Lydia Leong

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Excerpt: Credit cards and EA/Mythic’s epic billing mistake

by Lydia Leong  |  April 11, 2010  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. How many merchants that you don’t do business with any longer, but used to have recurring billing permission on your credit card, still have your credit card on file? As online commerce and micropayments proliferate, how many more merchants will store that data? (Or will PayPal, Apple’s storefronts, […]

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Excerpt: The costs of user-generated content

by Lydia Leong  |  May 5, 2009  |  Comments Off

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. (This is shortened, more than excerpted; see the original to get a full context.) Lack of clear guidelines around user-generated content, coupled with poor customer communications, is a dangerous combination, and it’s one that people across many industries can learn from. One of NCsoft’s (SEO:036570) veteran properties, five-year-old […]

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Excerpt: Zork meets browser-based games

by Lydia Leong  |  January 17, 2009  |  1 Comment

Excerpt: Click here to read the original. The market for browser-based massively-multiplayer games supports a cottage industry of small companies with a handful of developers, backed by an artist or two, who crank out a reasonably nice living for themselves without ever competing with the big-time.

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Trion World gets a $70m C round

by Lydia Leong  |  September 24, 2008  |  Comments Off

MMOG developer and publisher Trion World Network just closed a $70 million Series C round, which brings its total raised since its inception in 2006 to over $100 million. This might seem like a staggering amount of money for a company with two games in development but none published yet. It’s trading on the name […]

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Who hosts Warhammer Online?

by Lydia Leong  |  September 23, 2008  |  Comments Off

With the recent launch of EA/Mythic‘s Warhammer Online MMORPG, comes my usual curiosity about who’s providing the infrastructure. Mythic has stated publicly that all of the US game servers are located in Virginia, near Mythic’s offices. A couple of traceroutes seem to indicate that they’re in Verizon, almost certainly in colocation (managed hosting is rare […]

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