The site right now is just a placeholder. The team has turned to Kickstarter for funding.
I thought I’d be a good virtual citizen and help promote these struggling journalists… but after just one day, they’ve already got $40,000 of their $50,000 goal. I think I heard mention of some stretch goals, but I’m not 100% sure. I think it’s safe to say they’ll meet their minimum goal without much more help.
Nonetheless, it’s there if you want to contribute. Personally I’d encourage doing so — Massively is a valuable resource for the MMO community, and it deserves to continue.
I do understand people are wary of Kickstarter, and rightfully so. I myself have some concerns that MassivelyOP may not survive in the long term even if they do reach their funding goal… but I hope it does. It’s been a valuable resource to MMO fans for a long time, and I’d hope it can continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
In other news, WoW Insider has also been reborn as Blizzard Watch, relying on Patreon support for funding. It’s already up and running, albeit at a slightly reduced capacity.
I’m hoping the change in name might also signal a slight change of direction. Much as I like WoW, I enjoy all the other Blizzard titles at least as much, and it’d be really nice to have a sort of one-stop shop for Blizzard news.