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World of Warcraft offers double XP to stay inside during coronavirus

For the next month, everyone playing World of Warcraft gains XP at double the rate.The 100% XP buff (called the “Winds of Wisdom”) runs until April 20, and is available to all players, whether they’re free-to-play Starter Edition subscribers or Legion Edition players. Blizzard Entertainment is billing it as a perk for MMO fans who want to stay inside and help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Valve is rebooting Artifact, according to Gabe Newell

Artifact was an unmitigated disaster. Valve’s attempt at joining the card game genre didn’t take off the way the developer had hoped, but that doesn’t mean it’s giving up quite yet. In a recent interview with Edge Magazine, Valve co-founder and CEO Gabe Newell said that the company is working on a massive update for the Dota 2 collectible card game.

Lord of the Rings Online, D&D Online DLC is free for everyone stuck at home right now

Developer Standing Stone Games has announced that all the content, including DLC, for Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online will be free to all players until April 30. Along with the free content, Standing Stone will also be hosting extra events in both games.

Weekly Friday Night Magic events go online amid coronavirus pandemic

Communities around the world are practicing social distancing, or, in some cases, are being ordered to shelter-in-place — all in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. In response, Wizards of the Coast is adding Friday Night Magic events — often a weekly ritual for Magic: The Gathering players — to Magic: The Gathering Arena, its new digital version of the game. It’s an effort to help players stay connected to their community and to local game stores. Wizards of the Coast announced its Friday Night Magic at Home program on Friday.

Magic: The Gathering Arena adds more content for fans stuck at home during the outbreak

Magic: The Gathering Arena, the digital version of the original collectible card game, is adding more live events for players stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made on Wednesday through the game’s official forums, and the rollout of new services began Thursday morning.

Free games to pass the time if you’re staying inside

As millions of people worldwide stay inside and away from others, in an effort to “flatten the curve” of new cases of COVID-19, several online entertainment services and portals have made content free to users to help them enjoy life indoors for a while.

Epic Games Store’s free games next week: Figment and Torment X Punisher

Next week’s free games from the Epic Games Store are Figment and Tormentor X Punisher, which are available March 26 to April 2.

GTFO, the co-op shooter inspired by Left 4 Dead, is getting all-new levels

I got my first taste of co-op first-person shooter GTFO in a four-person match with developers 10 Chambers late last year. By March 31, everything that we played — and that GTFO early access players have been playing with since December — will be gone, replaced by new maps, some new weapons and enemies, and new puzzles to solve. All of it will be free.