Massively and WoW Insider to Relaunch with Crowdsourcing Campaigns

After reporting Massively and WoW Insider would be closing their doors, word has emerged that both sites will be relaunching as independent outlets backed by funds garnered from crowdfunding campaigns. The news bodes well for both sites, previously the unfortunate casualties of AOL downsizing its videogame news division. Meanwhile Joystiq, another former AOL gaming site, will merge with Engadget along the Apple-based news blog TUAW.


Former Editor-in-chief Alex Ziebart led up to the announcement on February 2nd via Twitter. Upon introducing the new site — Blizzard Watch — and its Patreon page, the team reached their first milestone goal before recording their feature podcast The Queue. The Paetron fundraising effort has been a massive success, raising a budget of over $12,000 a month.


In a near-identical maneuver, the MMO-centric Massively’s former Editor-in-chief N. Brianna “Bree” Royce announced a Kickstarter Campaign following a tweet on the team’s new flagship Massively Overpowered. With the name change comes a new-found independence for Massively, noted on their Kickstarter page: “As our own masters, we can ensure that we have exactly the site we want, exactly the sponsors we want, and exactly the content we want.” Massively also promises on their Kickstarter page to maintain journalistic standards, financial transparency, and a commitment to excellence and fans. As of writing, Massively has raised over $15,000 dollars of their $50,000 goal.

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My name is Nicole Seraphita and I’m 27. I’ve been gaming since the days of the NES and have owned at least one system from each generation since then. My favorite type of games if most definitely RPGs, with my favorites being titles like Chrono Cross, Persona 4, and Tales of Xillia, though I also sometimes dabble in platforming games, fighting games, and visual novels. When I’m not writing for APGNation or playing games, I enjoy table top and card games, watch anime, and write fiction that I occasionally publish online. I tend to write a lot of Sci-fi and the occasional bit of fantasy, with the often overlooked sub-genre of Biopunk being my favorite. I’ve also written a few visual novels, though only one of them has made it all the way to completion thus far. My current dream is to be able to bring the Monster Girl genre to a western audience.

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