chinese version of Fortnite was just getting ready to leave closed beta and officially launch. Reeling from these blows, Tencent responded by trying to be proactive in the face of new regulations that are undoubtedly on their way. The company … [Read more...] about The Weekly Raid: Will The Gaming Industry Finally Face Regulation?
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Support Massively OP on PatreonWere you too busy gaming this week to pay attention to MMO news? Get caught up every Sunday evening with Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review! Arg, this week you guys. Daybreak is currently wading in the aftermath of one of the biggest unforced errors I’ve seen in the MMO genre in a decade, from inexplicably deciding to answer Russian sanction rumors by abruptly claiming it’s not owned by the company it’s said it’s been owned by for three years to laying off over 70 people in what was allegedly an unrelated H1Z1 crisis. It’s such a mess that you probably missed our the farewell to EVE Online’s Andie Nordren and our impressions pieces on Project Gorgon, Sea of Thieves, and Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset. Oh yeah, and Belgium declared lockboxes illegal and threatened a bunch of international corporations with criminal penalties. No big thing. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Just Daybreak things (April 29, 2018)