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Investment firm buys Sony’s online gaming division

Columbus Nova is expanding its footprint in the video game business. The New York-based investment firm has purchased Sony Online Entertainment, which is responsible for massively multiplayer online games like “EverQuest,” “PlanetSide” and… Continue reading

Why EverQuest house SOE went all-in with free-to-play games

SOE isn’t as high profile as in its EverQuest heyday, but it’s settled in as one of the biggest players in free-to-play triple-A games. President John Smedley discusses why he thinks SOE’s headed… Continue reading

The dark side of free-to-play gaming

On the surface, you can’t beat free-to-play games. After all, having access to titles people used to pay $15 a month for without ever having to open your wallet? It sounds too good… Continue reading

EverQuest going free-to-play

The game that made MMO games a viable force in the industry is going free-to-play. EverQuest will drop its mandatory monthly pricing strategy in March, as the game hits its impressive 13th birthday —… Continue reading

5 online games worth paying for

With the number of quality free-to-play online games growing almost daily, dropping $10-$15 per month in subscription fees is getting harder and harder to justify. Walking away from a free online game, after all, is… Continue reading

Interview: SOE’s Smedley On The Company’s Future

Gamasutra editor at large Chris Morris talks to Sony Online Entertainment’s John Smedley about the next generation of EverQuest, NGP development and why “You can bet our future is more console-based than it is… Continue reading

Sony Online Entertainment issues pink slips

With costs rising and competition increasing, Sony has laid off one-third of its Sony Online Entertainment division. 205 of the roughly 700 SOE employees received pink slips Thursday as the company shut down… Continue reading

Sony, THQ cut their workforces

Sony Online Entertainment and THQ are both handing out pink slips this week. SOE was hit hard by a devastating round of downsizing that resulted in one-third of the workforce being laid off… Continue reading

Sony Online Entertainment Cuts More Than 200 Workers

Sony Online Entertainment, the one-time leader in the online gaming space, has been scaled back significantly. The company has closed three development studios and laid off 205 of its roughly 700 employees amid growing… Continue reading