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    WoW made 213 million dollars in 2013 from microtransactions!

    Top 10 Online Games, Based on Free-to-Play Earnings - Worldwide
    Rank Title Publisher 2013 Revenue (mil $)
    1 (CrossFire) Tencent/SmileGate $957
    2 (League of Legends) Tencent/Riot Games $624
    3 (Dungeon Fighter Online) Nexon $426
    4 (World of Tanks) Wargaming.net $372
    5 (MapleStory) Nexon $326
    6 (Lineage I) Tencent/SmileGate $257
    7 (World of Warcraft) Activision Blizzard $213**
    8 (Star Wars: The Old Republic) Electronic Arts $139**
    9 (Team Fortress 2) Valve $139
    10 (Counter-Strike Online) Valve/Nexon $121

    ** - Not counting their subscription fees.

    So according to Gamespot, WoW made 213 million dollars from microtransactions alone in 2013. That's from services like realm transfer and pets/mounts.
    linky --http://www.gamespot.com/articles/league-of-legends-revenues-for-2013-total-624-million/1100-6417224/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co

    I never thought these numbers could be so huge.
    Is it finally time for WoW to go ftp? -sorry if this is already posted.

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    Why should they go F2P and suffer the quality loss just because they make good money from services, pets, and mounts? That's like saying to someone that once they reach a certain level of income they should stop getting paid.



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    Wth is CrossFire
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    There's no reason for WoW to go F2P because people are still willing to pay the sub fee (and really $15 a month is chump-change anyway).

    I'm glad to see the store doing so well, hopefully it bodes well for it's future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darsithis View Post
    Why should they go F2P and suffer the quality loss just because they make good money from services, pets, and mounts? That's like saying to someone that once they reach a certain level of income they should stop getting paid.
    They've been looking at going free-play if they can support the current content output (or a better one) just off microtransaction sales. These are close figures to figures they cited for sub gains back when the game was near its apex in terms of subscribers, so who knows. Maybe they're shifting toward a freemium-with-sub-option business model, given that pay-to-play is generally a dying model and I'm pretty sure there's maybe ten MMOs who can hump that ruck these days.

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    I just looked up what CrossFire is, and srsly u tell me they made the most money?
    Srsly that game looks 20 years old o.o
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darsithis View Post
    Why should they go F2P and suffer the quality loss just because they make good money from services, pets, and mounts? That's like saying to someone that once they reach a certain level of income they should stop getting paid.
    Because i think they could make more money by going ftp, and instead of 7 mill active accounts we would have 20+ mill.
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    wth is crossfire?


    edit: it's a korean war fps...

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    F2P will never work with a game like WoW. I honestly don't think it'll ever go F2P.

    The game was designed from 2000-2005, which was far before the model was introduced. It wasn't built to really ever support it, and even all of these things they've introduced still don't point to F2P.. this game, this Pay to Play game, is simply adjusting its model (not the PAYING model, but the gameplay/MMO aspect of it) to fit the current market.

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    No this means keep the subscription fee and more micro transactions. Why? Because people are willing to pay for them.

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    Thats quite a number. I do wonder how much of it is from either services, pets and mounts. And to think WoW shouldn't be ''allowed'' to ask for real money on their services and items, while they're gonna make 213 million dollar with it in 2013 alone...

    Do they actually count charity pets in it aswell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gimlix View Post
    I just looked up what CrossFire is, and srsly u tell me they made the most money?
    Srsly that game looks 20 years old o.o
    I Googled it and saw that it was a game made in Korea and i stopped reading after that cause thats al i needed to know.
    Koreans can be crazy about their games so if the game is big in Korea then that amount of money isnt that strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McNeil View Post
    Do they actually count charity pets in it aswell?
    Good question. I'm not sure if the Fey Dragon and Alterac Pup were fully calculated because a portion of the profits went to charity.

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    I think this paid lvl 90 thing, will make WoW top the chart in 2014/15.

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    10 euro's is not what i find mircotransaction

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    I've heard of all of them except the #1 - Crossfire. What the junk is that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smece View Post
    Is it finally time for WoW to go ftp?
    Why would it go free to play? Blizzard can have their sub and add microtransactions to the business model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Destil View Post
    Good question. I'm not sure if the Fey Dragon and Alterac Pup were fully calculated because a portion of the profits went to charity.
    They probably counted the portion of proceeds that they held on to.

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    WoW doesn't need F2P, they could simply expand their dual system and offer more stuff, even gear for $ while still subscription based.
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    It's mostly from the east where they don't have the standard western subscription.
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