New Magic: The Gathering MMORPG Announced at The Game Awards

In case you missed it a new Magic: The Gathering MMORPG was announced during The Game Awards last night. The cinematic trailer for Magic: Legends was shown during the award show and if you missed it you can watch it below. Magic: Legends is being made by Cryptic Studios, the team behind the Neverwinter MMORPG, Star Trek Online, and Champions Online.

There have been rumors about this MMO swirling around the internet since May 2017, then in June 2017 Perfect World and Cryptic announced that the game was, in fact, being made. But that was all they said at the time. Since then there has been no other announcements about the game until The Game Awards when the cinematic trailer was dropped.

You can register to take part in the beta on the official site which is a bit barren right now. Cryptic has said that more information about the game will be revealed in January 2020. You can be sure we’ll be keeping an eye out for that.

The team creating Magic: Legends is being led by former Star Trek Online Executive Producer Stephen Ricossa, who had this to say about the game. “Cryptic Studios is known for making games based on franchises we love and this is no exception. We’ve assembled a team of talented developers who are incredibly passionate about Magic: The Gathering and share a collective deep knowledge of the franchise. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the multiverse to life in a way that fans have never experienced before.”

Other quotes about the game:

“It’s an incredible time to be a Magic: The Gathering fan,” said Yoon Im, CEO of Perfect World Entertainment. “As huge fans ourselves, we are excited to once again collaborate with Wizards of the Coast. With its rich, immersive worlds and satisfying spellcasting system, Magic creates the perfect setting for an MMO action RPG spun into an epic fantasy adventure that players will want to continue exploring for years to come.”

“We continue to expand the Magic: The Gathering multiverse, bringing our passionate fans unique, immersive Magic experiences across their favorite entertainment platforms,” said Eugene Evans, Wizards of the Coast Vice President of Business Development. “Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios’ Magic: Legends immerses fans into the Magic multiverse as a Planeswalker – a multiverse that continues to develop through Magic: The Gathering, Arena, novels and upcoming Netflix animated series.”

Source: Press Release, The Game Awards

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Remnant: From the Ashes Now Available For Consoles and PC

Gunfire Games has already put themselves on the map with last year’s Darksiders III. Now the developer has a new experience that’s sure to thrill co-op gaming fans, especially with its open-ended replayability. Prepare yourselves for Remnant: From the Ashes!

Perfect World Entertainment, Inc. has announced the release of the survival-action third-person shooter, which is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as PC on both Steam and Arc. The game takes place in the post-apocalyptic future, where players will have to fight across dynamically-generated worlds with fellow survivors, collecting gear and utilizing whatever weapons they come across. They’ll take on the devastating Root forces while trying to discover their dangerous secrets.

The game supports up to three players in co-op, so you and two friends co work together. It also features a dynamic gear-based progression system, along with a number of endless challenges for you to rank up with. And what’s more, with World Stone checkpoints spread out, you can always save your progress and come back at any time – no need to grind yourself into a corner!

“We wanted to expand on our signature sci-fi fantasy meets post-apocalyptic style, building a game around adventure, exploration and co-op,” said Gunfire Games co-founder and president, David Adams. “Remnant: From the Ashes is our passion project. Through our innovative dynamic generation tech, the game offers a fresh adventure each time you jump in. We hope players enjoy our re-imagination of ‘endless adventure’ as much as we do.”

“Gunfire Games has created a unique gameplay experience that exhibits the studio’s creativity, ambition and expertise,” said Yoon Im, COO of Perfect World Entertainment. “We jumped at the opportunity to help bring their vision to life and are proud of what the studio has accomplished. We know Remnant: From the Ashes will thrill challenge-seekers and surprise players looking for their next co-op adventure to share with friends. It’s time to fight the Root of all evil!”

The game is going for $39.99, and you can watch the launch trailer below. We actually reviewed the game earlier today and found it to be an engaging experience. Alexkayl said, “Remnant turned out to be an amazing achievement and a game that can proudly stand as a great Souls-like, despite having its own identity and focus. Everything about it works almost flawlessly, from its combat mechanics to the way that the procedurally generated world offers fresh trials without feeling hastily stitched together. If there is one challenge that you need this year, that challenge is fighting the Root in Remnant: From the Ashes.”

Step up and check out Remnant today!

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Star Trek Online: Rise of Discovery Command Dreadnought Cruiser Giveaway (PC)

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG set in the famous Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation, Klingon, or Romulan ship. Embark on adventures throughout the Star Trek universe, and go where no one has gone before! The most recent update for Star Trek Online, Rise of Discovery, has gone live, and to help players hit the ground running, MMOGames and Perfect World Entertainment have teamed up for a very special giveaway.

