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Javien: A Payment Company

Posted Mar 04, 2008 by Jon Wood

Javien: A Payment Company

At the Game Developer's Conference, we talk to all kinds of companies, form game developers to AI engineering companies. Today, Larua Genender files her editoial report on Javien, a payment company.

During the Game Developer’s Conference I had the pleasure of meeting with Leslie Poole (Chief Executive Officer) and Linda Hagopian (Vice President of Marketing and Communications) from Javien, specialists in digital payment solutions. While the Javien team is well versed in subscription style games, our focus today was their industry expertise in the MMO payment plan of the future: micropayments.

I came to our meeting with some uncertainty; I’m not a big supporter of the micropayment model, and I’m more willing to spend 15$ a month on subscriptions than 5$ a month on random items. The reason behind my prejudice? I like an even playing field, where everyone has the same tools and skills to start with. If another user is able to level or make money faster than me, fine, but if they’re able to buy their way up the ladder I start feeling uncomfortable. Hell, I feel uncomfortable “buying my way up the ladder” myself; I feel guilty at the thought of buying a sword, even if that’s the only way to obtain it.

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