SOE is not the only company in the MMO ecosystem world that has undergone a radical transformation over the last two weeks. Massively, the AOL/Joystiq-owned news site that covered all manner of MMORPG news and commentary was unceremoniously shut down despite being highly profitable and having an enthusiastic audience.
Through hard work, planning, and a lot of behind-the-scenes discussion, the Massively folks have performed a phoenix-like rebirth of the site on Kickstarter as newly independent Massively Overpowered. In just 48 hours, they met their $50,000 goal and that amount is still climbing. For independent, non-sponsored, well-written analysis of games in the MMOspace without a bazillion popup ads, there’s really no other site that comes close. Thankfully, a quick look at their roster of writers reveals that they were able to bring over virtually all the staff from the old site.
Amusingly, AOL had so little interest in Massively that they didn’t bother to change the Twitter accounts, making it possible to point the site’s existing readers in the direction of the resurrected site, rather than potentially losing a large chunk of the audience.
After the jump, MJ Guthrie brings back her Tattered Notebook column under a new name and gives her first impressions of the devastating news from Daybreak Games…
Massively Overpowered‘s MJ Guthrie has posted her first new EverQuesting article nee Tattered Notebook, reflecting upon the news of the Daybreak Games changeover, the mass layoffs, the cancellation of SOE Live, and the prospect of a fan-run Fan Faire event in Las Vegas (Facebook page).
Continue to Everquesting: Daybreak, SOE Live, and the Resurrection of Fan Faire at Massively Overpowered
And don’t forget their Kickstarter if you like their covering of MMORPGs!
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