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General Discussion Forum » The Pub at MMORPG.COM » What's the longest running profitable MMO?

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  Rthuth434

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OP  2/05/13 7:47:08 PM#1

what is it? i mean in the sense that it has a strong showing on the books every quarter, not some "oh we're spending 3600/mo in upkeep and we're making 4100/mo" type deal. something that represents at least 15%(or more) of the parent company's earnings every quarter.

 

is it Lineage?

  crysent

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2/05/13 7:49:58 PM#2
Originally posted by Rthuth434

what is it? i mean in the sense that it has a strong showing on the books every quarter, not some "oh we're spending 3600/mo in upkeep and we're making 4100/mo" type deal. something that represents at least 15%(or more) of the parent company's earnings every quarter.

 

is it Lineage?

Impossible to say really...Could be Lineage, Could be Runescape...

  MadnessRealm

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2/05/13 7:50:39 PM#3

WoW?

Otherwise maybe Runescape?

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  Baxslash

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2/05/13 7:50:57 PM#4
I would have to say Eve Online, they've gone through at least 1 ownership swaps, and, are still going strong.
  64faint

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2/05/13 7:51:42 PM#5
Well one of the oldest mmos is Everquest and it still has strong player base could be that, but definitely WoW is still making money Blizzard did good there
  paulytheb

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2/05/13 7:52:03 PM#6

 UO is still running and still profitable.

Even recently had an expansion I believe.

 

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  Rthuth434

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OP  2/05/13 7:53:04 PM#7
did RS ship before Lineage? it's gotta be one of those two. i don't know if UO meets the requirements. i know EQ is doing well but probably not old enough.
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2/05/13 7:57:01 PM#8
Originally posted by Rthuth434
did RS ship before Lineage? it's gotta be one of those two. i don't know if UO meets the requirements. i know EQ is doing well but probably not old enough.

Lineage older than EQ?  I'm surprised.  I always figured LIN as an eastern EQ clone.

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  FromHell

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2/05/13 7:57:05 PM#9

Meridian 59

http://www.meridian59.com/

then Ultima Online

http://uo.com/

 

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  aRtFuLThinG

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2/05/13 7:59:16 PM#10
Would be UO I think
  Panther2103

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2/05/13 8:02:09 PM#11
Originally posted by FromHell

Meridian 59

http://www.meridian59.com/

then Ultima Online

http://uo.com/

 

But I doubt meridian is actually profitable at this point, they are running purely open source through donations.

  paulytheb

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2/05/13 8:03:01 PM#12
Originally posted by FromHell

Meridian 59

http://www.meridian59.com/

then Ultima Online

http://uo.com/

 

Meridian 59 has had several lengthy shutdowns (longer than 6 months), but I guess that wasn't really specified in the OP's question.

I would say that it disqualifies it from being "the longest running".

 

 

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  Rthuth434

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OP  2/05/13 8:04:26 PM#13
Originally posted by XAPGames
Originally posted by Rthuth434
did RS ship before Lineage? it's gotta be one of those two. i don't know if UO meets the requirements. i know EQ is doing well but probably not old enough.

Lineage older than EQ?  I'm surprised.  I always figured LIN as an eastern EQ clone.

shipped in between UO and EQ. 

 

FYI, unless UO makes 15% or more of EA's profits i don't think it really qualifies. ganted EA has like 100 IP's.

  Rthuth434

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OP  2/05/13 8:05:05 PM#14
Originally posted by paulytheb
Originally posted by FromHell

Meridian 59

http://www.meridian59.com/

then Ultima Online

http://uo.com/

 

Meridian 59 has had several lengthy shutdowns (longer than 6 months), but I guess that wasn't really specified in the OP's question.

I would say that it disqualifies it from being "the longest running".

 

 

 

M59 definitely doesn't count. been shut down several times, gone open source too.

  AutemOx

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2/05/13 8:31:21 PM#15
UO I suppose but I think in the minds of many of us it is EQ1 that started the genre.

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  Irondust

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2/05/13 8:39:33 PM#16

It is Lineage, started in 1998 and still has millions of players in Korea

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2/05/13 8:39:43 PM#17
Originally posted by XAPGames
Originally posted by Rthuth434
did RS ship before Lineage? it's gotta be one of those two. i don't know if UO meets the requirements. i know EQ is doing well but probably not old enough.

Lineage older than EQ?  I'm surprised.  I always figured LIN as an eastern EQ clone.

Lineage came out in 98 EQ came out in 99.

Edit. those are US release dates.

  Pivotelite

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2/05/13 8:47:11 PM#18

First is Lineage second is Runescape.

 

Both still make a ton of money.

  Resia

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2/05/13 8:57:53 PM#19
Last i heard EA still said UO is profitable, that was launched in 1997 correct?

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2/05/13 9:01:28 PM#20
Definitely Lineage 1.

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