Can WoW Be Free Now?

17 09 2008

I found THIS ARTICLE to be interesting indeed.  The juicy part of this article is that Blizzard announced that over the last five years it has only cost them $200 million in upkeep.  Now at first glance this looks like a lot, but let’s put things into perspective.  5 years is 60 months.  World of Warcraft currently has something like 10 million subscribers (I think it’s actually about 12 mil now) paying about $15 a month.  (They can pay $1 or $2 less if they pay for multiple months at a time)

So this is about $150 million they are making a month.  150*60=9000.  So they’ve made $9 billion dollars from monthly fees alone.  So in other words, only about 1% goes to upkeep.  Interesting.

Update: Let’s look at something else, shall we?  How many subscribers, paying $15 a month, would they need to break even after five years?  Well, $200 million divided by the 60 months is about $3, 333, 333.33.  Not divide this by $15 (for the monthly fee), and you get 222,222.22 which would round to 222,223 subscribers.  They currently have more than 10 million.  I’d say they did Ok.

Now let’s look at one final thing.  What if they took a method like Guild Wars did and only charged for the main game and expansions.  Well, $50*$10 million gives you $500 million.  Then you can pretty much double that considering the Burning Crusade expansion pack.  Again, looks like they would be Ok.  Hmmm…it does seem like the subscription model isn’t necessary.

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Sentry is Up!

13 07 2008

So some genius created a paint ball firing sentry gun. Sweet! Head over to KOTAKU to check it out.





Yet Another Star Wars Character in Soulcalibur

7 06 2008

Well, it looks like the main character from The Force Unleashed is now joining Yoda and Darth Vader as yet another Star Wars character in Soulcalibur 4. I believe it is still true that the 360 version will get Yoda and the PS3 will get Vader. Will this “secret apprentice” be offered to both consoles then? Or will they make us pay extra from Xbox LIVE to unlock him? While this Soulcaliber game looks cool, I think this new addition should have been left out and saved for The Force Unleashed. Surely they don’t need to have Star Wars characters to be successful? Or do they? There has already been tons of advertisements for The Force Unleashed and something tells me within a week before it comes out, everyone on the planet will have heard of it.

Anyway, you can check out more images and a trailer of the game HERE.