Star Trek Online: Rise of Discovery continues the game’s crossover with the critically acclaimed CBS television series, Star Trek: Discovery. Players will have the opportunity to travel back in time and board the U.S.S. Buran with Captain Gabriel Lorca (voiced by Jason Isaacs) and Commander Ellen Landry (voiced by Rekha Sharma) from the show. Captains will uncover the startling chain of events that ultimately determined the fates of these compelling characters in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Rise of Discovery also introduces a brand new reputation and a system wide update that removes player level restrictions for all premium Tier 6 starships across PC, Xbox One and PlayStation®4.

Note: These codes are only eligible for the PC version of Star Trek Online and can only be unlocked by Federation and Klingon characters, and their respected allied members among the Romulan and Dominion factions. A total of 10 winners will be selected.

STO Rise of Discovery Giveaway

Giveaway Details:

  • Buran Command Dreadnought Cruiser [T6]
  • Qoj Command Dreadnought Cruiser [T6]
  • Plus a fleet ship module and 5 master keys!

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How To Redeem Your Star Trek Online: Rise of Discovery Command Dreadnought Cruiser

  1. These codes are only eligible for the PC version of Star Trek Online and can only be unlocked by Federation and Klingon characters, and their respected allied members among the Romulan and Dominion factions.
  2. Install and launch the Arc client if you haven’t already done so.
  3. Select the gear logo at the top right of the client.
  4. Select “Activate a Product” and enter the item code.
  5. Enter the game and visit the Zen Store.
  6. Rewards can be found on the “Promotions” tab.

 

Enter Via Gleam

Sign in with a selection of options within the Gleam widgets at the end of this post and complete one or more entries to enter. You can select all of them or just one, it’s entirely up to you, though the more you choose, the more chances you have to win! This giveaway will end on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Star Trek Online: Command Dreadnought Cruiser Giveaway

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Torchlight Frontiers – I Like the Way You Loot

A Torchlight MMO is something that has been rumored for a long time. The idea harkens back to the days before the first Torchlight game was released by Runic Games, serving as an introduction to this fantasy world before development on an MMO was started.

Fast-forward a decade or so and here we are: Runic Games is no more. However, it lives in spirit within Echtra Games, a new studio that is finally developing the long-desired Torchlight MMO, or Torchlight Frontiers, as it was blissfully introduced to the gaming world. It has all the makings of an MMO and feels like a natural evolution for the series: from the single-player thrills of the first game to the co-op riot of the sequel, and now the next step is the MMO enterprise of the third game. Sounds like the perfect plan… that is, if we choose to ignore the substantial setbacks that reared their ugly faces along the way.

Torchlight Frontiers Preview Boss Battle Strongtusk

Looting Is My Business… and Business Is Good!

I’ll start off by mentioning one of the latest features to be introduced during the Torchlight Frontiers alpha: the Contracts system. This is a system akin to the battle-passes that you usually see in Battle Royale games. You have two reward tracks, with one of them unlocked and the other one being a premium reward track. Completing contracts will increase your Fame experience level and unlock all kinds of rewards. This is the place where you should go for unpredictable missions that deviate from the straightforward story-based campaign – although there is nothing linear about Torchlight Frontiers’ bold approach to progression.

Instead of pushing you through a linear progression system such as the ones seen in countless other MMORPGs, Torchlight Frontiers offers you a choice right at the start: the Goblin Frontier or the Hyvid Frontier. Your hero, chosen from the two classes currently on offer (Dusk Mage and Forged), will see his experience level increasing independently, according to the path that you take. As an example, this way you can be a level 15 character in the Goblin Frontier and level 5 in the Hyvid Frontier. This dichotomy opens a range of possibilities and freedom that is severely lacking in other games of the genre.

The twist is that the gear you collect is aligned with the frontier where you earned it. So, your frontier level determines the level of the gear that you may use, with the caveat that the Goblin Frontier gear won’t be suited to other biomes, and the same works for the opposite as well. If you insist in doing so, this results in severely underperforming gear, ensuring that the early levels of other frontiers remain somewhat challenging and worthwhile. As you progress, it’s inevitable to steadily switch to gear from your current frontier, as the challenge intensifies, and you must adapt to survive.

Torchlight Frontiers Preview Hyvid Frontier Retch the Regurgitator

In practice, this frontier system can provide variety and optional routes for you to evolve in case things get particularly tough in one place or another. But it is also a much-coveted escape path in case you want to discover new enemies, new gear or just complete a series of contracts to clear your mind from a given obstacle. So far, I haven’t stumbled across any insurmountable challenges, but there were a couple of occasions when the opposing forces were so numerous that I found myself trapped amidst a barrage of gnarly netherling teeth and goblin clubbing, with no chance of escape. I’m not ashamed to admit that making a run for it when the going gets tough is a valuable strategy. Live to fight another day and all that.

