Reporting on Activision-Blizzard’s endless piles of money is about as much fun as reporting on how fifty-bajillion-zillion people are playing fork knife. No, I said that wrong; it’s about as much fun as taking a fork and a knife to my own eyeballs. But hey, it’s tradition, so here goes: Bobby Kotick and the gang have announced new records, measured in said piles of money; the company acknowledges it was a quarter “without large content releases” that nevertheless produced enough piles of money to surpass its own guidance, leading it to raise its outlook for more piles of money for the year. “For the quarter ended March 31, 2018, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues presented in accordance with GAAP were a Q1 record $1.97 billion, as compared with $1.73 billion for the first quarter of 2017. GAAP net revenues from digital channels were an all-time quarterly record $1.46 billion. GAAP operating margin was 30%. GAAP earnings per share were an … [Read more...] about ActiBlizz Q1 2018 financial report: WoW is actually outperforming expectations – time for a fourth yacht or no?
Knife and fork or chopsticks
Pour boiling tungsten on her car: According to Wikipedia, tungsten has a melting point of 6192 °F. That is very hot, and probably will be difficult to contain in any sort of container. Its boiling point is even hotter, at 10706 °F. Still, if you can pour a vat of boiling tungsten onto her car, aside from causing massive damage to the surrounding environment, she’ll be suitably impressed. Get a doctorate in alligators from the University of Pennsylvania: This was such a popular method in the 1960s that the slang term “gator girl” was created for women considered desirable enough to justify an eight-year course of study. Fit a tennis ball in your mouth and then successfully whistle a Broadway song: Tennis balls must be of regulation size, but the Broadway song may be of any show, including those still running. More advanced artists may prefer selections from the musical Hamilton, which has produced a small pamphlet offering guidance on whistling and … [Read more...] about WRUP: The four ways to impress a girl edition
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! There are hardly any proper MMORPGs that haven’t already seen at least one major business model shift over the years, and this week Star Trek Online announced its second: It’s going even more free-to-play, or maybe more buy-to-play, depending on how you look at it, as it’s trading its optional subscription away for an optional flat-fee buy-in. Meanwhile, we’re looking ahead to Guild Wars 2’s underwater update, watching players quibble over Elder Scrolls Online’s and Star Citizen’s business models, debating the state of modern MMO raiding, genuinely enjoying SWTOR’s latest update, being surprised that WoW’s doing so well, and mourning the impending loss of two PWE MMORPGs. Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions. THIS … [Read more...] about MMO Week in Review: Star Trek Online is going free-to-play, again (May 6, 2018)
Whenever our newsroom gets overloaded with weird industry-related articles that nobody feels like writing, another edition of the MMO Business Roundup gets its wings! FIFA lockboxes Remember how Belgium was investigating EA’s apparent refusal to cooperate with its gambling laws in regard to the FIFA franchise? It looks as if EA blinked first. In September, it announced that it will “begin displaying pack probabilities” – in effect, copying the “transparent lockbox” trend so people know what they’re getting. (via Gamasutra) Anti-swatting One of the most heart-breaking online gaming stories we’ve covered this year was about the Kansas man who was shot and killed by police after an e-thug sent police to his home with a false claim in an attempt to terrorize a totally different person. The murder amplified existing calls for police across the country to be smarter about swatting attempts, and now, Seattle PD has implemented a system that … [Read more...] about MMO Business Roundup: FIFA lockboxes, anti-swatting policy, Fortnite on SNL, Free Guy, UO postmortem