Coronavirus Forces the Cancelation of Overwatch League Matches

The Coronavirus forces the cancelation of Overwatch League matches in China as fear about the illness spreads. The matches were set to take place in February and March but will now be put off to later this year. This was meant to be the first season in league history where each of the 20 teams hosted matches in their home cities and four of those were set to take place in China. Each location; Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Guangzhou were expected to host 2 events. The first of these events were meant to start on February 15th, just a little over two weeks from now.

Blizzard took to Twitter to announce the cancelation of the events, saying:

“We have decided to cancel our February and March matches in China in order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff. We hope fans have a safe and happy Lunar New Year, and we remain incredibly excited to play Overwatch League matches in China later this season. We’ll share more information about when and where the matches will take place at a later date. Thank you for your support and understanding!”

Overwatch Lunar New Year Event 2019

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Coronavirus have an impact on the entertainment industry. In fact, with movie theaters closed in China over what is their biggest movie-watching weekend, it is likely that the global film industry will feel the effects of this for some time to come. Major Chinese blockbusters that were meant to release for the Lunar New Year will have to be rescheduled and this will likely impact Western-made movies like Dolittle.

It is also having a major impact on tourism as a number of airlines around the world have announced they will stop flying in and out of China for the time being. Many Western countries are also organizing having their citizens who are in the Wuhan area brought home. However, when Japan did this they found that they ended up bringing back with them a number of people who were ill. Which could just further spread the illness.

The latest estimates as of writing this have the total number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus at 7,817 globally. 5 of those are in the United States, 3 in Canada, while China has 7,711 cases. Cases have also been confirmed in Australia, Germany, France, Finland, and the UAE just to name a few. Even Ireland, which has no direct flights to Wuhan where the Coronavirus started has a handful of people in self-imposed quarantine.

As this illness continues to spread across the globe it is likely we will see more events like the Overwatch League canceled.


Source: The Verge, Twitter

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Funcom Conan Games Free to Play This Weekend

If you’ve been meaning to give the Funcom Conan games a try then this weekend you are in luck. Age of Conan: Unchained, Conan Exiles, and Conan Unconquered are all free to play on Steam this weekend. Age of Conan is a free to play MMO so technically it isn’t really included in this free weekend, but it sounds better when you can say that all of them are free to play. If you decide you want to buy Conan Exiles or Conan Unconquered they will also be available at a discounted price until September 30th.

As previously mentioned, Age of Conan is the free to play MMO from Funcom. It is an 11 year old game with a dedicated playerbase. It is perhaps best known for its female nudity. It has had a number of expansions which you will get in the Hyborean Collector’s Edition on Steam for 60% off.

Conan Exiles is a survival game that enjoyed quite a lot of popularity while that was the genre everyone was making. It’s best known for its penis slider as it offers equal opportunities for nudity. The Standard and Deluxe Editions are 50% off while the Complete Edition is available for 40% off.

Conan Unconquered Preview Watching the World Burn

Then there is Petroglyph’s RTS Conan Unconquered. Petroglyph is the studio made up of former Westwood employees who made Command & Conquer and Earth and Beyond. They worked with Funcom to make Conan Unconquered which is both single player and has online co-op options. Conan Unconquered available for 30% off.

Notably Conan Chop Chop isn’t included in this, and that’s because it was delayed until Q1 2020 so they could add more features to the game. This is a stick figure action combat game that was once just an April Fools Day joke and now is going to be a reality.


Source: PCGamer

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KFC Has Announced a Rainbow Six Siege Event

KFC has announced a Rainbow Six Siege event on Twitter that is set to take place on September 23. Or at least more information will be revealed about it then. As of right now, there is basically no information about what is going to take place. All we have to go on is a tweet from KFC Gaming that said “September 23rd. Stay Tuned. #KFCR6.” Attached to the tweet was a video of Rainbow Six Siege gameplay that says, “cash and chicken to be won.” This has led to a lot of speculation that there will be some sort of KFC hosted Rainbow Six Siege tournament.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege

All of this comes just a little more than a week after KFC Gaming finished hosting what they called the World Cup of Games where 64 iconic games faced off in an elimination bracket based on community votes. After a few weeks, Rainbow Six Siege was crowned the winner. At the time KFC Gaming said it might “have to put together a reward for the R6 family.” Well, it looks like they’re doing just that.