Don’t get too comfy with all the loot coming your way. Your inventory isn’t too skimpy, but the amount of loot left in the battlefield during your average daily journey is probably enough to make a pile as tall as the Empire State Building. Your loyal pet serves as a secondary inventory and you can send him to town to sell unnecessary loot and earn a few coins in the process.

Changing gear sets is made easier with the help the Wardrobe system. A couple of clicks should take you to your Fort, where you have access to a multitude of options such as this one. Serving as the housing system of Torchlight Frontiers, your Fort has a shared stash, the Mapworks device (used to access additional missions and possibly new endgame content) and the structure where you can unlock new skills and upgrade them, among several other functional or cosmetic options.

Torchlight Frontiers Preview Goblin Dungeon Battle

What Lies Beneath

Were it not for the looming shadow of the frightful progress wipe, Torchlight Frontiers would already be one of my action RPGs of choice. It doesn’t break any new ground in terms of gameplay, but it is designed to addict in a way that only the best loot-driven hack and slash games can do. It’s compelling to the point where you begin wondering if you should give your wrist some much-deserved rest or suck it up as you stride on, eager to complete a couple more missions.

WASD control would be a godsend for Torchlight Frontiers, providing a vital alternate control scheme for many players. I, for one, would undoubtedly favor it over the current click-to-move option where it’s not unusual to find yourself attacking an enemy close-by when you only wanted to take a step back. This control method is allegedly being worked on and it is in my opinion crucially important to the ambitions of Torchlight Frontiers. Another upcoming action RPG, Wargaming’s Pagan Online, is straight up going for WASD as its main control scheme.

The randomized dungeons will always provide a different set of challenges, although I have a couple of quibbles about it. The first one concerns the length of the dungeons, something that could turn out to be a slight problem when you don’t want to give up halfway through. It’s not easy to determine whether you should venture forth or hold on for the next day, and a previous patch already reduced the length of a handful of dungeons, which means that I am not alone in this regard.

The other annoying aspect is based on the randomization system itself. It’s not unusual to find yourself threading familiar ground and wondering if you’re not going in circles. Sometimes the layout feels too coldly engineered and could use an additional human touch to avoid severe repetition. After several hours exploring the same seemingly bottomless caves and infested toxic forests, it can get exhausting.

Torchlight Frontiers Preview Champion Goblin

But those are pretty much all the complaints that I have for now. There is a disconcerting lack of good free-to-play hack and slash games and we’re yet to see if Diablo Immortal will ever find its spot as a proper Diablo-like game for longtime fans of the series. Quite a paradox, to say the least, but it couldn’t be more accurate.

As for Torchlight Frontiers, it’s shaping up to be the logical evolution for the series and the perfect embodiment of everything that makes a good hack and slash game. It has tons of loot, boss battles, crafting, an innovative progression system and an irrefutable potential to cause carpal tunnel syndrome. If that’s not a sign of a promising action RPG, then I don’t know what is.

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Star Trek Online: Mirror of Discovery Engle-Class Mirror Escort Carrier Giveaway (PC)

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG set in the famous Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation, Klingon, or Romulan ship. Embark on adventures throughout the Star Trek universe, and go where no one has gone before! The most recent update for Star Trek Online, Age of Discovery, has gone live, and to help players hit the ground running, MMOGames and Perfect World Entertainment have teamed up for a very special giveaway. Enter now for a chance to win the Engle-Class Mirror Escort Carrier.

The Engle-class Mirror Escort Carrier [T6] is retrofitted from a ship that crossed over from the 23rd century into present-day space. A fearsome Terran vessel, this starship’s capabilities and integrated technologies emphasizes the Terran philosophy to not only crush the enemy, but make it hurt the entire way.

Note: These codes are only eligible for the PC version of Star Trek Online and can only be unlocked by Federation or Federation aligned characters.

