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  SBFord

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OP  1/20/14 5:57:20 AM#1

According to a new report at SuperDataResearch.com, microtransactions are a hugely lucrative enterprise topped by Crossfire Online that generated nearly a billion dollars in revenue last year. The top ten MMOs (MMOFPS/MMORPG/MOBA) brought in substantial amounts of money, including World of Warcraft that generated in $213 million in microtransactions alone in addition to its subscription revenue.

The US digital games market grew 11% in 2013, reaching $11,766 million in sales across all segments, up from $10,582 million a year earlier. With both Christmas and New Year’s taking place mid-week, the digital games sector benefitted across the board, allowing it to reach $1.2 billion in aggregate sales in December, up from $862 million last year (+36%).

Read more about the data breakdown at the link above.

 

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  DamonVile

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1/20/14 6:01:42 AM#2
top 10 games not just mmos.
  SBFord

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OP  1/20/14 6:05:17 AM#3
Originally posted by DamonVile
top 10 games not just mmos.

Of course, the argument can be made, at least on a certain level, that most of these are MMOs in a very broad sense. ;)

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  Hulluck

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1/20/14 6:08:09 AM#4

Would be neat to see a item category breakdown. Like social items, weapons / enhancements for weapons gear, lottery type items (loot boxes / keys), mounts.  Just a good all around breakdown of item types.    Never even heard of Crossfire. Just looking at the site, it really made that much?. Yikes!

 

Edit: I'm just floored by the Crossfire thing. Looking really quick at Youtube videos. It's beating World of Tanks by a massive amount! It looks kind of like Soldier of Fortune 2 or something. WOOOOOOOOW. Still amazed I've never heard of it. Anyone else not aware of that game?

  GoldenArrow

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1/20/14 6:14:33 AM#5
DFO $426 a game not worth running by Nexon NA/EU.
  TheBigDRC

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1/20/14 6:22:53 AM#6

I think CrossFire managed to get those numbers thanks to being released in more countries than WoW. A lot of people going into the microtransaction store.

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  cheyane

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1/20/14 6:26:44 AM#7

SWTOR is in the list number 8 below WoW. People said game was dying and tanking rofl

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  exile01

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1/20/14 6:47:52 AM#8

You know whats crazy about ? If all of them were MMOs:

World of Warcraft: 213mil/12Months/15Dollar=1.183 Mil subscribers paying 15 Dollar per month
League of Legends: 614Mil/12Month/15Dollar= 3.4Mil subscribers paying 15 Dollar per month
Crossfire: 957Mil/12Month/15Dollar=5.3Mil subscribers paying 15 Dollar per month

Star Wars 139Mil/12months/15Dollar=772k subsribers paying 15 Dollar per month

 

Now it seems like P2P games are still the way to go riiiiiiiiight?

GOOD LUCK ESO- SEE YOU in 6 MONTHS GOING F2P!

  TheHavok

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1/20/14 6:52:25 AM#9
More examples of how lucrative and attractive micro transactions and item malls can be. While in the past F2P was only known for having low quality titles but that is now changing. 
  exile01

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1/20/14 7:01:04 AM#10
Whats crazy about Lineage 1  is that it still generates 200Mil each year after so many years.
 
 
Of course those numbers could be easly made up. And superdataresearch.com donest sound trustworthy at all. No serious Business here.
  tom_gore

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1/20/14 7:08:40 AM#11
Originally posted by exile01

You know whats crazy about ? If all of them were MMOs:

World of Warcraft: 213mil/12Months/15Dollar=1.183 Mil Subscribers paying 15 Dollar per Month
League of Legends: 614Mil/12Month/15Dollar= 3.4Mil Subscribers paying 15 Dollar per Month
Crossfire: 957Mil/12Month/15Dollar=5.3Mil Subscribers paying 15 Dollar per Month

 

Now it seems like P2P games are still the way to go riiiiiiiiight?

GOOD LUCK ESO- SEE YOU in 6 MONTHS GOING F2P!