This is of course not the only KFC related gaming news that has come up in the last couple of days. There is also going to be a KFC dating sim. I’m totally not just mentioning this because I wanted to use the screenshot of thirst trap Colonel Sanders, no, not at all.

Source: PCGamesN and PCGamesN

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Pokemon Go Ultra Bonus Event Giving Everyone a Chance for Unown

The next month is going to be a very busy one for Pokemon Go players thanks to the Pokemon Go Ultra Bonus Event which will be running until nearly the end of September. The Ultra Bonus Event will take place over three weeks, each week will have different things to keep an eye out for. It isn’t the only event taking place in the next month either. Here’s the full calendar of events starting from this Friday.


August 23-30 at 1 PM Pacific – Water Festival

Water-type Pokemon will appear more frequently in the Wild
Wartortle, Poliwhirl, Seaking, Lapras, Qwilfish, Mantine, Lotad, Feebas, Piplup, Buizel, and Finneon will appear more frequently in the wild near water
Water Type will hatch more frequently from eggs
Kingler and Crawdaunt will be able to learn Crabhammer
Shiny Carvanha and Shiny Barboach
Water Type will appear more frequently in raids
On Wednesday, August 28th from 6 PM to 7 PM local time You can encounter Uxie, Mesprit, or Azelf in raids in the respective regions
2x Hatch Candy
Water Type Buddies will have candy distance halved

September 2-9 at 1 PM Pacific – Johto Journey

A chance of hatching an Unown from a 10km egg, options are U, L, T, R, A.
Raikou, Entei, and Suicune will be in raids
Shiny Sentret and Shiny Gligar
2x Incubator Effectiveness


September 10-16 at 1 PM Pacific – Global Hatches

Regional Pokemon Farfetch’d, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, and Tauros will hatch from 7km eggs. There will be a chance for shiny versions of them all. This will continue through September 23rd.
All Deoxys forms will appear outside EX Raids for the first time
2x Incubator Effectiveness


September 15 at 11AM-2PM Local Time – Community Day, Turtwig

Shiny Turtwig
Special Move
3x Catch Stardust
3-hour Lures

September 16-23 at 1 PM Pacific – A Unova Unveiling

Unova Region Pokemon will appear
Chance for Shiny Mewtwo
Mewtwo with Special Move Psystrike in Raids
Klink will appear in Raids
Chance for Shiny Klink
Shiny Patrat and Shiny Lillipup
2x Incubator Effectiveness


There is also a new Special Research available with 7 steps that will ultimately lead to catching Jirachi. These 7 steps aren’t easy and they’ll take a little while to get through. But with all this activity going on this might be the best time there has ever been to be a Pokemon Go player.


Source: Pokemon Go Live

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Free Online Games This Weekend

There are several different free online games available this weekend that we would normally cover on MMOGames so we wanted to make sure you know about them. To start with Black Desert Online is going to be free to play this weekend on Xbox One. This comes right as Pearl Abyss has opened up Kamasylvia opening up on Xbox One and while they’re gearing up for the release of the game on the PS4. They’re also offering 30% to 50% off all three bundles they offer, so, if you like the game you can get it discounted.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

The other game you can get for free is Mutant Year Zero. This, along with Hyper Light Drifter is free this week on the Epic Games Store. Mutant Year Zero is a big surprise because it did come out less than a year ago. But they did just recently launch an expansion so maybe it isn’t all that much of a surprise after all. Of course to get this free game or Hyper Light Drifter you have to get the Epic Games Store which is itself a whole different can of worms. One that some people refuse to touch. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s worth getting. The Epic Store does offer free games pretty regularly though. So you might decide its worth it.


Source: Black Desert Online Console Site, Rock Paper Shotgun

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Everything You Need to Know About the Riot Games Walkout

Yesterday, the world witnessed a walkout for the first time in the history of the video games industry. The Riot Games walkout is something that is grabbing attention from inside and outside of the industry as it highlights some of the horrible business practices that are being used by companies in the United States. Before we can really dive into what took place yesterday we need to take a look at what led up to this point.