STO_EngleMirrorEscort

Ship Details:

  • Faction: Federation and Federation-aligned
  • Required Rank: Must complete the Tutorial
  • Fore Weapons: 5 (scales with level)
  • Aft Weapons: 2 (scales with level)
  • Hull Modifier: 1.15
  • Shield Modifier: 1.25
  • Device Slots: 2
  • Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Commander Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering/Intelligence, 1 Lieutenant Commander Science, 1 Ensign Universal, 1 Lieutenant Commander Universal/Temporal Operative
  • Console Modifications: 5 Tactical, 2 Engineering, 4 Science (scales with level)
  • Base Turn Rate: 14 degrees per second
  • Impulse Modifier: 0.18
  • Inertia: 60
  • +10 Power to Weapons, +10 Power to Auxiliary
  • Can Load Dual Cannons
  • Console – Universal – Cascading Subatomic Disruptions
  • Experimental Weapon Slot, equipped with Graviton Implosion Projector
  • Hangar Bays: 1
  • Hangar Bay loaded with Mirror Universe Shuttlecraft
  • Starship Ability Package (Escort Carrier)
  • Precise Weapon Systems (+Accuracy)
  • Tactical Maneuvers (+Defense)
  • Quick Deployment (+All Damage)
  • Devastating Weaponry (+Critical Chance)
  • Superior Area Denial (Starship Trait)

 

 

How To Redeem Your Star Trek Online: Mirror of Discovery Engle-Class Mirror Escort Carrier

  1. These codes are only eligible for the PC version of Star Trek Online and can only be unlocked by Federation or Federation aligned characters.
  2. Install and launch the Arc client if you haven’t already done so.
  3. Select the gear logo at the top right of the client.
  4. Select “Activate a Product” and enter the item code.
  5. Enter the game and visit the C-Store.
  6. Rewards can be found on the “Promotions” tab.

 

Enter Via Gleam

Sign in with a selection of options within the Gleam widgets at the end of this post and complete one or more entries to enter. You can select all of them or just one, it’s entirely up to you, though the more you choose, the more chances you have to win! This giveaway will end on Friday, February 15, 2019.

 

The Winners From The Final Round Are Shown Below

Star Trek Online: Engle-Class Mirror Escort Carrier Giveaway

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22 Online Games Shut Down in 2018

While this is the year that Fortnite made it big, it wasn’t a year without some very sad departures. We saw studios close and beloved games disappear. We’re taking a look at the online games shut down in 2018 with a wide view that includes MMORPG, MOBA, and Battle Royale alike. These are the games we sadly lost in 2018.

 

Shutdown

 

RuneScape Classic

RuneScape Classic, not to be confused with RuneScape or Old School RuneScape, sunsetted earlier this year. Jagex touted the evolving nature of their tools and those self-same tools being incompatible with RuneScape Classic, leading to an increased chance of abuse and data breaches. The game itself may have broken without any warning as things continued developing away from the original codebase. Also in this year, Jagex shut down Chronicles: RuneScape Legends, Ace of Spades and their FunOrb game portal.

 

Just Survive

Just Survive

Daybreak Games has had an odd year, what with being implicated in the ongoing drama that is the presidency of Donald Trump. Columbus Nova and Russian oligarchs aside, Just Survive was originally H1Z1. Like any good zombie virus, it mutated into two variants with a battle royale spawning off of the sandbox survival game. Now Just Survive is gone and the battle royale seems to have been the survivor. Per the official statement “While this chapter for Just Survive has come to an end, we are discussing the possibility of allowing our partner and developer of Z1 Battle Royale, NantG Mobile, to bring Just Survive back online and take over the development of the game sometime in the future. Should we have further information to share regarding that matter, we’ll be sure to inform you accordingly.”

 

WildStar

Carbine Studios, the developer of WildStar, was shut down by NCSoft earlier this year and with it the game itself. According to reporting in Kotaku, Carbine had been pitching projects to its parent company but failed to gain any traction with them. This along with the general decline of WildStar led to the business decision to close the studio and game.

 

Master x Master

Master X Master mxm

After spending much of 2017 trying to appeal to former City of Heroes players by bringing out beloved iconic characters from the game, MXM ultimately shut down at the end of January. From the start though it seemed like a questionable proposition. It was late to the MOBA scene and trying to take an idea that had already been used by Blizzard of using iconic characters from their various games. Unfortunately for NCSoft, most of the games they focused on are practically unknown in the West and the games that are well known are controversial or downright unpopular. The exception to that is Guild Wars 2, which MXM hardly touched at all. Ultimately, NCSoft admitted that they failed to connect with players.

 

Paragon

paragon v.40

Epic Games used to be known as the creators of the Unreal Engine. These days they are probably known to everyone above a certain age as “the guys who make Fortnite.” Before the meteoric rise of Fortnite, however, there was Paragon. Paragon failed to take off in the already crowded MOBA market and soon was overshadowed by its battle royale cousin. In possibly the showiest goodbye possible short of giving out the server code, Epic Games gave full refunds to all players and then made $12 million worth of assets and art available for free in the Unreal Engine marketplace.

