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2/12/09 12:58:19 AM#121
isnt this the same shit they did in MCO? fired everyone and claimed the game was gonna continue before they closed it down outta nowhere? only a moron would buy a mmo from EA.
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2/12/09 10:50:38 PM#122
Obviously these calculations are kind of pointless because they are oversimplified. The decisions in shutting down a game are a bit more complicated than some people seem to think. It's not a case of "As long as we don't lose money we let it run".
The point at which a game becomes undesirable to run is not when it stops making profit. But when the return on the capital that is employed to keep it running gets smaller than with other options. For example whats the point in running the game when you can just fire everyone, sell off the assets, carry your money to the bank and make more.
On the other hand even if running an MMO might not be as profitable for a company than other ventures it is a steady stream of cash. This can improve the company's liquidity and might still benefit the overall business more than shutting it down.
Shutting a game down can create negative publicity at the playerbase but if it is not running profitable it will actually send a positive signal to shareholders, so will firing people so thats not really an argument for keeping anything running.
Obviously Mythic expected more players and had the servers and staff in place now that they have less subscribers some of them have to go. This does not really tell anything about how profitable their operations are running only that they are scaling down certain activities.
I bet I could think of a few more things that are important to consider but I guess you are getting my point:
Its all just wild speculation.
BTW: The development budget itself is mostly irrelevant for the profitability as the money is gone. Shutting down a game would not do much towards recovering it. However any interest for loans would have to considered.
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