In December Riot Games suspended COO Scott Gelb for two months for inappropriate and unprofessional behavior. What was he accused of doing? Farting on employees, dry humping them, and slapping or flicking testicles. Things that would get any average employee fired on the spot. Along with this came sexual harassment allegations in the company as well as a heaping dose of sexism and discrimination. Kotaku broke the story with dozens of accounts from current and former Riot employees, we’ll link to that and other articles below if you’re interested in reading even more in-depth on the topic. Riot responded by promising a significant culture change and improvements. This included Gelb’s suspension and the hiring of Angela Roseboro, the first-ever Chief Diversity Officer for the company.

Image from Riot Games via Upcomer

Five former and current Riot employees have filed lawsuits against Riot Games. Riot then made motions to force two of those women into private arbitration, saying that the women had waived their rights to sue the company when they were hired. This is actually a pretty common part of employee contracts, though highly controversial. In fact, in the last few months Facebook, Google, and Uber have all announced they would end forced arbitration practices for harassment cases. Riot themselves have even ended forced arbitration for sexual harassment and assault claims. But, it only applies to future employees, meaning those two women who are facing forced private arbitration instead of being allowed to take Riot to court are still impacted. In a statement on the Riot Games website the company said, As soon as current litigation is resolved, we will give all new Rioters the choice to opt-out of mandatory arbitration for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims. At that time, we will also commit to have a firm answer around expanding the scope and extending this opt-out to all Rioters.” They also went on to give a 90-day timeline for changes they plan to make within the company as well as outline what arbitration means with Riot Games.

Over the weekend Roseboro spoke to employees on the company’s private Slack saying, “We’re also aware there may be an upcoming walkout and recognize some Rioters are not feeling heard. We want to open up a dialogue on Monday and invite Rioters to join us for small group sessions where we can talk through your concerns, and provide as much context as we can about where we’ve landed and why. If you’re interested, please take a moment to add your name to this spreadsheet. We’re planning to keep these sessions smaller so we can have a more candid dialogue.” In Waypoint’s report, however, one anonymous employee responded saying, “When Angela Roseboro offered to schedule focus sessions with people there was backlash because people were frustrated at yet another example of closed-door discussions instead of transparency. Overall, I think Rioters are sick of feeling like they have no visibility into what leadership is actually doing to improve.”

Image from Riot Games via Upcomer

This all finally brings us to yesterday’s walkout. More than 150 Riot employees in their Los Angeles headquarters staged a walkout that took place in a parking lot on Riot’s campus. The employees carried signs and passed around a megaphone sharing stories of harassment, as well as their hopes and fears for the company. More than one employee said that they would be quitting because they were failed by the internal investigation process and because walking around the campus makes them uncomfortable. Upcomer has posted transcriptions of 3 of the speeches from the walkout, these are just a few of the highlights.

“We want Rioters to present a unified front. I spent every day listening to people who were scared. There’s a gap here between our sense of safety and leadership’s perception of those numbers.”

“We cannot thrive if any of us is scared. Imagine a Riot where everyone felt safe and included. If you already feel that way, take a second, look around, and think about who might not, and why?”

“In almost five years here, I’ve heard these words repeated again and again. Constant calls for Rioters to hold one another accountable. I’ve heard it from every one of my managers. I’ve heard it from all the leaders throughout the company. I’ve heard it from those named in the lawsuit articles. ‘Hold me accountable.’ That’s what they said. We are here today to do just that.”

Image by Nathan Grayson from Kotaku

The signs being held up by Riot employees further expressed their feelings. Some signs read “I reported and he got promoted”, “Forced is not a word women like,” and “It shouldn’t take all this to do the right thing.”

Toward the end of the walkout the main organizer of the event, Jocelyn Monahan made an announcement saying that if Riot doesn’t make a commitment on the forced arbitration by May 16th she and others involved in the walkout would take further action. There was no specification on what that entailed but, talking to Kotaku another organizer, Indu Reddy said, “we do have plans, and we do have days that we’re planning, and we do have commitments that we have responses for.” The May 16th deadline was put in place because it is the date of the next scheduled bi-weekly townhall style company meeting. We’re just a little bit over a week away from that event now and as things stand it looks like we might not hear anything else about this ongoing story until then. But, if anything does come out we will be sure to update this article with the latest.


Kotaku Report on Riot’s Culture

Riot Games’ Official Response

Waypoint’s Report on the Weekend before the Walkout

LA Times Coverage of the Riot Games Walkout

Upcomer Transcription of Speeches at the Riot Games Walkout

Kotaku Coverage of the Riot Games Walkout

Header Image by Kevin Hitt

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Notch Will be Excluded from Minecraft Anniversary Events

Just a month after the news broke that references to the creator of Minecraft were being removed from the game we’ve learned that this wasn’t the end now we know that Notch will be excluded from Minecraft Anniversary events that are coming quite soon. A press event is being held in Mojang’s office in Stockholm on May 17th, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iconic game.


Speaking to Variety a representative of Microsoft was quite forward in stating their reasons for not including Notch in the events. “His comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft.” Basically confirming what everyone already knew, Notch’s social media statements are toxic to the Minecraft brand and Microsoft wants to distance themselves as much as possible.

These days Notch is somewhat notorious on Twitter for his distasteful political views. In the past, he has tweeted support for a heterosexual pride day as well as having what was considered by many a white privilege meltdown. He’s also known for using the term feminist as an insult and has called a female game developer an fing c-word, just…with the proper words used. His bigoted views are a stark contrast from the very family friendly game that he created.

While it is very sad that Notch won’t be involved in the 10th-anniversary event being held, after all, Minecraft, a 10-year-old game with more than 91 million monthly players was his creation, it is also important to remember that Notch hasn’t been involved with the game since 2014. So while his contributions to the game can’t be denied his importance has faded and it is the Mojang team who are deserving of the praise and attention.

Congratulations Mojang on 10 years of Minecraft! Here’s hoping for another 10.


Source: Variety

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If you’re interested in taking part in the live stream or helping them raise funds during the event you’ll be able to find them on Twitch on Wednesday, April 10th at 5 PM Pacific time on the Veteran Gamer Twitch channel. You can also share this news post and social media posts from the organization about the event.

We here at MMOGames are big supporters of this cause and will be there watching the event. Many of our writers and staff members are veterans who know first hand how much it means to get care packages while serving abroad. If you’re interested in joining the largest veteran-affiliated gamer community in the US head over to their website where you can find a link to their discord with over 2,500 members and more than 20 streamers. We hope we’ll see you there on Wednesday!



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Nexon’s 2019 Launch Roadmap Released

During their media event “Nexon Special Day” we got a look at Nexon’s 2019 launch roadmap, mostly for the first half of this year. It also mostly focuses on mobile games. When they were asked about PC games they said that they would talk more about it in their second or third special day events later this year. So basically, if you’re hoping to see Peria Chronicles you’ll have to wait until later this year at the very least.


Magia: Charma Saga

A side-scrolling action RPG that has already soft launched in five countries. It appears that Nexon has hopes this game will become a new standalone hit IP for the company. If you’re interested in checking it out our friends at MMOCulture have a 50-minute long preview of gameplay from the soft launch. Currently, the game is available to play in the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand. The inclusion of two English speaking countries gives us high hopes that this game will release in the West.


Durango: Wild Lands

Its been a while since we’ve heard about Durango: Wild Lands, but it looks as though they’re preparing to release the game in the west in the first half of this year.



Details so far are very vague for Overhit, but we do know that Nexon is planning to release it in 150 countries simultaneously. It’s the eagerly anticipated mobile RPG from NAT Games, the makers of HIT.


Maplestory M

MapleStory M is finally going to be released in Japan this April.


Godzilla Defense Force

Perhaps, the most exciting thing to come from the special media day was the announcement of Godzilla Defense Force, a game in which players need to defend cities against more than 100 different monsters from the Godzilla series. The game will be launching worldwide this May and be available in 10 different languages.


It looks like Nexon has a busy few months ahead, especially when you remember that 98% of the company is going up for sale very soon. If you’re interested in reading more about that check out the latest MMO Money column to see which 5 groups will be allowed to place bids.