 

LawBreakers & Radical Heights

LawBreakers made news in that its shut down came not as the company tried different things but as the company ceases to be. Cliff Bleszinski’s Boss Key didn’t achieve the success they had hoped with LawBreakers and looked for options to stave off what was looming ahead of the company. They turned to the battle royale market and brought Radical Heights to the table. They may have had more success if they had broken out as a go-to game but in a genre that was dominated by PUBG and Fortnite, the 80s themed Radical Heights failed to achieve any heights at all. With its last failed attempt, Boss Key is no more.

 

Devilian

This one will have shades of Paragon around it. Trion Worlds, the publisher in the west, had to shutter Devilian as the developer Bluehole Ginno decided to discontinue work on the title. Devilian had its last run in March. How much of that came as a result of Bluehole Ginno becoming the PUBG Corporation and going all in on 2017s rising star is anyone’s guess. As it was the Diablo-like had a reasonable run but ultimately must have failed to grab enough of an audience for a maintenance mode conversion.

 

Various Perfect World Games

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Jagex isn’t the only publisher that had multiple closures this year. Perfect World Entertainment bid adieu to three entries this year, some more venerable than the others. Jade Dynasty, clocking in at a respectable 9 years, and Swordsman Online, itself four years old, was announced for sunset. Unfortunately, they were soon joined by Gigantic, the MOBA developed by Motiga. Poor Gigantic had the looks but sadly not the hooks to keep players in and playing. As the official statement put it, “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic breakthrough in a crowded market.”

 

Breakaway

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Amazon Studios came out swinging when it was announced. A 4v4 mythological sports brawler Breakaway, a survival MMO New World and the development engine Lumberyard. Lumberyard is still going, New World is in alpha but Breakaway… isn’t.

“In spite of our efforts, we didn’t achieve the breakthrough that made the game what we all hoped it could be. After a lot of soul-searching, the team decided to focus on new ideas. As a result, Breakaway is no longer in active development.”

 

Club Penguin Island

Club Penguin Island

The children’s MMO Club Penguin closed in 2017 only to be replaced by Club Penguin Island. Sadly for the dozens of employees at the game’s Kelowna, British Columbia studio, it wasn’t to last with Disney deciding to cut costs and with the title.

 

Linkrealms

Linkrealms Screenshot Beta Lava

Earlier this year Linkrealms players received an email saying the game would shut down. Linkrealms was a game in the style of Ultima Online and despite being f2p on Steam, came to a close in February.

 

Dead and Back Again

Sometimes there is a light at the end of the tunnel for games going dark.

 

Perpetuum Online

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The Robotic forces of Perpetuum Online proved at the start of the year that there is no eternal thing, no perpetual motion and sadly announced a shutdown after several years of service. The death came as a consequence of the financial situation, servers being expensive to run if there aren’t enough people spending money on keeping them going.

Then in a wonderful turn around for this article, Perpetuum came back in the Open Perpetuum Project.  As they happily announced on the Steam Community forums: “The Open Perpetuum Project, a community run server and development initiative, has stepped up to host and develop features for their server for all players to enjoy.”

 

Maintenance Mode

Some games aren’t quite gone yet, but the developers are no longer working on them.

 

The Crew

The Crew

Robbing Peter to pay Paul is an old story. Moving development teams around as necessary is as old as the first computer. Earlier this year Ubisoft moved things around leading to the announcement that there would be no further development on The Crew in favor of The Crew 2 and the move of the first one into maintenance mode.

 

Hand of the Gods

Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics

Hand of the Gods: SMITE Tactics, a turn-based strategy game from Hi-Rez Studios also entered maintenance mode this year. As noted on Twitter by Hi-Rez president Stewart Chisam, “We have been working on and off on a nice bug fix patch to come out sometime soon. But no major content updates on the schedule. Servers will stay up as long as we have enough people wanting to play.”

If there are any of those left, they certainly aren’t haunting the subreddit which is remarkably quiet.

 

Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale

Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale

Created by Define Human Studios, Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale certainly had the look of a very pretty Battle Royale game. Unfortunately this month the axe came down somewhat on the Islands. Unable to financially support development costs, the decision was made by Define Human Studios to convert the game to free to play with the promise that servers will continue to stay up for the foreseeable future. It’s still free to play on Steam if you want to have a look at how the game is progressing without developer support.

 

Fragmented

Fragmented

The developer of Fragmented came out early in 2018 to say that the game was only in maintenance mode.

“Future patches will likely be similar to the last couple patches, focusing on streamlining and bug fixes.” Said Above & Beyond’s J.C. Smith. What began as an attempt to help out the other Above & Beyond game, The Repopulation, sadly failed to deliver salvation.