The WoW number was only their cash-shop earnings. The subs are on top of that (and I'd wager they're much higher).

  rodingo

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1/20/14 7:16:56 AM#12
Originally posted by cheyane

SWTOR is in the list number 8 below WoW. People said game was dying and tanking rofl

Those phrases usually come from people who simply do not like (insert game name here).  They are not market analysts nor do they speak on behalf  of any group of players as much as they want to think they do.  That being said, I honestly didn't expect SWTOR to be in the top 10 with their type of f2p model.

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  cheyane

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1/20/14 7:18:36 AM#13

I play SWTOR subbed. I can tell you the game has a lot of people playing and enjoying it. The story is what makes people love it . It may be a disappointment to some but it has a fan base.

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  Dauzqul

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1/20/14 7:31:57 AM#14

I don't believe SWTOR. It's probably just PR... like when CoD Ghosts reported to have sold "x" amount of copies, yet failed to mention that those sales were to retail stores.

SWTOR has tons and tons of "cash shop / subscription" cards at retailers.

  CrazKanuk

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1/20/14 7:36:06 AM#15

What's interesting is that F2P active users actually dropped off by 10% between November and December, whereas subscriptions stayed stable, but F2P revenues still increased. This shows that there is a core audience funding these games. The so called "riff raff" will clear out and there will be ebbs and flows in active users, but overall spending seems to be healthy. 

 

Also found it interesting that 21% of revenues for P2P MMOs come from micro-transactions. 

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1/20/14 7:44:32 AM#16
Wow is not an f2p game. Swtor is OK but has sub option. I hate league. World of tanks is fun, team fortress 2 is OK but still with the exception of wow and swtor, these games are not what I call high quality, maybe for free, but compared to games you actually pay for these games suck. Exception Wow and Swtor.
  exile01

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1/20/14 7:50:56 AM#17
Originally posted by CrazKanuk

What's interesting is that F2P active users actually dropped off by 10% between November and December, whereas subscriptions stayed stable, but F2P revenues still increased. This shows that there is a core audience funding these games. The so called "riff raff" will clear out and there will be ebbs and flows in active users, but overall spending seems to be healthy. 

 

Also found it interesting that 21% of revenues for P2P MMOs come from micro-transactions. 

 

November-December busy time for students. Exams etc.

  SBFord

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OP  1/20/14 8:00:28 AM#18
Originally posted by exile01
Originally posted by CrazKanuk

What's interesting is that F2P active users actually dropped off by 10% between November and December, whereas subscriptions stayed stable, but F2P revenues still increased. This shows that there is a core audience funding these games. The so called "riff raff" will clear out and there will be ebbs and flows in active users, but overall spending seems to be healthy. 

Also found it interesting that 21% of revenues for P2P MMOs come from micro-transactions. 

 November-December busy time for students. Exams etc.

Given that the average age of MMO players is ~27, it is not just students who curtail their gaming during November and December. It is worth noting that the drop off is also likely due to the holidays and the necessity of spending for gifts, spending time with family rather than in game, etc. 

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  Ziegler

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1/20/14 8:02:39 AM#19
*chuckles* and I dont care for a single one of those games.
  remsleep

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1/20/14 8:10:21 AM#20
Originally posted by Rockniss
Wow is not an f2p game. Swtor is OK but has sub option. I hate league. World of tanks is fun, team fortress 2 is OK but still with the exception of wow and swtor, these games are not what I call high quality, maybe for free, but compared to games you actually pay for these games suck. Exception Wow and Swtor.

Read the fine print on WoW - that is money it generated from online shop not subscriptions.

F2P model can potentially have 1000s of items on sale - each one generating revenue.

P2P only model has a single avenue of generating revenue.

To me its pretty obvious which model I would go with if I was running an online game.

 

The main reason why Wildstar and ESO are launching as P2P games is box sales+subs is the quickest way of recouping development costs initially. Once the player numbers start to drop off (normal for all games post launch) both will switch to F2P model.

 

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