Source: MMOCulture

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Year in Review: 2018 in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go may have been released in 2016 but 2018 was the year that the game really worked out what it is and found its groove. While it may not have the massive mainstream popularity it had when it first launched it has now reached a point where, if it had been released in this state…the whole world may very well be playing. That’s not to say that Pokemon Go isn’t successful in its own right. In 2018 it had nearly $800 million in revenue worldwide as well as hitting the $2 billion in revenue milestone in September 2018. What did the game do last year that worked so well for them? Let’s find out in our review of 2018 in Pokemon Go.



Niantic started off the year strong with the introduction of Community Day, a monthly event in the game that has players all around the world out in their cities catching ‘mons. This event is without a doubt the backbone of what has made 2018 so successful for Pokemon Go. Players around the world are really getting into these events. Some make cookies to hand out to fellow players. Others organize meetups. There’s nothing quite like going out into your town and seeing just how many players there are, all with the same goal.



Certainly, no slouch of a month though nothing that had a real lasting impact on the game. Three events were held, Valentines, Lunar New Year, Legendary Week, and the second ever community day. They also had a number of smaller events that kept players coming back throughout the months.



Research and Special Research were released in March which, if Community Day is the backbone…consider research the legs. Research and Special Research give players something to do in the game day to day besides just catching Pokemon. They’re also very rewarding and in some cases, the only way to get certain Pokemon. The rest of March there were a number of events running for a limited time, and of course, Community Day.


April Fools Day, Kanto Week, Community Day, and Earth Day in April. Events that got us out into the world playing the game, but ultimately didn’t really bring players in either.



Community Day and Adventure Week were the highlights in May. They were still keeping players engaged but the next big introduction to the game wouldn’t come until June.



My Little Pony says friendship is magic, and Niantic is fully on board with this. In June they introduced the Friends feature. The introduction of this feature brought back a flood of players who had previously abandoned the game shortly after the launch hype died down. With it, players could become friends with anyone in the world and trade gifts from them. This also resulted in players being able to get Pokemon whose catch location says somewhere they haven’t been. Thank you, Japanese friends!

In June they also started the Global Challenge, a challenge that kept players going out every day to complete research, adding to all the research completed in their area of the world and unlocking rewards for all. This event continued throughout July.



Throughout July the Global Challenge continued alongside other events, including their anniversary. At the end of the month, they introduced Lucky Pokemon. This gave players incentives to trade their older Pokemon which until that point they had been hoarding. It certainly isn’t a game-changing feature, but at the time it was the boost that trading needed.



August was another rather tame month by Pokemon Go standards. By that, of course, I mean that they had a festival, an Eevee community day that lasted for two days, a new special research, and introduced Niantic Kids. You know, a tame month.



In Korea, Pokemon Go had an entire week dedicated to it in September. Along with this, they began beta testing the Pokestop submission program. This will allow players to suggest places that should be Pokestops in the future. This is also when the Global Challenge bonuses were released. Then came community and Meltan. Meltan is as we now know a tie in Pokemon to tie into Lets Go, new games that are now available on the Switch. At the time though, Nutto was a complete mystery that had Pokemon Go players enthralled.



A psychic day followed by a female Pokemon event, followed by the introduction of Gen IV pokemon, then community day, then Halloween. October was another one of those busy, but not really all that busy months.



In November Niantic introduced what was at that point possibly the second most requested feature for the game, Adventure Sync. This allows players to get egg distance and walking rewards even while Pokemon Go isn’t running. You can even use it on exercise equipment so long as your phone is in your pocket.

November is also when Let’s Go released, along with it a new special research for Meltan. In between, they had a few more events, including our good old friend Community Day.



For many players, myself included, December was the highlight of the year. Niantic started off strong with a community weekend that brought back a few of the previous Community Day Pokemon. Then, out of nowhere, we were surprised by the release of PvP. This has been a feature that players have wanted since the very beginning. Now players can battle Pokemon vs Pokemon and get sweet rewards. Niantic also went to great lengths to make sure that it wasn’t a feature that is totally required. Though, if you want to evolve certain Pokemon it kind of is. After the introduction of PvP, we had a special raid weekend and a holiday event to end the year.


As you can see Niantic worked hard to keep players busy throughout 2018. Hopefully, this development pace works well for them and they can keep it up throughout 2019 as well. Of course, if all goes well they will also be releasing a Harry Potter game similar to Pokemon Go. This may end up hurting their bottom line. But only time will tell. As for last year, they had a great year.

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