 

Fractured Space

Fractured Space

Fractured Space from Edge Case games entered maintenance mode this October. The spaceship based MOBA blended shooter combat with strategy and multistage maps to create something new for players to get to grips with. Sadly it wasn’t able to draw in a large number of players and entered maintenance mode. In a surprising turn, a month after the news of the quasi-shutdown, our business column reported on Wargaming picking up the developer Edge Case Games to work on a still-unannounced MMO. World of Spaceships anyone?

 

It’s sad to see so many great titles on this list. Did one of your favorites shut down this year? If so, which game did you move on to? Hopefully 2019 is a little kinder to our hearts.

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MMO Money: Perfect World Bringing Steam to China

In this week’s MMO Money, we’re looking at a few industry revenue numbers relating to Q3 and all of 2018 so far in addition to layoffs, investments, and more. It wouldn’t be an MMO Money column if China and lootboxes weren’t mentioned and there’s some news on both topics this week. The FTC is finally getting involved with lootboxes and it looks like the trouble with the Chinese government may be coming to an end…hopefully.

 

Jam City Lays Off Employees Days After Multiple Acquisitions

Jam City, who is perhaps best known for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has announced that they have had layoffs within the company. This comes just a few days after they announced acquiring Bingo Pop. That came just a couple of weeks after they announced a multi-year contract with Disney in which they acquired Disney’s Glendale Games Studio. In August they also moved into a new studio space.

So with all that good news why did they layoff what one anonymous source called “a large number” of employees? Well, it looks like it is all part of a restructuring plan in which they focus more on the goals of their global business.

In a statement, Jam City said, “Jam City rolled out organizational changes today that altered some teams and staff positions. We are re-allocating resources to support the goals of our global business. This is an extremely difficult decision, and Jam City is making these changes with the utmost respect for every person affected. We are providing exit packages and other types of transition assistance to impacted employees.”

Source: Venture Beat

 

Perfect World Bringing Steam to China


At an esports event in Shanghai, Perfect World signed a contract with Valve that will bring Steam to China. It was signed in the presence of government officials, which is good news with all the recent trouble with foreign games trying to get into China. All new games on Steam China will have to be approved by the Chinese government. This could be a problem since they’ve not approved any foreign games since March. Games that are already in a player’s library may not be forced to be inspected if rumors are to be believed. Might this actually be the beginning of the end of the ongoing story about the Chinese government’s problem with games? We’ll just have to wait and see, but right now things are looking up.

Source: MMOCulture

 

US Game Industry Revenue Up 24% in Third Quarter

Just when you thought there was nothing more to be said about quarterly reports The NPD Group released a report on industry-wide consumer spending that shows revenue is up 24% year on year in the United States. That equates to $9.1 billion being spent on games from July to September. This brings total spending for the year so far up to $28.6 billion, putting the industry well on track to beating last year’s $36 billion total. Q4 2017 accounted for $14.7 billion of that.

Source: Games Industry

 

That all sounds great but a recent opinion article from Superdata’s founder Joost van Dreunen on Gamasutra has a much more bleak outlook on the future of the gaming industry. Here’s just a small taste of what he says. “Specifically, interactive entertainment revenue will soon start to flatline and, possibly, decline. … First, several of the biggest growth drivers have started to slow. Mobile gaming is showing saturation across different markets, including in China.”

I highly recommend reading the entire article on Gamasutra as it has a whole lot more to it that we can’t cover in a business roundup.

 

Niantic Invests in Holographic AR Display Company


Pokemon Go’s creator Niantic is one of several companies who have invested in DigiLens, who develop AR technology. This is the first time Niantic has invested in a company rather than taking it over. In just over a year Niantic has acquired four different companies: Evertoon, Escher Reality, Matrix Mill, and Seismic Games. Talking about DigiLens Niantic CEO John Hanke said, “DigiLens is on an amazing path, in collaboration with MCHC, to bring more affordable and accessible hardware experiences to players around the world, making it possible for characters and game play to be seamlessly woven into the real world, supported by compelling safe and lightweight plastic AR displays.”

Source: Games Industry

 

International Mobile Revenue for Tencent and NetEase Rose 382% in 2018

huge disappointment for Tencent
Despite the freeze on new game licenses in China international mobile revenue for Tencent and NetEase rose 382% year on year for the two publishers. Combined revenue for the two outside of China amounted to $376 million, a massive jump from last year’s $78 million. Netease made up 72% of that growth, which may be a bit of a surprise given that Tencent has games like PUBG Mobile. However, PUBG Mobile actually only made up 2% of Tencent’s mobile game business.

