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Funcom CEO: 'Our Games Will Continue Running'

Posted Aug 18, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Funcom CEO: 'Our Games Will Continue  Running'

In a new interview over at GamesIndustry.biz, Funcom CEO Rui Casais tells players of the company's games that "our live games will continue running either by us or someone else as they are generating profit." Additionally, Casais admits that the company hasn't always made the right decisions and is aware of the mistakes of the past but that, without naming specifics, Funcom is in discussion with companies in several different arenas.

This isn't the first crisis at Funcom in recent years - why were revenue predictions for Minifigures Online so far out and why was there no contingency plan in place?

"There are most likely many factors as to why LEGO Minifigures Online did not meet the forecasted expectations. That could include factors such as competition with other LEGO games tied to stronger and more popular IPs (such as Star Wars, The Hobbit, Marvel etc.), challenges related to the purchasing ability among the target audience and the fact that this was a pure digital title, not to mention the fact that the game had already been available in a free-to-play form the year before (where it then consumed a fair share of interested players). It was also our first mobile launch, and we most likely underestimated the work and overestimated the total revenue potential. When the project started, it was not meant to go mobile, but the changing market led us to switch from initially planning to be browser-based to going mobile."

Read the full interview at the link above.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom