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Massively Speaking Podcast Episode 50

Massively Speaking Episode 50 returns this week with Michael Zenke taking on the esteemed co-hosting position. Michael returns just for this week to chat with Shawn about all of the week's MMO news including WAR's patch 1.21, CoH's vast player-created content, Shadowbane's closing, the Free Realms...

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The9 is out, NetEase is in for Chinese World of Warcraft operator

Yesterday, we reported the rumor that it looked like Chinese World of Warcraft operator The9 might be losing the licensing rights to a competitor, and today we can confirm that rumor to be 100% true. Rival company NetEase has purchased the rights to operate World of Warcraft in China, starting...

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Chinese online games market saw 63% growth in 2008

Business is booming for online game operators in China. The market grew by 63% in 2008 according to analyst group Pearl Research. They also predict that online gaming in China will be a $5.5 billion market by 2012, as reported by Gamasutra's David Jenkins. In a country where broadband speeds are...

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Rumor: China's The9 may lose licensing rights to World of Warcraft

The9 is the licensed operator for World of Warcraft in China, the most popular Western MMO running in Asia. However, The9 is facing new censorship and regulatory issues which have thus far prevented the Wrath of the Lich King expansion from launching in China. These restrictions imposed upon online...

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Blizzard downplays Wrath's issues in China

As we've reported on earlier, Wrath of the Lich King isn't heading towards a speedy approval for Chinese audiences, leading to problems for The9 if they can't get Wrath approved by the government. However, unlike The9, Blizzard is downplaying the issues Wrath may be facing. Blizzard has told...

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China to impose more restrictions on foreign online games

We've mentioned some of the issues that China's licensed World of Warcraft operator The9 faces with bringing Wrath of the Lich King to market, and what this latest round of regulation could mean for the the operator. The government's newfound concern with controlling exactly what content exists in...

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Chinese online game market operating in loss

When many of us think about MMOs, we think about companies who rake more money than we could dream about. Enough money to put together a scale model of Paris made out of 20 dollar bills. Yet the truth is that many of these companies are operating in loss, as a recent article published in the...

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China's The9 faces bankruptcy if Wrath expansion not approved by government

We reported the other day on the issues that The9 is having with getting the Wrath of the Lich King expansion released in China. The government is unwilling to approve the World of Warcraft expansion, citing 'health' and decency concerns about the game's content. The9 is the licensed operator of...

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Wrath of the Lich King rejected thus far by Chinese government

Continuing on in that upward ascension toward MMO godhood, Blizzard's Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft has proven to be popular with the Death Knight crowd in Western markets. "Popular" is an understatement, of course. Millions of MMO gamers have bought the expansion to date....

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Shall we play a game?

When you think of a rapidly developing Asian nation, fast becoming a global superpower and now harnessing the potential of supercomputing, what's the first purpose for this supercomputer that comes to mind? Hint: think video games, not war games. Regardless of your first thought, we're betting you...

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