Source: Games Industry

 

Lootboxes: The Saga Continues


The Australian Environment and Communications Reference Committee has issued a 90-page report on lootboxes. The investigation lasted for 5 months and concluded that the issue is complicated. They go on to suggest that assessment should be performed on a case by case basis. They do acknowledge that when there is real money involved lootboxes may meet the definition of gambling. “However, there was broad consensus that where real-world currency is exchanged… loot boxes may most closely meet the definitions of gambling (both regulatory and psychological), and therefore a range of risks to players may exist.”

Meanwhile, in the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have said they will investigate lootboxes. Joseph Simons, Chairman of the FTC said that the agency is concerned about manipulative in-app marketing and would likely look into various allegations against Google and others related to kids content.

Source: Broadcasting Cable

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Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery Ship & Starter Pack Giveaway (Round 5)

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG set in the famous Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation, Klingon, or Romulan ship. Embark on adventures throughout the Star Trek universe, and go where no one has gone before! The most recent update for Star Trek Online, Age of Discovery, has gone live, and to help players hit the ground running, MMOGames and Perfect World Entertainment have teamed up for a very special giveaway. Enter now for a chance to win a key from the Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery Ship & Starter Pack Giveaway, and get a starter pack full of helpful items, including a Walker-Class Prototype Exploration Light Cruiser!

Note: These codes are only eligible for the PC version of Star Trek Online and can only be redeemed by a Discovery Federation Captain on a single account.

Star Trek Online Age of Discovery Ship & Starter Pack Giveaway

 

What You Get From The Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery Ship & Starter Pack Giveaway

  • Walker-class Prototype Light Exploration Cruiser
  • 12 Additional Inventory Slots
  • 1x Large (150,000) Experience Bonus Pool
  • Discovery-era Phaser Sniper Rifle
  • Discovery-era Phaser Stun Bolt Pistol
  • Tardigrade Vanity Pet

 

 

How To Redeem Your Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery Ship & Starter Pack Giveaway

  1. These codes are only eligible for the PC version of Star Trek Online and can only be redeemed by a Discovery Federation Captain on a single account
  2. Install and launch the Arc client if you haven’t already done so.
  3. Select the gear logo at the top right of the client.
  4. Select “Activate a Product” and enter the item code.
  5. Enter the game and visit the C-Store.
  6. Rewards can be found on the “Promotions” tab.

 

Enter Via Gleam

Sign in with a selection of options within the Gleam widgets at the end of this post and complete one or more entries to enter. You can select all of them or just one, it’s entirely up to you, though the more you choose, the more chances you have to win! This round of the giveaway will end on Monday, November 12, 2018.

 

Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery Ship & Starter Pack Giveaway (Round 5)

 

The Winners From The Previous Round Are Shown Below

 

Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery Ship & Starter Pack Giveaway (Round 4)

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Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – PS4 (NA Only)

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG set in the famous Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, a Klingon Warlord, or even as a member of the Romulan Republic. Embark on adventures throughout the Star Trek universe, and go where no one has gone before. Star Trek Online’s 4th major expansion, Victory is Life, has just arrived on consoles! To celebrate, Perfect World Entertainment and MMOGames have teamed up for a special giveaway. Enter the Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – PS4 (NA Only) now for your chance at a key that unlocks photonic Leeta tactical Bridge Officer for your PlayStation 4 Star Trek Online account!

NOTE: Keys from this giveaway are only valid for the PlayStation 4 version of Star Trek Online in North America. They will NOT work on other platforms or in other regions.

Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway - PS4

 

What You Get From The Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – PS4 (NA Only)

  • NOTE: Keys from this giveaway are only valid for the PlayStation 4 version of Star Trek Online in North America. They will NOT work on other platforms or in other regions.
  • Photonic Leeta tactical Bridge Officer. Choose from Dabo outfit Leeta or Mirror Admiral uniform Leeta. The Holo Leeta bridge officer can be commissioned by Starfleet or Klingon captains – and can be commissioned by Romulan captains after they choose an ally faction at level 10. For this particular Bridge Officer, no additional customization options are enabled.

