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Turbine hires Ken Rolston as new director of design, makes other staffing additions

Ken Rolston of Morrowind, Oblivion and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning fame is now the director of design at Turbine, the company announced this morning. Rolston's responsibilities will include leading "the vision and the implementation of all aspects of game design for Turbine." Rolston is joined by...

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Treehouse Avatar Technologies sues Turbine over a patent granted in May

A company named Treehouse Avatar Technologies was granted United States Patent No. 8,180,858 in May of this year, which covers a "Method And System For Presenting Data Over A Network Based On Network User Choices And Collecting Real-Time Data Related To Said Choices," according to the patent's...

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Mass. Lt. Gov. wants game tax credits tied to job creation

Massachusetts is the fifth largest state for game industry employment in spite of better developer incentives in other states. Nearly 1,300 industry jobs exist in the Commonwealth, but a recent profile of Irrational Games by The Improper Bostonian covers how the state's grip on gaming could slip if...

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Turbine brings Lost Legends of Eriador content update to Lord of the Rings Online

Turbine has launched update No. 3 for Lord of the Rings Online, which adds the Lost Legends of Eriador to the free-to-play MMO. Along with new items available in the game's store, there are two new three-player instances to play through, including the Halls of Night, where an ancient Barrow-wight...

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Turbine to take control of Lord of the Rings Online from Codemasters in Europe

Starting June 1, Turbine will relieve Codemasters Online of all duties pertaining to Lord of the Rings Online in Europe. At that time, Turbine will merge its US and EU branches into one "mega-service" called LOTRO Global Service. Turbine expects there to be a bit of downtime for the game during...

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Turbine: Lord of the Rings Online monthly revenue has tripled thanks to freemium

It may sound counterintuitive, but it seems that going free is a great way to make money. On the Ten Ton Hammer podcast, Turbine's Adam Mersky announced that monthly revenue has tripled for Lord of the Rings Online since the game went free-to-play in September -- "which is obviously making us very...

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Lord of the Rings Online doubles revenue since going free-to-play

Lord of the Rings Online Executive Producer Kate Paiz announced during a panel at GDC Online 2010 today that Turbine has done it again: Lord of the Rings Online has doubled its revenue and created over a million new accounts since going free-to-play early last month. That's the second MMO Turbine...

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Warner Bros. appoints Greg Ballard senior VP of 'Digital Games'

Warner Bros. has tapped former Glu Mobile president and CEO Greg Ballard to serve as its senior vice president of Digital Games. He will serve under Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, reporting to both division presidents. Ballard will be in charge of...

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PSA: Lord of the Rings Online now free to play

Following in the footsteps of its fantasy MMO predecessor Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited, developer Turbine Entertainment has flipped the free-to-play switch for its Tolkien-based RPG, Lord of the Rings Online. Potential players can download the client from the game's official site...

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Dungeons and Dragons Online also going free-to-play in Europe

Turbine has announced that the free-to-play version of its die-casting MMO, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited, will launch in Europe on August 20. Turbine will take the reins from Codemasters Online for its European operations, and explained to Eurogamer that the two parties are...

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