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Money, Money!

Posted in MMORPG with tags on 28 October, 2008 by Leo

I was browsing around the web, nothing particular just a few random sites and I stumbled upon a blog’s article speaking about Wow. The guy over at Serial Ganker who wrote the article, which by the way I recommand reading, was saying how he is disgusted by Blizzard because they don’t care about the players anymore and how they just want to milk the cow as much as possible.

And then something struck me.

  • World of Warcraft subscription per month
    • 12.99€ / 13.99$
    • Asian fee is approximatively 0.04$/hour no monthly fee exists
  • Number of World of Warcraft subscribers
    • 10’000’000 in the World
      • 5’500’000 in Asia
      • 2’500’000 in Northern America
      • 2’000’000 in Europe
  • Revenue per month
    • 25’980’000€ / 34’975’000$
  • Revenue per year
    • 311’760’000€ / 419’700’000$
  • Total Revenue
    • 641’896’020€ / 816’038’673$

Of course all of these numbers are approximates that I found on the Internet™. I did not take into account the Asian community as well, which is half the World of Warcraft subscribers, because they do not have a monthly fee but rather a hourly fee which is harder to calculate and I’m tired! The money earned by selling the actual game was discarded, this is only about the fees.

The monthly fee I used is the one announced on the official website but I did not take into account that you pay less if you subscribe for 3 months at once for example.

There is also another thing that must be taken into account, the upkeep of all the servers, building and of course the salaries.

Still Blizzard receives each month A LOT of money, Mythic does too of course, approximately 9’742’500€ / 11’242’500$ per month in comparison, but since not everyone is paying already they did not get much money at the moment.

I never really thought about that and now I clearly see that this business involves a lot of money.

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30 years ago…

Posted in MMORPG with tags , on 22 October, 2008 by Leo

Thirty years ago some geeks decided to create a “Multi User Dungeon” to have fun in, MUD were born. That type of game was the starting point of MMORPG, which was introduced by Richard Gariott, the creator of the infamous “Ultima Online” on which I spent way too many hours, slashing trolls, PKing and generally having fun. This for me started my MMO career back in 1997 when I was a wee lad. By the way Richard Gariott decided he had too much money so he traveled to space!

From Wikipedia:

In 1978 Roy Trubshaw, a student at Essex University in the UK, started working on a multi-user adventure game in the MACRO-10 assembly language for a DEC PDP-10. He named the game MUD (Multi-User Dungeon)

These guys were the first that created virtual worlds and without them MMO would not be the same!

Happy Birthday MUD!

Warhammer Age of The Old Republic

Posted in MMORPG with tags , , , on 22 October, 2008 by Leo

As many of you already heard Bioware & LucasArts teamed up to make the next Star Wars MMO. The game will be called “Star Wars : The Old Republic” and it will take place more than 3’500 years before the rise of Darth Vader and approximately 300 years after the “Knight of the Old Republic“. There’s not much information at the moment but you can go check their website and register for the newsletter here.

I hope they will be successful because working on an MMO is a tough job and they are only at the beginning of its development plus Bioware has not really any experience in this kind of games. Still they are an awesome company who made really great games. Just to name a few : Baldur’s Gate I & II, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars : Knight of the Old Republic, Mass Effect and they are working on Dragon Origins at the moment which is a solo RPG that looks promising.

I’ll be definitely keeping an eye on this one, the Star Wars universe is really interesting and Galaxies was not that successful so maybe this game will be able to feed fans of the genre who are suffering from hunger.