 

How To Redeem Your Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – PS4 (NA Only) Key

  1. NOTE: Keys from this giveaway are only valid for the PlayStation 4 version of Star Trek Online in North America. They will NOT work on other platforms or in other regions.
  2. Open a Sony Network Entertainment account on PSN (or use your existing Sony Entertainment Network account).
  3. Select the PlayStation®Store icon on the PS4™ system home screen.
  4. On PlayStation®Store, select ‘Redeem Codes’ at the bottom of the menu.
  5. Enter the code.
  6. Once the code has been entered correctly, select ‘Continue’ on the dialog box.
  7. Select ‘Continue’ to complete code redemption.
  8. Launch Star Trek Online and visit the C-Store in-game.
  9. The Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer can be claimed in the “Promotions” tab.
  10. A notification will pop up, letting you know that you have five minutes to claim the item. At this time, please choose between Dabo Leeta and Mirror Leeta.
  11. Please note that you will only be able to utilize one Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer at a time. If you wish to deploy a different Leeta Bridge Officer, you must delete this Leeta from your inventory to commission a new one.
  12. Players must log into Star Trek Online with a Federation or Klingon character that has completed the tutorial and claim the Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer. Romulan characters may also claim her after choosing an ally faction at level 10.

 

Enter Via Gleam

NOTE: Keys from this giveaway are only valid for the PlayStation 4 version of Star Trek Online in North America. They will NOT work on other platforms or in other regions.

Sign in with a selection of options within the Gleam widget below and complete one or more entries to enter our giveaway. You can select all of them or just one, it’s entirely up to you, though the more you choose, the more chances you have to win! This giveaway will end on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 08:00 GMT. This round of the giveaway is for 10 keys.

We will be in touch by email with the winners once the contest comes to an end.  If you have any issues, please contact us.

 

Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – PS4 (NA Only)

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Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – XBox One (NA Only)

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play sci-fi MMORPG set in the famous Star Trek universe created by Gene Roddenberry. In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, a Klingon Warlord, or even as a member of the Romulan Republic. Embark on adventures throughout the Star Trek universe, and go where no one has gone before. Star Trek Online’s 4th major expansion, Victory is Life, has just arrived on consoles! To celebrate, Perfect World Entertainment and MMOGames have teamed up for a special giveaway. Enter the Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – XBox One now for your chance at a key that unlocks photonic Leeta tactical Bridge Officer for your Xbox One Star Trek Online account!

NOTE: Keys from this giveaway are only valid for the Xbox One version of Star Trek Online in North America. They will NOT work on other platforms or in other regions.

Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway - XBox One

 

What You Get From The Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – XBox One

  • NOTE: Keys from this giveaway are only valid for the Xbox One version of Star Trek Online in North America. They will NOT work on other platforms or in other regions.
  • Photonic Leeta tactical Bridge Officer. Choose from Dabo outfit Leeta or Mirror Admiral uniform Leeta. The Holo Leeta bridge officer can be commissioned by Starfleet or Klingon captains – and can be commissioned by Romulan captains after they choose an ally faction at level 10. For this particular Bridge Officer, no additional customization options are enabled.

 

How To Redeem Your Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – XBox One Key

  1. NOTE: Keys from this giveaway are only valid for the Xbox One version of Star Trek Online in North America. They will NOT work on other platforms or in other regions.
  2. Install Star Trek Online from the Xbox One marketplace if you do not already have it installed.
  3. Upon launching Star Trek Online, you’ll have the option to link your gamertag with an Arc account. This will open the Internet browser on your Xbox One and you can complete the account linking process there. If you skip it now, you’ll have another opportunity later.
  4. Once you’re in Star Trek Online, select the Arc option.
  5. Install Arc. (You can also search for Arc in the Xbox One Marketplace)
  6. Launch Arc and hit the X button.
  7. Enter your code in the field and select “Redeem.”
  8. Visit the C-Store in-game. The Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer can be found on the “Promotions” tab.
  9. A notification will pop up, letting you know that you have five minutes to claim the item. At this time, please choose between Dabo Leeta and Mirror Leeta.
  10. Please note that you will only be able to utilize one Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer at a time. If you wish to deploy a different Leeta Bridge Officer, you must delete this Leeta from your inventory to commission a new one.
  11. Players must log into Star Trek Online with a Federation or Klingon character that has completed the tutorial and claim the Leeta Tactical Bridge Officer. Romulan characters may also claim her after choosing an ally faction at level 10.

 

Enter Via Gleam

NOTE: Keys from this giveaway are only valid for the Xbox One version of Star Trek Online in North America. They will NOT work on other platforms or in other regions.

Sign in with a selection of options within the Gleam widget below and complete one or more entries to enter our giveaway. You can select all of them or just one, it’s entirely up to you, though the more you choose, the more chances you have to win! This giveaway will end on Monday, August 6, 2018, at 08:00 GMT. This round of the giveaway is for 10 keys.

We will be in touch by email with the winners once the contest comes to an end.  If you have any issues, please contact us.

 

Star Trek Online Bridge Officer Leeta Giveaway – XBox One (NA Only)

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