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    GW2 - NCSoft 3Q '13 Earnings Report

    Just listened to the NCSoft call as it relates to all their MMOs all the info is available here including the PDF and the stream of the audio. Here are the GW2 results:

    • GW2 dropped 15% in revenue from 2Q '13 to 3Q '13 ($27.1 million dollars to $22.9 million dollars)
    • GW2 had a Chinese closed beta in May '13 and Sept '13.
    • GW2 was supposed to release in China during 4Q '13 but that is delayed.
    • Too early to talk about a GW2 expansion next year as they are first focusing on a Chinese release.
    • GW2 will only look into launching in Korea after Chinese launch and if they see visible results in China.

    B&S seems to be a massive success in China during CBT. They are adding "one server a day". Seeing a lot of queues. And they are already making money from B&S in China during beta. It was hinted that the success of B&S in China might be the reason for the delay of GW2 in China.

    If you are interested in listening the the audio stream in English, the Q&A session which my info comes from is about mid way into the stream. The revenue information is on the PDF itself.

    http://www.ncsoft.net/global/ir/earnings.aspx

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    I thought gw2 didn't want to have an expansion because of living world content?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angarin View Post
    I thought gw2 didn't want to have an expansion because of living world content?
    Someone asked about an expansion, they skirted around the issue by saying they want to focus on Chinese release first. Don't think you guys will see it next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharuko View Post
    Someone asked about an expansion, they skirted around the issue by saying they want to focus on Chinese release first. Don't think you guys will see it next year.
    Ah ok.

    I thought I read an article about it, but I guess they changed their mind.

    I hope it includes perhaps the ritualist or dervish =/

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    Anet says "no plans for expansion", NCSoft tells shareholders they're "thinking about an expansion". Just corporate double speak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svifnymr View Post
    Anet says "no plans for expansion", NCSoft tells shareholders they're "thinking about an expansion". Just corporate double speak.
    Ah I see

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    GW2 dropped 15% in revenue from 2Q '13 to 3Q '13 ($27.1 million dollars to $22.9 million dollars)
    GW2 as in just the box? Or including the cash shop?
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    it's total revenue so that is including everything

    but they report that the cash shop sales is stable so what it really means is a drop in box sales

    makes sense as that happens with all up front purchase games. of course an expansion is the typical way of getting more box sales but they are trying a different strategy. It will be interesting to see if that works in the long haul. I think we'll have to wait until after the Chinese release before making any concrete judgements on the strategy.

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    40bucks a copy would mean that in four months they sold 675k copies in Q2 which is a lot.

    They would've sold another 575k copies in Q3 which is unlikely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meledelion View Post
    40bucks a copy would mean that in four months they sold 675k copies in Q2 which is a lot.

    They would've sold another 575k copies in Q3 which is unlikely.
    Its not unlikely since there were a few sales going on for the box and word of mouth that 2 week content is ramping up (of course all you do is zerg so...)
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    not looking good

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    Quote Originally Posted by InfiniteRetro View Post
    not looking good
    22 million profit in one quarter is not good? From B2P game? wha...
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    all we need is Tackhisis to show up and we will have the trifecta of trolls in one thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by zito View Post
    22 million profit in one quarter is not good? From B2P game? wha...
    It isn't "profit" it is "revenue". Profit is a tiny fraction of revenue. Revenue doesn't account for costs and operations. Operating profit is probably closer to around $5 million dollars. Which probably explains why they have no plans for an expansion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doozerjun View Post
    I think we'll have to wait until after the Chinese release before making any concrete judgements on the strategy.
    China will have almost no effect on revenue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharuko View Post
    Profit is a tiny fraction of revenue.
    profit = revenue - costs

    China will have almost no effect on revenue.
    huh? of course it will have an effect on revenue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doozerjun View Post
    profit = revenue - costs
    I know what it is. But generally operation costs itself are around 60%. You can take a look at the earnings report for NCSoft as a whole and see the ratio of costs to revenue is.

    huh? of course it will have an effect on revenue
    It won't. Go look at the earnings report and look at the total revenue for China/Taiwan. Is is barely anything even though Aion, Lineage and B&S are fairly popular in China. That is because third parties usually take all the revenue. China is good for marketing and that is it, "we have this many subscribers", "we sold this many copies" etc.

    Look at WoW for example, even though Chinese players account for 55% of their population, they represent less than 10% of revenue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharuko View Post
    I know what it is. But generally operation costs itself are around 60%. You can take a look at the earnings report for NCSoft as a whole and see the ratio of costs to revenue is.
    ok but you used profit in the wrong context in your previous post. profit (or loss if costs are more than revenue) is a result from the revenue/cost equation, it's not a part of revenue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doozerjun View Post
    ok but you used profit in the wrong context in your previous post. profit (or loss if costs are more than revenue) is a result from the revenue/cost equation, it's not a part of revenue
    Yeah my only point was the $22.9 million dollars is revenue. It doesn't reflect "profit" as zito stated.

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    Well, hopefully things get better that or they revaluate their cash shop.
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