GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

Having trouble with the Guild Wars 2 beta? Here are some tips

The biggest Guild Wars 2 beta weekend event ever is currently underway, with “hundreds of thousands” of players all making a mad dash for the beta servers at the same time. Naturally, quite a few of those people have had trouble accessing the game, and if you’re one of them, here are some helpful tips that may solve your issue.

Guild Wars 2 challenges MMO establishment with hybrid business model (preview)

The massively multiplayer online (MMO) games business is about to get even more competitive. Market leader World of Warcraft (WoW) dodged a bullet when the launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) put only a minor dent into its customer base, which still sits at an imposing 10.2M. But the next challenger is already on its way in the shape of NCsoft’s Guild Wars 2, due for release later this year.

Free-to-play games catching MMO subscribers’ attention (and wallets)

The successful launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic notwithstanding, the business model of mandatory subscriptions for massively multiplayer online (MMO) games seems to be on its way out. A new user survey by online core gamer network Curse indicates that free-to-play games and microtransaction purchases are gaining ground even among subscribers of MMO market leader World of Warcraft.

ArenaNet confirms 2012 launch for Guild Wars 2, gives beta details

Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese Zodiac and, to celebrate, video game developer ArenaNet has confirmed that its highly-anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game Guild Wars 2 will launch sometime this year. It will be a big test in launching a huge online game without monthly subscription fees.